Too, shaving creams and gels These may seem like unnecessary additions to an already tedious hair removal routine, however, skincare experts disagree. “Nature didn’t intend to shave us – we developed this social construct – so it makes sense that the process ‘unnerves the hair,'” says a board-certified Connecticut dermatologist. Mona Gohara MD. “The shaving cream provides a lubricant to cushion the blow of hair removal.”
Finding the shaving cream that’s right for you can be the key to a flawless shaving experience. Just take it from Dendy Engelman MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. “The key in finding a shaving cream is to identify a shaving cream that contains emollients which, when applied to the skin, soften the hairs and follicles so that when a razor passes on the skin, there is less irritation,” she says. (Emollients, by the way, are the ingredients that make beauty products lather and lather.)
Even a quick trip down a drugstore’s shaving aisle will bombard you with countless cream and gel options, so we asked Dr. Engelman and other board-certified dermatologists to narrow them down to the best of the best. There are options for all budgets, lifestyles and skin types from brands like Flamingo, Billie and Eos. Just be sure to exfoliate first and moisturize afterwards, as advised by Dr. Engelman.
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