Choosing Between Shaving Foam, Cream or Gel.
Firstly, the man who wet shaves must choose which razor to use. It’s obvious to Bolin Webb. We recommend a Gillette blade – a Fusion for a close shave, or a Mach3 for a more sensitive effect. No surprises there.
The man must also choose which shaving product to apply his face, to lubricate the blade as it glides across chin and cheeks. This choice is where it gets more confusing, as there are so many different solutions on the market. Just go to your department store, pharmacy or supermarket to see the array of brands on offer.
Let it be said that once the choice is made, a man is not often quick to try something new. It is nonetheless good to know that you can try different products from time-to-time, and perhaps discover a better medium or a more pleasant fragrance. It’s worth a try – you can always go back to the old favourite if you need to.
The question of which shaving product is best will come down to personal preference, but here is our summary of the four main categories of shaving product:
Foams have the advantage of convenience and a ready lather. You push the dispenser release and out comes a ballooning mass of white foam that can be applied directly to your beard with no need to massage. Foams don’t need to rubbed onto your face, but this can actually lead to a more uncomfortable shave as stubble has less opportunity to soften. Foams also come in aerosol containers, which are not always viewed sympathetically for the environment.
Creams are a more exclusive and niche; perhaps less readily available in the supermarket and more on offer online and in beauty and department stores. They have the advantage of simple application and on occasions must be massaged into the beard for a lather to form. They offer a luxury experience and fragrance, and oftentimes take up less space if you happen to travel.
Clear gels offer the convenience of a foam but provide a more concentrated medium on the face, which some men prefer. Some gels also foam a little on contact with air, which allows the product to be more visible on the face. Others remain as gels, which can mean it’s difficult to see where you’re going with the razor blade.
The most traditional form of creating a foam for you shave is to work a shaving soap with a brush – typically badger hair but increasingly synthetic. This is the ultimate shaving indulgence, but actually takes considerably longer to complete if done properly. A man with time at the weekend may enjoy the distraction more than a man on the move.
Whatever you choose, remember to keep your razor blade sharp.