Believe it or not, running a razor blade over your face can agitate skin – causing irritation, redness, ingrown hairs and breakouts. Men's shaving creams and soaps provide a lubricated surface for blades to glide across and add a layer of protection for your skin. A quality shave cream or shaving soap sinks in beyond the top layer of skin to nourish and protect. We’ve outlined the main attributes of each below:
• Thick, rich emulsions that protect the skin.
• Typically, not as effective lathering with a brush unless specifically designed for such.
• Apply a modest layer across your face and work in aggressively. If it’s not touching your skin (it's foamed up an inch off it), it’s not doing anything.Our recommendation: Grooming Lounge Beard Destroyer Shave Cream
• Comes as a block or a puck.
• Requires a brush and a bowl to lather up.
• For thicker soaps, increase lathering time.
• Provides a lubricated surface for the razor to glide.Our recommendation: Truefitt & Hill Luxury Shave Soap
Learning the proper technique to lathering is key for getting the right thickness, without using too much.
• Place the shaving cream or soap into a shaving bowl.
• Wet your shave brush and shake off excess water so that it does not dilute the cream/soap.
• Work the product in a circular motion with the shave brush.
• Use the brush to apply the lather to your face, going with and against the grain to stand up whiskers.