Just because summer is over doesn’t mean you will be hiding your legs anytime soon. Smooth, stubble-free legs will still be peaking out from peplum and pencil skirts for a few months to come. With so many options on the market, though, it’s hard to choose a shaving product that works best for you. No need to look puzzled in front of a store shelf. Here, BITB compares gels and creams and lists a few of our favorites, making the job easier for you.
Are You Gelling?
One main advantage of gels is that they tend to be more substantial, which helps the razor glide across the skin without nicks or cuts. Plus, you use less gel than cream, so one purchase will last a long time. Also, the sheer foam created by gels allows you to see more easily exactly what you are shaving. One good option is Aveeno Positively Smooth Shave Gel ($4.25), a formula that is rich in emollients and vitamins to soften and condition hair. Another plus is that it contains natural soy, soy extract, and skin conditioners to naturally minimize the reappearance of unwanted hair. We like the gentle, natural scent of this gel and that it can be used for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade Organic Shaving Gel ($8.99) is the way to go if you want to use a 100% organic product. Certified by the same National Organic Program that certifies food, this shaving gel gives smooth and effective results without any synthetic ingredients. Using organic Shikakai—derived from the seed pods of a South Asian tree called Acacia Concinna—and organic sucrose and grape juice, this combination gives your razor a smooth and moisturizing glide. The gels come in 4 different scents—lavender, spearmint, tea tree, and lemongrass lime—as well as an unscented option.
Gillette Satin Care with a Touch of Olay shave gel ($2.69) combines the glide of a great gel with the moisturizing treatment benefits of Olay skincare. Specially formulated for dry skin, this gel is even less drying than the Satin Care variety for sensitive skin. The formula features shea butter to moisturize and counteract any drying effect. Advanced lubricants provide incredible razor glide for protection against nicks and cuts.
Razors and Cream
For those who like lathering up, shaving creams provide a foaming option that has the benefit of not clogging your razor. One advantage of shaving creams is that they soften the hair and skin, making for a closer, smoother shave. For “legs like pure silk,” there’s the tried and true Pure Silk ($2.50) moisturizing shave cream for women. Created as a less drying alternative to shaving with soap and water, Pure Silk provides deep hydration while leaving skin smooth, touchable, and cut-free. Its 7 spa inspired varieties feature hydrating aloe, soothing botanicals, and natural emollients and include sensitive and dry skin options.
Available in almond, lavender, lemongrass, and pomegranate flavors, the Whish Body Shave Crave Shaving Cream ($20) provides a close, nick-free shave without any foam. Made in the USA and cruelty free, this Earth-friendly cream contains natural squalene—a source of omega 3 fatty acids—organic shea butter and raspberry butter to replenish and rehydrate your skin. Anti-oxidants, including green tea, create a barrier against free-radicals, while organic coconut oil and jojoba seed oil work to maintain moisture as well.
A Leg Up
For the time-crunched (and who isn’t), we recommend Lavanila The Healthy Body Wash 2-In-1 Shower & Shave ($15). Gentle and hydrating, this all-in-one body wash and shaving aid deeply nourishes your skin while providing plenty of glide for a close, silky shave. Hydrating coconut and rosehip oils are blended with soothing aloe and calendula, to prevent shaving nicks and post-shave irritation. The shower wash comes in five different vanilla-based scents—Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Coconut, Vanilla Grapefruit, Vanilla Lavender, and Vanilla Grapefruit—and is formulated without any silicone, synthetic fragrances or dyes.
The most important thing is to never shave with just water and soap to avoid getting painful razor burns. Whether you choose gel or cream, it is best to exfoliate daily and moisturize after shaving. And know that dull blades can be your worst enemies: change your razor or cartridge on a regular basis!