Shaving body hair can sometimes result in razor burns, razor bumps, or ingrown hairs – all of which are very frustrating and can be painful!
So, what’s the best way to achieve a safe and smooth shave every time? Below, Nada Ward, Founder of soap bar brand Beauty Kin, suggests why something as simple as switching your shaving foam to a shaving soap bar is not only better for your body but better for the planet too!
More organic ingredients
Shaving foam includes toxic chemicals such as butane, xylene, and formaldehyde which help propel the product out of the can. These ingredients are incredibly hazardous to the planet and our health, as they don’t dissolve properly and get into the water ecosystem, polluting the water and environment.
Shaving bars have non-toxic, organic ingredients that are cruelty-free, palm oil-free, and free from detergents, preservatives, and chemicals – making them much kinder to the skin, our health, and the planet!
Easier to recycle
Technically, shaving foam aerosol cans are recyclable if they are completely empty of any product when being disposed of. Due to the highly toxic ingredients, you should always be sure they are totally empty when recycling them otherwise they are considered hazardous waste.
Shaving soap bars are typically 100% recyclable due to minimal and plastic-free packaging and the product should last a long longer than shaving foam, reducing mass consumption and waste.
Kinder to skin
Shaving soap is designed to provide a protective barrier between the skin and razor blade to give a more comfortable shave. Many of the ingredients in shaving soaps hydrate and soothe clean-shaven skin and create a lighter, creamier lather with more moisturising properties. Remember to also replace your razor regularly to maintain a healthy shave.
Using shaving foam can often contribute to irritated skin as the aerosol itself features a variety of gases and chemical foaming agents which aren’t very kind to the skin. The foaming agents make it more difficult for hydrating compounds to penetrate the skin which contributes to dryer, irritated skin, and potentially premature ageing.
Better value for money
Shaving soap has much greater longevity than shaving foam. A good quality shaving soap should last around six months to a year, depending on how often you shave. In comparison, shaving foam may be quicker to lather, but the product typically doesn’t last as long so is purchased more often.
Shaving bars create a much smoother lather than shaving foam, this means a razor can glide along the skin much more smoothly, creating less friction which can contribute to razor burns or bumps and ingrown hairs.