Most men would relate to the misery and discomfort that can sometimes arise with daily/regular shaving. We all want to look well-groomed, but when you shave, your skin might be left irritated with ingrown hair, razor burn, nicks, or cuts. Is it because of your razor? Yes, could be. But a good shaving cream is just as important as a good razor.
The best shaving cream for men helps in softening hard facial hair, making the razor glide with ease. It also helps in soothing the skin and making it feel refreshed post-shaving, thus minimising cuts and bumps. From Cremo Original to Forest Essentials and Billy Jealousy, many brands sell shaving creams with quality ingredients. Listed below are some of the best-recommended ones from the lot.
Selecting a good quality shaving cream can make the difference between healthy skin and skin that feels itchy, dry, and dehydrated with nicks and cuts. The right product will add a layer of lubrication to minimise friction between a razor and your skin.
It will also have all the quality ingredients, including glycerin, coconut acid, and potassium hydroxide to provide the best possible protection.
The first and foremost thing to consider is to understand your skin type. Beard hair is tough and wiry, but your facial skin is soft. Good shaving cream will prep, protect, and moisturise your skin. Therefore, it is important to choose a product that complements your skin type.
If your skin feels dull, rough, and flaky with red patches, it is a sign that you have dry skin. So, you need a shaving cream with a moisturising base that will keep your skin hydrated while you shave. Glycerin-based shaving creams are excellent moisturisers that also ensure that the razor glides along your skin without any cuts or nicks.
Shaving cream with added ingredients such as coconut oil, aloe vera, and vitamin E also protect and lubricate the skin, diminishing redness associated with dry skin. However, there's an ingredient that you should avoid, especially if you have dry skin - benzyl alcohol. Though it is used mainly for its antibacterial properties, it robs the skin of its natural sebum.
Large, visible pores and frequent acne blemishes are some signs of oily skin. So, you need a shaving cream with the bare minimum quantity of oils and fats. Eliminating oils and fats from shaving creams is not possible as they both are necessary to carry other ingredients, including glycerin and lather-producing agents.
If you have oily skin, you might want to opt for a shaving cream with an astringent in it, like witch hazel. It is a natural tropical remedy that contains several compounds with anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties that are useful in treating acne and skin sensitivity.
The shaving cream with astringent will help cut through excess oil and refine pores to reduce greasiness. It also cleanses irritants from the skin, thus lowering the risk of breakouts.
Sensitive skin is kind of hard to deal with, but the right set of products/ingredients can control the trigger reactions. When it comes to choosing shaving cream for sensitive skin, look for a gentle formula. You may want to pick hypoallergenic products with ingredients like aloe, green tea and oatmeal.
All these ingredients are meant to soothe irritated skin – redness, bumps, rashes, and burning sensation that you might feel after completing your shave. If you still notice bumps appearing on your skin after each shave, you can switch to a cream that has glycolic acid (it exfoliates dead skin cells and free ingrown hair).
Also, it is advised to read the label carefully; it should say 'hypoallergenic' or 'dermatologically tested'. Another thing to keep in mind is to stay away from scented or artificially fragrant shaving creams, as it's often the perfumes in these products that irritate the skin.
Lather shaving creams are not ready for use right out of the jar. They are used by mixing them with water, lathering them up and applying them with a badger, aka shaving brush. These creams help soften your beard as they allow you to warm up the cream with warm water before the shave.
Using a brush also helps remove dead skin gently, giving you a smoother, softer complexion. Non-lather shaving creams are designed with ease of application in mind. They come out of the tube or jar foamy and ready to spread over your skin with your fingertips.
Non-lather shaving creams save time and are easier to use when travelling. These are designed for guys who have no interest in shaving or don't have time to work up a lather.
Most natural ingredients are biodegradable and work in sync with the body's natural functions and cycles. So, you should look for shaving creams containing natural oils (almond, coconut, avocado, and jojoba) and natural essential oils (lavender, eucalyptus, sandalwood, lemon, lime, peppermint and cedarwood, to name a few).
Despite the name, these ingredients are not oily for the skin. They evaporate almost immediately upon contact with the skin, leaving behind a smooth and soft texture. Ideal shaving cream should be a blend of a few drops of essential oil and an all-natural base. Cremo Original Shave Cream, Forest Essentials' Sandalwood and Orange Peel Shaving Cream are some of the best ones in the market.
Chemical dyes, synthetic perfumes, detergents, petrochemical by-products, and alcohol-derivates are the ingredients to avoid. Certain chemical dyes such as FD&C (Food, Drug and Cosmetic) colours, D&C (Drug and Cosmetics) colours, and HC (Historical Colours) are harsh chemicals that can cause allergic reactions and rashes. Synthetic and artificial fragrances can cause allergies, headache, and dizziness.
To generate foam while shaving, certain brands add detergents, such as TEA, DEA MEA, and sodium lauryl sulphate, which strip off oil and everything from the skin's surface. Petrochemicals are cheap substitutes for natural oils that can clog pores, preventing the skin's natural respiration process.
Some of the common petrochemicals you'll find in the market are paraffin, mineral oil, and petrolatum. Any shaving cream that contains alcohol-derivate should also be avoided as it can lead to extreme dryness, peeling, swelling, and skin eruptions.
A shaving cream's scent can be chosen as per your preference or skin type. We'd suggest you choose as per your skin type as it'll prevent any future allergic reaction. If you have sensitive skin or skin prone to razor burn and soreness, scentless shaving cream, or one with rose and lavender oil will suit your skin.
If your skin is prone to breakouts post-shave, creams containing cedarwood, peppermint and sandalwood will care for your skin. For those whose skin is susceptible to cuts and nicks, a cream containing lemon, lime, or bergamot oil will be helpful.
Now that you know what to look for in shaving cream let's talk about the top 10 shaving creams that the men recommend. We'll talk about shaving creams that suit different skin types and fit under different budgets.
|Key Ingredients||Lemon, Fruit Extract, Papaya, Olive Leaf Extract|
|Key Ingredients||Sandalwood Paste, Citrus Extracts, Aloe Vera Juice|
|Key Ingredients||Tea Tree Oil, Aloe Vera, Bees Wax, Menthol Extracts|
|Key Ingredients||Maca Root, Aloe|
|Key Ingredients||Lavender, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Cedar|
|Key Ingredients||Peppermint Oil, Orange Oil|
|Scent||Natural Citrus, Mint|
|Skin Type||Normal, Dry, Sensitive|
|Key Ingredients||Glycerin, Coconut Oil, Sandalwood Essential Oil|
|Scent||Natural Citrus, Mint|
|Key Ingredients||Jojoba Oil, Eucalyptus, Macadamia Nut Oil|
|Key Ingredients||Lubricants, Aloe|
|Key Ingredients||Fresh Lime|
Bombay Shaving Company
The Body Shop
Taylor of Old Bond Street
The Art of Shaving Shaving
Original Formula Shave Cream
Shaving Cream Sandalwood & Orange Peel
Maca Root & Aloe Softening Shaving Cream
Sandalwood Shaving Cream
Hydroplane Super Slick Shave Cream
Sandalwood Essential Oil
Beard Lube Conditioning Shave
Moisturizing Shave Gel with Vitamin E
Lather Shaving Cream
Fight Razor Burn and Skin Irritation
Authentic Ayurvedic Formula for All Skin Types
Moisturising Shaving Cream for a Skin-Friendly Shave
Packed with Organic Aloe Vera for a Comfortable Shave
Best Scented Shaving Cream
Gentle and Foamless Shaving Cream
Premier Skincare Shaving Cream
An All-in-One Shaving Conditioner
A Gentle Formula for a Hassle-Free Shave
A Classic Formula for a Close and Comfortable Shave
|Price Starts at||₹3,499.00||₹695.00||₹195.00||₹1,295.00||₹6,599.00||₹10,820.00||₹6,999.00||₹8,999.00||₹85.00||₹240.00|
|Skin Type||Sensitive||All||All||Dry||-||-||Normal, Dry, Sensitive||-||-||-|
|Key Ingredients||Lemon, Fruit Extract, Papaya, Olive Leaf Extract||Sandalwood Paste, Citrus Extracts, Aloe Vera Juice||Tea Tree Oil, Aloe Vera, Bees Wax, Menthol Extracts||Maca Root, Aloe||Lavender, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Cedar||Peppermint Oil, Orange Oil||Glycerin, Coconut Oil, Sandalwood Essential Oil||Jojoba Oil, Eucalyptus, Macadamia Nut Oil||Lubricants, Aloe||Fresh Lime|
|Scent||Citrus||Lightly Scented||Yes||-||Sandalwood, Cedar||Natural Citrus, Mint||Natural Citrus, Mint||-||Lightly Scented||Scented|
You don't have to be trained like a professional to shave like one. However, there are a few tips and tricks you can keep in mind to get the perfect shave at home.
If you are ready to update your skincare routine or start afresh, there are few basic products that you might need to get to your A-game. We've linked some of our favourite products down below for you to look at and add to the cart.
Whether you're a daily shaver or someone who shaves once in a while, you do need good quality products, including a shaving cream to get a neat and comfortable shave. We listed all the ingredients to look out for in shaving cream, depending on your skin type. Hope our research has helped you find the perfect one.
Author: Srishti Sikka
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