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Men’s Shave Gels and Creams

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Shaving cream is no less important than the razor, and overlooked all-too often.

Having figured out to shave on my own, I learned firsthand the value of a quality shave cream: walking into class with a face covered in blotches and shaving cuts will quickly impress the value of a quality shave cream.

With that in mind, EveryGuyed has done the legwork for you, and has compiled this selection of Men’s Shave Gels & Creams to hopefully save you some time and effort.

Your Shaving Needs

Every shave gel and shave cream is designed to meet a certain need. Before you can make any sort of decision, you need to consider what kind of face you’re working with, and what specific needs you have.

Dry skin needs shaving foam designed to retain moisture, while straight razor fans may need something that really picks the hair up and protects the skin.

Once you’ve determined what you need, then you can try finding the shaving product for you.

Before you can make any sort of decision, you need to consider what kind of face you’re working with, and what specific needs you have.

For Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin flakes easily in cold weather, and tends to scrape and cut easily when shaving. It dries out, and leaves your face stinging in the winter winds.

Dry skin requires special care when shaving, and special attention.

Use lukewarm water to avoid drying the skin more; change razorblades often, and always shave with the grain.

For the most sensitive and easily cut of skin, consider using Kiss My Face Fragrance Free Moisture Shave, an organic shave product designed for sensitive skin.

Made in New York’s Hudson Valley and widely available, this cream will protect even the most sensitive of skin.

You may want to consider skipping aftershave, as the alcohol in many aftershaves dries out the skin.

Sensitive skin flakes easily in cold weather, and tends to scrape and cut easily when shaving. It dries out, and leaves your face stinging in the winter winds.

For Oily Skin

Oily skin tends to have an unpleasant looking shine about it. You tend to look rosy and attract glare in photographs, and it probably drives you insane.

The easiest fix is to use a good astringent and exfoliate to draw the oil out of your skin

Men with oily skin, however, need to pay less attention to shave creams, and more to aftershaves.

Spanish aftershave Floid offers a fragrant smell that draws to mind memories of straight razor shaves in old-world barbershops. Best of all, it’ll tone the skin and keep any excess oils out.

Oily skin tends to have an unpleasant looking shine about it. You tend to look rosy and attract glare in photographs, and it probably drives you insane.

For Combination Skin

The trickiest skin of all, combination skin sometimes feels like the universe is playing some kind of cosmic joke on your face. Oily foreheads, and dry cheeks are most common here, with other variants occurring too.

Combination skincare products are specifically formulated to treat these issues.

The surest bet is to determine what qualities your facial hair area has and treat them appropriately. Consult the Dry Skin and Oily Skin entries for more specific information.

The trickiest skin of all, combination skin sometimes feels like the universe is playing some kind of cosmic joke on your face

For Ingrown Hairs

You poor bastard. There’s nothing as unpleasant, as disagreeable to look at, and as painful as having ingrown hairs.

Like constantly shaving on pimples, there are some solutions for this you can ask your doctor about, but the easiest fix is an ingrown hair cream.

The Art of Shaving Ingrown Hair Night Cream is an overnight treatment that clears pores, softens hairs, and reduces inflammation, all of which are a welcome relief. While you might balk at the notion of putting on a night cream, the results will speak for themselves.

You poor bastard. There’s nothing as unpleasant, as disagreeable to look at, and as painful as having ingrown hairs.

For Shaving Enthusiasts

Shaving enthusiasts are an interesting breed; serious about their shaving, and even more serious about how it’s done. Some find the idea of a safety razor acceptable, so long as blade is sharp and afforded the respect it deserves. Others find the idea of shaving with anything but a straight razor repellant.

However, everybody serious about their shaving should try shaving with shaving soap and a shaving brush at least once in their lifetime.

A badger hair shaving brush and solid shaving cream can be purchased for relatively little at any good drugstore. Place the bar into a mug with a bit of water and use the brush to whip up good foam; just like your grandfather did.

everybody serious about their shaving should try shaving with shaving soap and a shaving brush at least once in their lifetime.

Summary

Find shaving products suited to your skin type and needs:

  • Dry Skin: Use a moisturizing shave gel to prevent excessive dryness. Consider omitting aftershave all together.
  • Oily Skin: Find a well-constructed aftershave that will tone up the skin sufficiently and take some of the shine out of your face.
  • Combination Skin: Find what type of skin you’re going to be shaving against, and use shaving products that work on that area.
  • Ingrown Hairs: Some shaving companies create special products just for softening up hairs and helping reduce the problems that ingrown hairs present. Use them.
  • Shave fans: Every shaving fan needs to try a shave with a badger hair shaving brush and soap. Some never switch back.

Comments?

Still need shave gel suggestions? It’s a confusing subject, we know, but you can use that comment box to solicit help or contribute to the discussion!

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Xiaoli Li
Xiaoli Li is an often-missed former editor at the EveryGuyed network. He's currently working as a freelance writer, and probably yelling at a soccer game somewhere out there.
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  1. For those of you that care, I have found that the best cure for ingrown hairs is constant monitor of the likely suspects. After each shave one can almost spot the hair that will become problems. Remove them while the skin is still warm.
    Also, Clinique Shave Cream (not the aloe stuff) has been my savior from the dreaded “chicken neck” for years. A Jack Black shave brush with a good shave cream is a true man’s therapy.

  2. I use a DE Shaver from Baxter of California. I like the Derby blades as opposed to Merkur. However, I just ordered cream and after shave from Baxter of California, but for me, The Art of Shaving is much better in comparison. The rich lather and pre-shave oil help my combination skin as well as the moisturizer. Thanks for the great write up!

  3. Good read and comments! Razor MD makes a kick ass custom razor, badger brush and gift set that is affordable while still very much made of quality…..They have a new shave cream called the Whip and are always expanding their product range to cater to what they know best, men’s grooming & shaving needs! check em out, RazorMD.com

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