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What's the Difference Between Shave Cream, Foam and Gel?

What's the Difference Between Shave Cream, Foam and Gel?

If you want a better shave, it’s all about the razor glide. Decreasing friction between the blade(s) and your skin means less tugging, less irritation, and less hassle. But with so many options on the shelves, in the aisles and online, how do you know which one to choose? In this blog post, we’ll talk about the differences, benefits and drawbacks of shave cream, foam, and shave gel.

When trying to decide on a shaving lubricant, it’s important that it does two things: prevent dryness and actually lift the hair off the skin to make shaving easier---so that you avoid nicks, cuts, razor burn and bumps along the way.

Shave Cream

We’ve seen a resurgence in popularity for this classic technique. Most guys use a boar bristle brush to apply the cream more evenly across the skin.

The rich texture make it great for smoother skin post-shave and the brush helps to lift the hair. But it does require a lot of one thing: time.

If you need to leave the house in ten minutes, this might not be your best choice. Preparation, application, and clean up can eat up valuable minutes if you're grooming on the go. 

Shave Foam

This is probably what you grew up on. Foam takes some of the hassle out of applying a traditional cream by using an aerosol can to speed up the process. The thick foam coats the skin, moistening the hairs pre-shave. You save time on lathering up and most guys can usually remove any residual foam with a wet towel. 

But...heavy foam (just like creams) obscure the shaving surface, making hairs difficult to see and hence increasing strokes. 

Shave Gel

Here's what most guys experience to be the best of both worlds. Shave gels combine smooth application, no lather time, and moisturizing ingredients to soothe the skin and encourage razor glide. And what makes a shave gel like ours different is that it's completely foam free. It goes on clear so you can actually see what you're shaving. Which means less strokes, less nicks, and of course less irritation. 

See it in action for yourself!

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