How To Use & Lather Shaving Cream To Get 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.

Understanding High Quality Shaving Creams

So this is article is all about using a shaving cream that is high quality. When we talk about high quality, we mean a bush that softens the bristles 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

Here are the main reasons, and the benefits of using a shaving cream, rather than a soap, gel or shaving foam:

  • 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 unlike a soap where you have to create your own lather
  • 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 and brush. Just remember though this can simple be applied directly by hand.

What Are the Best Shaving Creams?

I have done a full review of the best shaving creams which you can read by clicking on the button above. However for a quick reference I have done shortened reviews of our top two shaving creams that we would recommend below.

  1. Taylor of Old Bond Street
  2. Proraso Shaving Cream

No 1 Choice - Taylor of Old Bond Street Shaving Cream

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 speak highly of this cream. However if the smell of the forest sandalwood is not your thing, then it is available in other fragrances such as the Coconut Shaving Cream of the Lemon & Lime Shaving Cream.

It is paraben free so 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.

No 2 Choice - 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.

This particular one he asked us to recommend, comes in a 150 ml tube, and is made using eucalyptus oil, menthol and glycerine.

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.

If you are interesting in making your own shaving cream at home, then click on this link on how to make homemade shaving cream.

Avoid Shaving Foams and Gels

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.

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?

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