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There’s a saying I just made up: “Your shave is only as good as the cream you use.” It may not be very old, but in my experience it is true. Shaving isn’t something that many of us particularly enjoy doing, but almost all of us do. Whether you’re shaving your entire face, detailing around a beard, or bringing a razor to other parts of your body, using the best shaving creams for men can make all the difference.
A good shaving cream should do double duty to provide the best shaving experience. It should contain ingredients that protect and moisturize your skin (to reduce irritation) and also make the less than exciting shaving experience a little easier and more enjoyable. And it would still give you a close shave. We’ve tested hundreds of shaving creams and here are the best in 2022.
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Best shaving gel for men
Ok, it’s not a cream, but this gel foams quickly into an airy foam so it’s not sticky. Ingredients like aloe and cucumber help cool and soothe the skin, making it ideal for those prone to sensitivity.
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Best shaving cream for straight razors
If you go old fashioned with your razor, go old fashioned with your cream too. A thicker cream will help protect your face from nicks and cuts. Proraso has been making shaving cream for about 70 years and it is still one of the best shaving creams on the market.
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Best shaving cream for sensitive skin
Face-saving shaving formula
Coconut oil gives this cream a thick, luxurious texture and hydrates the skin while protecting against nicks and cuts. Willow bark extract adds anti-inflammatory properties that calm irritation.
Beard Lube Shave Conditioner
This transparent gel contains fatty acids to protect and strengthen your skin barrier, and it reduces the need to use pre-shave oil. It doesn’t lather like a cream, but it still delivers a top-notch smooth shave.
This cream is surprisingly thick and creates a protective barrier between your skin and your razor. The cooling sensation comes from peppermint and menthol to help reduce irritation after shaving.
Best shaving cream for your head
Premium Shaving Cream
Of course, you can use any old shaving cream, but this one is specially formulated to be used on your head. It’s lightweight and easy to spread over a large area, yet rich enough to deliver a close, smooth shave without irritating your scalp.
Best shaving cream for safety razors
Shave System shaving cream
Bevel products are designed for men prone to razor bumps and this ultra-hydrating shaving cream uses aloe vera to soothe skin on contact. The bottle is small, but the formula is super rich, so a little is enough.
Close-Shavers Squadron Smooth Glider Precision Shave Lotion
A lather-free shaving lotion like this will allow you to see your face better and get a smoother shave with no missing spots. It also contains essential oils to help moisturize and protect the skin even after shaving.
The menthol in this buttery soft cream helps control that uncomfortable heat that can come from running a razor over your face. The formula is smooth and designed to improve glide to further reduce razor burn.
Soothing Aloe Vera Shaving Cream
This thick shaving cream is specially designed to calm sensitive skin during and after shaving. There’s no alcohol, which could dry out or irritate the skin, and aloe, which soothes the skin and keeps it hydrated while you shave.
MVRCK Blade Slip Clear Shaving Detailer
Ideal for maintaining and shaping facial hair, this sheer lotion lets you get all the details. It’s perfect for tailgating, goatees and beards since you can see exactly where you’re shaving.
Old fashioned shaving cream
Think of it as the kind of cream you’d see in a hair salon, but without the need for a badger. Although very thick, this traditional-style cream washes off easily and doesn’t leave a film on the skin like some old-school varieties can. It contains coconut oil and essential oils to improve glide and moisturize the skin.
This gel-foam formula is lightweight and rinses out quickly, but still gives you the rich lather you want for a comfortable shave. It contains plant extracts like aloe vera to help soothe the skin and it’s alcohol-free to help reduce irritation after shaving.
The natural ingredients in this shaving cream help soothe the skin and prevent redness, during and after shaving. The lather is rich – you can use less than you think you need and still get a close, comfortable shave.
Shaving Butter Cream with African Black Soap and Shea Butter
This super-rich cream is packed with skin-protecting African Black Soap and Shea Butter to help keep skin smooth and calm while you shave. It’s super thick, but that’s the point: to create a protective film that moisturizes while remaining easy to rinse.
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