Raise your hand if you’re still using all-purpose soap instead of shaving cream? Go on, don’t be shy. We see you, Team Soap. We know you think you’re life-hacking, saving a couple of bucks and embodying “low maintenance”, but look, today we’re going to break down why you’re missing out and why soap really doesn’t hold a candle to the good stuff.
Soap, The Dirty Truth
While soap has come a long way since its humble beginnings, it’s still a far cry from modern shaving cream. The earliest soaps were made by mixing animal fat with ash and salt, with the ancient Romans adding a dash of urine for good measure. Today, you’re unlikely to find many shops selling that recipe, but soap is still essentially created by combining natural fats with lye, a chemical that comes from salt. With the advances in chemistry, synthetic ingredients have allowed for soap-like alternatives to be created, but many include fancy names for the same core products.
“Sodium tallowate – made from the fatty tissue (or tallow) of cattle or sheep”
Now, we’re not a fussy bunch here at Pure Shave, but even we draw the line at lathering our faces up with cow fat.
The Properties Of Soap
Sure, soap gives you a nice frothy lather, but what is it actually doing to your skin?
Soap is incredibly drying due to its detergent action, which lifts healthy oils away from the skin along with the dirt and grime. Sodium lauryl sulphate is one of the most common detergents used in soap and is known to strip your skin’s natural oils, while lye upsets your PH balance resulting in irritation.
In fact, many modern skin care products are formulated without soap’s most common ingredients, purely because it’s now understood how damaging they can be to your overall skin health. Pure Shave avoids SLS at all costs, investing in less abrasive alternatives to provide your skin with a damage-free lather.
Why Is Shaving Cream Better Than Soap?
When it comes to skin, one size doesn’t fit all. The delicate skin on your face is entirely different to the thicker layers on your feet. So why would you use one product for it all?
Soap has earned its place in your home. It’s great for washing the grease and dirt off your hands, or for giving your soles a good scrub after a game of footie, but it’s got no place in your shaving routine.
A good quality, eco shaving cream is gentler on your skin and will cleanse and soften your stubble without removing moisture. This means you get a superior shave and are left with healthy, hydrated skin. Many of our Pure Shave users report that the blend of natural oils we use in our shaving cream also means they don’t have to use any additional skincare products post-shave. Now that’s the kind of low maintenance routine we can get behind.
Want to learn more about choosing the best products for your skin? Read Why We Don’t Use SLS (And You Shouldn’t Either).