Difference between Shaving Cream and Shaving Gel

Key difference: Shaving cream is a cream that is used to lather in order to provide lubrication and avoid razor burn during shaving. Shaving gel is used for the same purpose, but is in the form of a gel.

Shaving creams are an essential part of the morning shaving routine. They are used to lather up the face before shaving. They provide lubrication and help avoid razor burn during shaving.  Shaving creams are available in tubs, tubes, as bar soaps or in aerosol spray cans. Shaving cream in the spray can is commonly dispensed as foam or gel.

Shaving cream is a substance applied to the face for shaving. They have moisturizing properties, which are used to provide lubrication so that the razor gently glides over the skin while shaving. If the razor glides gently it equals to less drag and irritation. This helps avoid razor burns. They also help soften the stubble of facial hair in order to provide a closer shave. Depending on the ingredients, some creams may also help soften and moisturize the skin. Shaving creams usually contain a mixture of oil, soaps, surfactants, and water or alcohol. However, creams with alcohol tend to dry out the skin.

Shaving creams that come in tubes or tubs or as a hard soap are generally used in wet shaving. In wet shaving, one uses a shaving brush and water in a shaving mug or bowl to produce a thick rich lather, before using the brush to apply it to the face. Some creams that come in tubes or tubs may also be worked into lather by hand.

However, shaving cream that comes in the spray can is commonly dispensed as foam or gel. The foam is already worked into lather and can be directly applied to the face. The gel, on the other hand, can be quickly worked into lather by agitating in between the fingers. The gel, however, does not work into a rich lather and is quite opaque and transparent when applied to the face. This has its advantages and disadvantages.

The rich lather of traditional creams tends to provide a little more protection rather than the gel. Also, the high glycerin content of the soft creams and hard soaps provides a protective barrier and gives a little extra protection from nicks. Furthermore, as the shaving gel is usually translucent and very thin, it increases the chances that one might miss some patches, as oppose to shaving cream where one can usually see the stubble against the rich white lather.

Shaving gel also has a tendency to clog the razor while shaving, which requires frequent cleaning of the razor during shaving. One does not have this problem with creams. Furthermore, shaving gel tends to be more expensive than shaving cream. This is mainly because a small amount of gel can work up more lather as compared to shaving cream. So, shaving gels tend to last longer.

Also, shaving gels are more effective, that is they get the shaving done faster. One usually needs to re-lather while using creams, as the water in the lather tends to evaporate causing the lather to dry out. Many find applying and reapplying the cream to be rather time consuming and troublesome.

Most shavers use gel or foam out of an aerosol can every morning to shave. However, one should keep in mind that these types of shaving creams then to contain excess chemicals and numbing agents that can be very harmful to the skin. Traditional type of wet shaving using creams that come in tubes or tubs is considered to be healthier.

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