What do you use to shave? Soap? Gel? Just water? There are so many shaving products out there at the moment it’s almost impossible to know what’s good and what’s not.
I’ve tried quite a few and thought I’d share my findings.
Soap stick and brush
To be honest, I’ve found this old-style product to give the best results. Soak the brush in a basin of hot water while you wet your face and rub the stick over your stubble. Ring out the brush then use it to froth up the soap on your face.
I use the Palmolive soap stick. It’s perfume free and leaves a good finish. If – like me – you have sensitive skin and suffer from shaving rash, this is the best product.
Make sure you get a good quality brush but be aware – some bristles are from unethically farmed animal products.
I really wish this stuff worked better. You pump a small amount into your hand and rub it into your stubble. The oil is supposed to lubricate the blades but it doesn’t really. Instead it collects all the cut hair and glues it between the blades so your razor can’t cut.
You have to scrape out the goop on the razor every three or four strokes. It’s very annoying and doesn’t leave you with a very close shave.
It’s a real shame because the oil does leave your skin feeling very hydrated and soft, and the small bottles travel well.
These canisters of compressed gas that squirt foam into your hand are much better than they used to be. I’ve been using a Gillette Sensitive Skin for a while and have found it’s pretty good. It used to react badly with my skin but not anymore.
You only need a blob about the size of a ping pong ball to cover your face – you don’t need to turn into Santa every time you shave!
I’ve recently started using this and I’m pretty happy with the results. It’s somewhere between a soap and the oil. You only need a couple of pumps of the gel on wet skin. It kind of foams up a little bit as you rub it into your stubble.
Leave it for about 20 seconds while you get your razor ready. Then just shave as normal.
The shave still isn’t as close as the foam or the soap, but it’s pretty good and it leaves a nice moisturising finish.
I’ve only talked about a few brands here, and there are literally hundreds to choose from.
If you’ve had a good experience with other products (or different experiences with the ones I have mentioned), let me know in the comments!