How To Use Shaving Cream For the Best Results
When I first started shaving, I used shaving soap like the many generations before me did. When shaving cream arrived, I was a bit dubious about checking it out.
I think though that when you learn how to use shaving cream properly, then you may come to the same conclusion as me.
Now please understand I am not talking here about that horrible foam stuff that squirts out of a can. That I can assure you is not even close to proper quality shaving cream. We are also not talking about shaving gels here that are often used with disposable razors.
We are talking about very high quality shaving creams, that have been made to work the best with how our face interacts with a sharp blade. They are all about raising the stubble, for a close shave, and at the same time offering our skin the maximum protection.
High Quality Shaving Creams
So this is article is all about using a shaving cream that is high quality, softens the bristles on the brush and gives you a very smooth application, that is then removed with your razor. Now traditionally, shaving cream is applied using a shaving brush, but it can also be applied by the hand.
In all honesty, the hand application is the best way for a beginner. Once you get used to doing this by hand, you can then start having a look around at what brushes are available.
We would always recommend, when starting out, to use your hand and fingers to get the best feel for using the cream. It really is a simple matter of taking a dollop of the cream into your hand, and then massaging it into your stubble.
Learning to use a shaving cream effectively takes a little bit of practise, but trust me, you will most likely end up going down that route. There are different arguments as to whether shaving soap or shaving cream is best.
We have made a short list of the main reasons for using a shaving cream down below rather than going into the whole wider debate..
Benefits of Using A Shaving Cream
- It is quick and convenient
- It is much easier to use, and ideal if you are a beginner
- Shaving cream contains more glycerine than soap, and that makes for a smoother shave.
- It is less work and making a lather is instant
- It is also relatively cheap, so will not break the bank either
- A tub of shaving cream in your bathroom for me anyway, shows a little sophistication and that you care a lot about your appearance.
How To Use Shaving Cream Like A Barber
- Fill your sink with hot water and properly soak your shaving brush. This will soften the bristles in the brush, and also fills the bristles with water and gets it ready for the cream. You can also skip using the brush and simply apply the cream by hand.
- Wash your face and especially the bristles with hot water as the first stage in the process of softening them up. Now in the ideal world you should either steam your stubble, or wrap it in a hot towel as they do in the barbers. I basically combine two activities which does the same job. I have a nice hot shower in the morning, which creates steam, and then I shave. Let’s face it few people have time to prepare a hot towel first thing in the morning.
- Now you can either load up your brush with cream, or simply apply the cream to your face. If using a brush a little will go a very long way. I am old-fashioned and I still like to lather my shaving cream, in a shaving mug with my badger bristle brush. It makes the most amazing lather if you have the time and patience to do that. When it looks like whipped cream it is good to use.
- Now apply the cream to the face, and really use the brush to get into the stubble. Many people rush this part, but I urge you not to do that. Using circular motions you want all of the skin covered and the skin fully lubricated for the arrival of the razor. It really does make for a much smoother shave.
The video below, shows you step by step, how to actually create a good lather using a shaving cream.
What Are The Best Shaving Creams?
I have done a full review of the best shaving creams which you can read by clicking here. However for a quick reference I have done shortened reviews of our top three shaving creams that we would recommend below.
Taylor of Old Bond Street
Taylor of Old Bond Street, as the name tends to suggest, has been around for a very long time.
They are famous for their “Sandalwood shaving cream,” and is the one that I personally prefer to use.
It is a world-wide best selling shaving cream, so it needs no additional plaudits from the team here at the Shaving Emporium.
Not only does this screw top tub of cream, look high quality, it creates a smooth and creamy lather, which comes with a masculine fragrance of sandalwood.
The reviews on this product as we mentioned speak for themselves, and if the smell of the forest sandalwood is not your thing, then it is available in other fragrances such as the coconut, lemon and lime and several others.
It is paraben free and perfect for those men with sensitive skin. In many cosmetic products, the manufacturers use preservatives to make the product longer lasting. Those are referred to as parabens, and you will not find these in this product. Each tub contains 150 grams of shaving cream and in our opinion, if you use this one, you will never use anything else again.
Proraso Shaving Cream
This shaving cream from the Italian company Proraso, gets rave reviews from all of its users. Geoff, one of the contributors to this website, is convinced that this cream out performs all others. The people who have bought and used this cream, would all hold similar views to Geoff.
Again this sells a lot all over the world so clearly it is hugely popular, and at around £7 a tube, is really good value for money. The company was formed way back in 1926, so they have been at this for a very long time.
This one you can not just put straight on to the face. You will need a shaving mug and a shaving brush, to be able to whip it into a lather.
What Geoff really liked about this cream, was the after effect. He said that it made his skin feel alive and really healthy. There is no question that is right at the top of the range.
Well what a one to finish on for these short reviews. For around £9 you get 100 ml of luxury shaving cream.
This one was put together by fellow shavers, is paraben free and uses a fresh and classic English barber shop scent.
The one thing that strikes you right away about this one, is as you can see, the packaging. Just how cool does that look!
This product won the “FHM Grooming Awards Product of the Year 2013,” and the makers were well pleased with that. This is fully designed for men who have really tough stubble.
I tried this one myself and no doubt it creates a great lather and I really love the fragrance. I don’t have very hard stubble though so I asked Charlie. He checked this one out and has now converted to this product.
So hopefully you are now much better informed about how to use shaving cream, and the best types available. If you want to have a look at more shaving creams then why not check out our shaving cream review page.
For Charlie, he found that other shaving creams did not get right into and soften his pretty prolific hair growth. This Bluebeards one did so he is a mover. In the end though, this will all come down to your own personal preference.
I have moved to using cream, but I still have the odd shave using the more traditional soap, and making a nice rich lather.
They do say that a change is as good as a rest, and I think it is good to try out a variety of shaving techniques and decide which ones you prefer.
Avoid Shaving Foams and Gels
I could produce here a very long list of why you should avoid the dreaded foam in a can. Rather than bore you to death with my reasons for this, all I will say is to check out the ingredients on the side of the can. There is no way I would put that stuff on my face.
Gels are slightly better, and they work for people as they are quick and easy to put on.
I hope that this page has helped you understand the best ways to use shaving cream, so why not give it a try?