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How Shaving Creams and Gels Work

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Shaving isn’t the most effective way to remove hair, but many people rely on it because it’s painless and cheap. Unlike laser hair removal, the effects of shaving only last for a short amount of time before stubble grows in. Shaving cream aims to lubricate the skin prior to shaving for a closer, more comfortable shave that lasts longer. There are many shaving creams available on the market. If you want the best shave, it’s important you find one that’s right for you.

History of Shaving Cream

The concept of lubricating the skin before shaving can be traced as far back as 3000 B.C, using animal fat. Up until the 20th century, people relied on bar soaps to create a lather before shaving. To use bar soaps, a shaving brush had to be moistened and then rubbed on the soap. The lather was then applied to the skin. Shaving soap and brushes are still manufactured by brands such as Colonel Ichabond Conk and Country Uncle. As opposed to shaving cream, which is used by both sexes all over the body, shaving soaps are generally used for men’s facial hair only. Modern-day aerosol shaving cream was introduced in the 1950s. Today, about two-thirds of shavers use this type of pre-shaving product.

Purpose of Shaving Cream

The basic function of shaving cream is to make shaving more effective and efficient. A completely smooth shave is hard to achieve, but shaving cream does help. It does this by softening the hairs so that they’re easier for the razor’s blades to cut off. Shaving cream also moisturizes the skin and prevents razor burn. Razor burn isn’t really a “burn” of any type—it occurs when the razor drags against the surface of the skin and causes irritation. Shaving cream also creates a visible lather on the surface of the skin, which can be useful for keeping track of what areas you’ve already shaved and which have yet to be shaved.

Shaving Cream, Foam, and Gel

Shaving cream is most often found in cans, but can also be purchased in tubes or tubs. It can take the form of a cream, foam, or gel. Shaving gel usually exits the can as a gel and then expands to a foam when you agitate it. Thus, it’s more cost-effective to purchase shaving gel than foam or cream, since gel takes up less space in the can. Shaving creams that produce dense, thick layers are optimal because they provide the most lubrication.

Get the Most out of Your Shaving Cream

Shaving products work best on skin that’s well-prepared. Hot or warm water helps to soften the hairs and open the pores. Apply the shaving cream to skin that’s damp but not wet. Shave with the grain rather than against it—that means shave in the same direction that your hair grows. Shaving against the grain can cause irritation and ingrown hairs.

Shaving Cream Ingredients

Before purchasing a shaving cream, you’ll want to check out the ingredient list on the back. Many shaving creams that are packaged in tubes contain alcohol. Although it’s a cheap filler ingredient, alcohol isn’t the best choice for a shaving cream because it dries the skin out. Natural ingredients that are commonly added to shaving cream, like cucumber, oatmeal, and shea butter, are useful because they add additional soothing properties.

Beyond Shaving Cream

Shaving cream will certainly aid your shaving experience. But shaving is a temporary form of hair removal that will only give you a smooth surface for about a day. laser hair removal is permanent, meaning you never have to worry about shaving or stubble again. To set up an appointment or free consultation with a laser hair removal specialist in your area, contact us today!

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