11 Shaving Creams To Up Your Grooming Game

From aromatic creams to botanical-infused gels, we’re rounding up shaving formulas that double as skincare.
Written by Meg Storm
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In this COVID-19 era of working from home and social distancing, your shaving routine may have gone the way of handshakes and jeans (read: extinct). But, regardless of how regularly or irregularly you are tending to your facial hair these days, it’s important to have the right tools on hand for when the mood strikes.

Just as the right hair care is essential to a healthy mane on your head, good grooming products are the key to keeping facial hair and the skin beneath it smooth, clear, and free of razor burn. Whether you're looking to touch up around your beard and stache or prefer a clean shaven look, having the right shave cream, lotion, or gel makes all the difference.

From classic aromatic creams to clean, botanical-infused gels, keep scrolling for 11 shaving formulas that double as skincare.

The Classic: Art of Shaving Shaving Cream


This rich foaming cream provides a satisfying lather and comes in a variety of scented (we’re partial to the oud) and unscented options for a barber shop-worthy shave. $30, theartofshaving.com

The All-In-One: Fur Moisturizing Shave Cream


This genderless formula has a lightweight whipped texture that is sure to be a crowd pleaser for everyone in the house. Hearty enough for the body but gentle enough for the face, it protects against ingrowns and irritation. $28, ulta.com

The Minimalist: Paula’s Choice PC4Men Shave


Go back to basics with this ultra-calming cream. Free of fragrance and menthol, it goes on like a rich cream but rinses clean to reveal a close, comfortable shave. $13, paulaschoice.com

The Energizer: Fulton & Roark Shave Cream


A little goes a long way with this concentrated cream that can last six months or more. Avocado oil nourishes, while tea tree thwarts ingrown hairs. And, if you're looking for a morning pick-me-up, bergamot, spearmint, and ginger grass pack an energetic punch. $16, fultonandroark.com

The Soother: Gillette Pure Shave Gel


Formulated without alcohol, dyes, parabens, and sulfates, this aloe-infused formula glides over the skin and imparts a cooling (read: soothing) sensation. $6, gillette.com

The Multitasker: Beast Beast Butter Whole Body Shave Cream


If you’re looking to get some bang for your buck, this foamless formula can be used from head to toe. Add a bit of warm water to increase slip and activate all the buttery benefits. $9, getbeast.com

The Sensitive Type: Bevel Shave Cream


It doesn’t get much gentler than this moisturizing mix of shea butter, aloe vera, coconut water, witch hazel, and white tea to soothe and protect the skin long after you’re done shaving. $15, walmart.com

The Vitamin Shot: Malin+Goetz Vitamin E Shaving Cream


Soothe and prep the skin for a smooth shave with this non-foaming, vitamin E- and amino acid-infused treatment. It’s residue-free and protects the face from abrasion without stripping or drying the skin. $22, malinandgoetz.com

The Touch Up: Kiehl’s Close Shavers Squadron Smooth Glider Precision Shave Lotion


This clear gel-lotion features kukui nut oil to soften stubble for an effortless shave. While the no-lather formula delivers close results at any scale, it is particularly useful for precise facial hair maintenance. $22, kiehls.com

The Barrier Repairer: Marlowe Shave Cream


Shea butter and coconut oil strengthen the skin’s natural barrier function prior to shaving to prevent sensitivity and irritation. All the while, passionflower, green tea, willow bark, and algae extracts smooth and revitalize the complexion. $13, marloweskin.com

The Conditioner: Harry’s Shave Cream


Consider this botanical-infused formula the facial equivalent of your favorite scalp conditioner. Rich in texture, the cream sits close to the skin to allow for easier styling — particularly when facial hair is involved. $8, walmart.com

All products featured are independently selected by our editors, however, AEDIT may receive a commission on items purchased through our links.

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MEG STORMis the editorial & content director at AEDIT.

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