How To Shave Without Shaving Cream (2 Things To Remember)

Whether or not you want to admit it, every guy has been there before. You’re running late to work, you’ve got a million things on your mind, you grab your razor to do a quick, yet clean shave, and then it hits you - you don’t have any shaving cream.

This is something that has become the horrific reality for pretty much any guy reading this, but don’t be ashamed by it. We’ve all been through it.

Even if you’ve run into this issue once or twice before, there’s a good chance that it’ll happen to you again in the future. However, you can do something about it. Shaving cream is the ultimate tool and companion for getting the best shave possible, but there are some big pointers to keep in mind the next time that this happens to you.

Shaving without cream isn’t ideal for anyone, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world either.

Here are 2 important things to remember for how to shave without shaving cream.

There Are Tons Of Household Alternatives To Shaving Cream

If you’ve ever run out of shaving cream before, you’ve probably thought that you needed to run out to the store and buy some more just so that you can shave your face. A lot of guys would initially think this, but this isn’t necessarily the case.

Although it’s true that nothing will really work the exact same way that true shaving cream does, there are tons of different household alternatives that you can make use of the next time that you run out of your precious shaving cream.

It would take too long to run through all of the shaving cream alternative options out there, but here are some of the top and most common ones that you should be keep in the back of your head.

Baby Oil

If you’re the proud dad of a baby, there’s a good chance you’ve got baby oil lying somewhere around your house. If this is the case, be sure to grab some for yourself the next time that the shaving cream can runs dry.

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The clear nature of baby oils makes it easy to see what you’re shaving, and this can help a lot in the reduction of potential nicks and cuts. The smooth and soft composition of baby oil also keeps the whole shaving process moving as fluidly as possible, but be careful not to overdo it!

It can be easy to lather on a great deal of the stuff, but a little goes a long way when it comes to shaving with baby oil. A few drops will do ya, as putting too much on will quickly lead to clumps in your razor.

Hand Soap

Another popular alternative to shaving cream is trusty hand soap. This is possibly the most common option that guys reach for when they run out of shaving cream, and for a good reason.

Hand soap is something that everyone has (unless you happen to run out of shaving cream and soap at the same time - yikes!). Although it won’t provide the same smoothness or moisturizing benefits that you will be able to find from something like baby oil, it will get the job done and it’ll do everything that you need it to do.

Something to keep in mind when using hand soap is that you’ll want to lather up your soap bar (if using a bar) so that you get a very sudsy layer of protection on your skin. This will help to prevent any irritating razor burn that you’d otherwise face, and while it will take a bit of extra time to do so, you’ll thank yourself for doing so after shaving.

Body Lotion

While regular hand soap will certainly get the job done, body lotion is a much more preferred alternative if you’d like to get a smoother and more pleasing experience while shaving.

Although still not superior over normal cream, body lotion will allow you to moisturizer your skin while shaving, and the smooth and creamy nature of lotion will provide you with a very smooth and pain-free experience while shaving.

As with hand soap and baby oil, try to not use too much here. As you’ll notice with a lot of alternatives to shaving cream, using too much of the stuff can quickly deteriorate your overall shaving experience, and that’s the last thing that you want to do.

Peanut Butter

Believe it or not, you can use peanut butter to shave if you simply cannot find anything else to use.

This is somewhat of a last resort, but it's possible to use the stuff in order to help get a somewhat smooth and pain-free shave. The thick nature of peanut butter is actually what makes this such a useful agent, but it will definitely require a good deal of maintenance in order to make it work properly.

You’ll need to have a lot of products on hand to clean your razor while doing this, but peanut butter does a surprisingly good job at hydrating your skin and leaving it feeling fresh. You’ll want to make sure everything is cleaned off properly when done, but this is something that can work if done right.

If You’re In A Pinch, You Can Shave With Just A Razor And Water

If all else fails and you don’t have time to hunt for an alternative, it isn’t impossible to shave without any sort of alternative.

This is not something that I would recommend, but it can be done. You’ll need to make sure that your blade is sharp and you moisten your skin as much as possible, and then be extra, extra careful.

Razor burn is likely to accompany you if you decide to go this route, but if you don’t have any other options, it can be done as long as you’re careful and take your time. Watch this video for tips on shaving with just a razor and water: 

No More Shaving Cream Isn’t The End Of The World

Knowing how to shave without shaving cream is something that you might not think of if you’ve never run into this issue, but it’s something that’s definitely important to keep in mind in case you ever do run across this conundrum. The main takeaway here is that there are plenty of household alternatives that you can easily make use of, and at the very least, you can get a decent shave without anything at all if you know what you’re doing.


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