A smooth shave would be impossible without a rich lather that serves three main functions: it lubricates, opens up the pores and desensitizes the skin. You can get this lather from various types of pre-shave cosmetics, such as shaving soaps, foams and creams.
Choosing between these types can be confusing, especially when you’re not aware of the major differences between them.
A shaving soap is a kind of soap that is whipped up into lather before shaving. Shaving soaps have been in use since the early nineteenth century. Their popularity has died down ever since shaving creams and foams were introduced. However, they are still used by many people who prefer the traditional ways.
Shaving creams generally contain oils, soaps and water to give lather for a perfect shave. Shaving creams are available in tubes and pressurized cans. In order to create lather out of the cream from tubes, a shaving brush is required.
Shaving foams can be bought in pressurized containers and they do not need to be lathered up. They can be simply applied to the face; this eliminates the need for a shaving brush.
The following pros and cons of each of the shaving products highlight the main advantages and disadvantages. These may vary from people to people, and there is no hard-and-fast rule regarding the best option from the three. You should choose a product that works best for you.
Pros & Cons of Using Shaving Foam
Shaving foams come in pressurized containers and are the easiest of all to use.
- Extremely easy to use; all it takes is to apply the foam to the face without the need to create a lather. This saves time and is convenient for many people.
- It is generally expensive
- It can be quite messy
- Does not remove any dead skin cells as no shaving brush is required to create the lather
Pros & Cons of Using Shaving Soap
Traditional shaving soaps still haven’t been eliminated by the newer types of pre-shave cosmetics. Here are some pros and cons of using a shaving soap.
- They are generally slicker because of the numerous ingredients such as glycerin, lanolin, tallow and bentonite clay. This provides a smoother shave, especially for people who have dense facial hair.
- They generally are easy on the skin because some of them do not have any scents added to them that may cause allergenic reactions in some people
- It can be difficult to get a rich lather from soaps for people who are new to wet shaving
- They can dry the skin
Pros & Cons of Using Shaving Cream
Shaving cream is quite popular among new and seasoned wet shavers. Here’s why:
- They are easy to use even for those who are new to wet shaving
- They can provide considerable protection to the skin because of the added additives
- The scents can sometimes irritate the skin of some people