You might be wondering if you can skip getting shaving cream or gel and just use a bar of soap to shave your body or your face. After all, a soap bar is slippery and can foam up, and it seems like a similar product to shaving gels and creams. You might be tempted to avoid having to get so many skincare products since you might be able to use your regular soap for your shaving routine.
Reasons To Avoid Shaving With Soap
There are some key reasons that you might want to avoid the use of soap for shaving, however. Soap products were not made for shaving and are not really ideal for this need, other than in a pinch when nothing else is around.
Soap will dull your razor blades, and it can be really hard to rinse off the skin once you have shaved with it. You might also find that soap is really slick and can make you more likely to cut yourself as you shave. Soaps can also make the shower floor or the bath really slippery and unsafe when used at an increased volume to try and cover all the parts of your body that you want to shave.
Soap is also more likely to lead to ingrown hairs and skin irritation than shaving creams and gels. This is because shaving products have skin moisturizers and oils in them that help soothe the skin and protect it from the razor blades passing over it. Soap is not made to take this into consideration and can lead to bumps, cuts, and rashes, along with ingrown hairs.
Soap also has ingredients in it that can make your skin burn or tingle when you are done shaving, which is not very pleasant. You will have a much better experience overall when you shave with the right products for this need. Trying to make soap work as a shaving cream is really not a great idea, particularly when you are trying to shave your face without incident or skin irritation.
Use Shaving Creams and Gels In Place of Soap
No matter what area of your body you are shaving, you will have a much better experience if you use shaving cream or gel. Soap is not made to be used with a razor, and you can irritate or even damage your skin when you try to use soap in place of shaving products. While it can be tempting to think that you can just use soap for all of your bathing and shaving needs, getting a shaving cream or gel is a much better idea for when you want to remove unwanted facial or body hair.
This article was last updated on May 5, 2023 .