How to Apply Shaving Cream:
Tips for a Smooth Shave

How to Apply Shaving Cream

Shaving cream is something that every man needs to have in order to get a smooth, irritation-free shave. The hydration that it provides primes the skin to be ready for a shave and prevents it from becoming too dry. While shaving cream is a great tool to use in your daily shave, it can be tough to apply correctly in order to get the most benefit from it. 

In this full guide, we will show the steps that must be taken to achieve a perfect shave with the least amount of irritation to your skin. There are many different small details that can help you apply your shaving cream better. It is easy to make mistakes such as using too much shaving cram or too little.

This guide will strictly focus on shaving cream, if you’re looking for a full guide on how to shave, check out our article on that How to Shave for the first time.

Common Mistakes

One of the most common mistakes people make is rushing the process. Shaving is a delicate process and should be approached slowly and carefully. If you are a person that finds yourself viciously rubbing shaving cream onto your skin and having as quick as possible, be mindful of this and aim to take a slower approach.

Secondly, many people don’t properly prepare their skin prior to a shave. The best way to prepare your skin is by shaving directly after a warm shower. This way your pores will be open and allow for a smoother and cleaner shave. If you’re not coming out of the shower before a shave, make sure to splash your skin for 30 seconds with warm water. 

Lastly, a common mistake is not fully washing off shaving cream after a shave. Leaving excess cream on your skin can cause imbalances and is not good for the long term health of your skin. Make sure to thoroughly wash your face after a shave and pat it dry with a towel. With that being said, let’s get into how shaving cream works. 

How Shaving Cream Works

Each time that you shave, you cut off thousands of hairs. In order to prepare your hair for that, you need shaving cream. Shaving cream softens the hairs on your face and makes them easier to shave.

Most shaving gels and creams contain triethanolamine, stearic acid, glycerin, lanolin, and water. The stearic acid is responsible for creating a rich lather, while glycerin functions as a lubricant and moisturizes the skin. Overall, these ingredients are designed to soften and lubricate the skin for an optimal shave. This protects your face from razor bumps and irritation.

What are the Key Benefits of Shaving Cream?

The biggest benefit that you get from shaving cream is added moisturization and hydration. Shaving dry is very irritating to your skin and painful. If your skin is too dry, then your skin starts producing more oil which leads to acne breakouts. 

Another benefit of the hydration that shavings cream provides is that it allows for a close shave. The gliding effect of the hydration allows for the razor to get very close to the skin without cutting or nicking it. 

How to Apply Shaving Cream

Step by Step Guide

Step One

  • Splash your face with warm water for about 30 seconds- 1 minute, this will get your pores in the optimal condition for a shave

Step Two

  • Gather an almond sized amount of shaving cream/gel onto your hand
  • Rub your hands together for about 3-5 seconds

Step Three

  • Slowly rub the shaving cream onto your face in a slow circular motion
  • Make sure every part of your face/body you intend to shave is covered with shaving cream

Step Four

  • Your shaving Cream is now applied correctly!
  • If you want a continued guide on how to shave, check out, How to Shave


Shaving cream is an incredibly helpful tool when it comes to getting a smooth, comfortable shave. However, using it incorrectly is a recipe for irritation, razor bumps, and many other unpleasant outcomes. By avoiding the common mistakes and following this guide, you should be able to apply your shaving cream correctly and achieve a fantastic shave. 

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