Remember the time when aftershaves weren't popular yet, and your barber used to rub your face with a block of 'Fitkari' post a shave? Well, if you're too young and from a metro city, you'd probably not even know what 'Fitkari' or Alum is, and for good reason. Fitkari or Alum (also called potassium alum, potash alum, or potassium aluminium sulfate) is a colourless astringent compound which is a hydrated double sulphate of aluminium and potassium, used in solution in dyeing and tanning. It is easily available in the market, and here are 5 reasons why every man should keep some of it handy in his bathroom cabinet.1. As An Aftershave
Alum can be used after a shave instead of an aftershave lotion. It stops bleeding from minor cuts, and is a great skin healer.
© Getty Images2. As A Natural Toner And Skin Tightener
Alum is an amazing toner, and also tightens the skin, giving it a natural glow. Especially for older people who suffer from sensitive skin, this can be a great alternative to regular products.
© Instagram/Tigerjackieshroff3. As A Cure For Mouth Ulcers
Alum can be used to cure mouth ulcers and canker sores. All one needs to do is put some alum powder on top of the ulcer/sore, leave it on for about 30-40 seconds, and then wash it off.4. For Bad Breath
Add a pinch of alum powder along with a pinch of rock salt to a glass of warm water and use it as a mouthwash. It acts as a great natural alternative to a mouthwash.
© Getty Images5. To Get Rid Of Dark Circles
A little bit of alum powder mixed with water, when applied on dark circles, will help you get rid of them.
One product, so many benefits! The more you know, they said.