There are two types of Aftershaves; an Aftershave Splash and an Aftershave Balm. Aftershave Splashes are alcohol-based and will sting a bit at first, but ultimately serve to disinfect and tone your skin. Aftershave Balms soothe burn and redness, while also moisturizing and protecting your freshly-shaved dermis. Aftershave Balms are wonderful during winter months or for anyone with dry/sensitive skin. Many folks use both, starting with alcohol and following with balm, to reap the combined effects of both types. In addition to an aftershave splash or balm, an alum block can be used to aid in toning the skin and remedying any small cuts or nicks after shaving.