Can You Use Regular Shaving Cream With A Safety Razor?

April 25, 2018

Can You Use Regular Shaving Cream With A Safety Razor?

Naked Armor

For men, shaving is an exclusive adventure to masculinity.
To paraphrase the philosopher Descartes, “I shave, therefore I am.”

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It starts with choosing the tool of your choice. There are many types of razors but for the intrepid adventurer, there can be only one.

At the lowest rung of the totem pole, are the disposables. This is fine if you need something quick and easy but it doesn’t necessarily get the job done. At the top of the pole, is the straight razor, which requires skill and finesse if you want to achieve a great shave. Somewhere in between are the safety razors, secure in their steadfast reliability. It is the job of the adventurer to pick his tool among these.

And then there’s knowing what type of shaving soap or lathering cream to use.

If you are just starting out in the world of shaving and you have just realized that there is an art to shaving, then I am sure that you have a lot of questions to ask.

One of the questions I get asked all the time is: Can You Use Regular Shaving Cream with a Safety Razor?

But before I answer that, let us take a look first at the variety of safety shaving blades and creams we have in the market today.

Regular shaving creams

A shaving cream is one of the most important components in the art of wet shaving. It can make or break one’s first experience with shaving.

This is because the right shaving cream protects the skin by allowing the razor to smoothly glide over the skin while cutting the hair. The cream is what gives you the silky smooth shave feel when you begin shaving.

But not all shaving creams are made equal.

Regular shaving creams come with their own set of shortcomings. For starters, it is quite a hassle to get an even distribution of the cream into the beard and skin. This is because it applies thickly and will more often than not, get in the way of shaving.

If one’s skin is prone to allergic reactions, then one should stay clear of regular shaving creams. These creams are often manufactured using synthetic chemicals which can trigger skin irritation in highly-sensitive individuals.

Safety Razor Creams

Safety razor creams, on the other hand, are tailor-made to be used with safety razor blades. They come in different types, allowing you to choose what works best for you.

It is important to learn how to lather the safety razor cream before using it with a safety razor. Each particular type of cream may have its own way of lathering that you should need to know, in order to get the best shave possible. There are three types:

  • Tubed Cream – It comes in tubes similar to those that contain toothpaste. The tube allows for easy squeezing to get the cream.
  • Bowl Creams – These are stored in bowl-shaped containers. One scoops out the cream and placed into a shaving bowl for easy lathering.
  • Shave Soap- This is basically cream formed into a solid soap bar. To apply, one needs to only wet the shaving brush and swirl it on the soap to create a lather. This method of lathering allows the soap to last longer for regular use.

"Don’t make a mistake of using a regular shaving cream and then come out from the bathroom looking like a victim of a murder scene."

— Derek

Why use a safety razor anyway?

So what is the fuss about safety razors and are they better than cartridge blades?

Safety Razors lower the incidence of skin irritation and infections resulting from shaving.

There Are Some Of The Benefits Of Using Safety Shaving Blades;

Better quality shaving blades

Most cartridge razors are made from inferior steel. Since they are made from disposable materials, they dull much more easily. The spaces between the cartridge blades are also prone to collect bacteria, and more often than not, cause injuries to the skin.

Safety razors, meanwhile, are made from superior single source steel. This means that the blades’s sharpness lasts more longer, allowing one to cut one’s hair with less pressure on the razor.

Affordability

Safety blades or replacement blades are more affordable since they are made from durable materials that are dull resistant. You don’t need to buy replacement blades often because these blades last longer. That lets you cut down costs.

Better access
Safety blades are much slimmer in design, allowing greater maneuverability and access to facial hair areas that would be normally hard to reach.

How to get an enjoyable experience using your safety razor

The quality of your shave depends on a lot of things including how well you are able to use the blade. Here are some tips to enable you to get the best out of your shaving experience.

Less pressure

Safety razors are not designed to be used with great pressure. Using pressure with this kind of blade will only cause irritation and bleeding. Use gently on the surface of the skin and you will get the desired results.

Change angles

Use careful, light and short strokes that go in the direction of the hair growth. Use the blade at an angle of about 30 degrees.

Use safety blade shaving creams

The cream helps keep the skin pores open and lubricated. This allows the blade to move smoothly on the surface of the skin. The lather, meanwhile, raises the hair ready against the blade for shaving

Rinse 

It is important to rinse the blade after every major pass. This ensures that the little hairs caught in the blade are disposed off, leaving the blade clean and sharp.

Final word

Don’t make a mistake of using a regular shaving cream and then come out from the bathroom looking like a victim of a murder scene, with your safety razor as Exhibit A.

Here at Naked Armor, our shaving cream soaps are manufactured using natural, organic ingredients. These soaps heighten the luxurious experience of shaving so that you’ll always look forward to your next shave in the morning.

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