This guide is approximately a 3-minute read.
In this guide, you’ll learn:
- What a shaving gel actually is
- The benefits and drawbacks of using a shaving gel
- How to go about choosing a shaving gel
How to Choose: Shaving Gels for Men
Chances are, you probably know that you shouldn't just pick up a razor and start to shave. (You do, right?)
You could – but you may end up with a painful (and red) face – and stubble left behind.
So yes, it's a smart decision to use a shaving lubricant to ready your skin and your beard for the razor.
But what a guy should use to lubricate prior to shaving isn't as easy to decide.
Today, there are so many products available to help you shave that you can get overwhelmed examining the options.
This guide focuses specifically on shaving gels – and it will give you an overview on one of the most popular types of shaving lubricants, as well as give you some tips on how to choose a shaving gel.
What is Shaving Gel?
Shaving gel is a shaving lubricant sold in a tube or jar. When you dispense it, it comes out looking similar to a gel toothpaste, and its consistency remains largely the same even after you've applied it.
This is different from a shaving cream that lathers as you work it onto your skin.
An example of a shave gel is Another Close Shave Gel from Fieldworks Supply:
Benefits of Using Shaving Gel
Some of the pros of using a shaving gel include:
- Ease of application. You don't have to spend time lathering up a bar to apply a shaving gel, simplifying your shaving routine.
- More friction reduction. Shaving gels make your skin very slippery, so they greatly reduce razor drag. If you're prone to razor burn or have a sensitive complexion, shaving gels can greatly reduce the risk of irritation.
- Less risk of skin congestion. Shaving gels do not contain oils like shaving creams, so they don't clog pores. This makes them a good choice for guys who have oily or acne-prone skin and prefer not to use a shaving soap bar.
Drawbacks of Shaving Gel
For all their benefits, shaving gels do have a couple of disadvantages that you need to know about before you buy one:
- No lather. Some guys prefer to have a rich lather when they shave - and simply prefer to use a shaving cream or shaving soap as a result.
- Can clog razors. Because shaving gel is so thick, it builds up on razor heads quickly. You'll need to rinse your razor more frequently if you choose a shaving gel over a shaving cream or soap in order to ensure that you get a close shave all over.
How to Choose a Shave Gel
Once you decide that a shaving gel is the right choice for you, you're ready to start shopping for one.
To choose the best one for your complexion, you'll want to consider your skin type.
Hypoallergenic formulas are best for guys with sensitive skin, while oil-free products are great for men with oilier skin.
If you have dry skin, select one that has moisturizing properties.
You may also want to think about the scent of the shaving gel, as you'll find that some brands offer products in a variety of fragrances and in unscented forms.
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