How to Shave Without Shaving Cream Easily in 10 Illustrated Steps

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Shaving cream alternatives

  • Bar soap with glycerin is another alternative. Sometimes, bar soaps come with a special moisturizing formula, which is great news for those with sensitive skin.
  • In terms of shaving brushes, your hands can do the job just as well. In some rare cases, badger hair brushes are even better at getting rid of excess hair and delivering a close shave. Still, if you really want to invest in a top shaving brush, you can find some very good deals online.
  • A shaving brush doesn’t absolutely have to be made of badger hair. Boar bristles and horse hair can also provide a good lather.
  • Some of the best shaves you can get can be yours if you use a safety razor.
  • The best place to get a quality razor is from a specialized online retailer like Amazon. That having been said, you can snap a good deal on straight razors and cartridge razors at local hardware and department stores.
  • If you live in India and prefer using a safety razor, then the best deals can be found on eBay India.

Hair Conditioner

Pour a little bit of hair conditioner in a small cup containing warm water, and mix until it becomes frothy.

It’s best to use a conditioner that has a texture and scent that you enjoy. Anything you would normally use to condition your hair will work just fine.

Delicate conditioners are good for sensitive skin. If you have never used a conditioner on your face, a delicate conditioner will help avoid irritation.

Thicker conditioners work great for removing hair faster. After you have shaved, your skin will be super sensitive. It may feel itchy and dry.

This is great news because if it is dry, it can hold some of the conditioner and moisture better during the rinse.

Use a towel to dry off excess water to create a barrier that the conditioner has to work against.

The depth of the conditioning process will depend on how long you leave it on your face and how close to the root it is applied. Leaving it on longer or applying it near the root will make the skin softer.

Wash it off with warm water, and then use skin cream. The very important step of moisturizing your skin is the second step in making sure that you don’t feel sore.

Peanut Butter

If you don’t have any shaving cream and don’t have time to pick some up, try using peanut butter to remove the hair. It’s sticky enough without adding anything else, so it doesn’t clog the razor and it’s cheap. It’s also difficult to get out of carpet once it dries.


Use a plain soap and water to lubricate the area you are going to shave. Many people have the misconception that you need a multibladed, vibrating razor to shave the area. It’s not really necessary, although many women do use those types of razors too. For this solution, just use soap and water as a lubricant to achieve a smooth feel.

Baby Oils

Baby oil is a waterless oil favored by women for dry skin and men for dry hands, reducing the friction caused by razor blade sharpness and reducing irritation from shaving.

Step 1: Wash your legs, and dry them off. Once your legs are dry, apply the baby oil.

Step 2: Take a razor and shave. To get a smooth shave, shave in the direction of the hair growth. Do not press too hard with the razor.

Step 3: Reapply baby oil.

Step 4: Dry off. Drying off will ease the itching, and the baby oil will moisturize your legs once again.

Step 5: Apply moisturizer. Moisturizer will lock in the moisture and keep the legs soft.

Step 6: Repeat until you’ve reached your desired length. You can cut your hair once every week depending on how quickly your hair grows.

Step 7: Apply baby powder. Apply baby powder to the legs after the shave. It will help stop bleeding, and keep you dry.

Step 8: Apply Vaseline. After the hair has been shaved, apply Vaseline to the shaved area. It will soothe the area, and heal up the ashy feeling.

Step 9: Repeat in circular motions. Use circular motions when applying the lotion. Your skin will react to the pressure.

Essential Oils

Apply a 1% concentration of essential oils to the skin, specifically, aloe vera, ylang ylang, sandalwood, lavender, lemongrass, or clary sage. Avoid using tea tree, rosemary, eucalyptus, or thyme since they can irritate the skin.

Add 1-2 drops of the essential oils to 10 ml of melted herbal base oil, just above body temperature.

Apply the natural deodorant under the arms with your fingertips.

Reapply as needed.

Aloe Vera Gel

Instead of using expensive shaving cream, many people choose to use aloe vera gel as an alternative. It’s a fraction of the cost and works just as well.

To use aloe vera gel to shave your legs, you need to first apply it to moist skin instead of using it directly from the bottle. Squeeze a little gel and rub it into your arms and legs so it turns into a lotion. Leave it for a few minutes to dry while you do your daily activities.

It’s then ready for the second phase of the application. Using a shaving razor, begin to shave your legs. You will find it’s much easier to get a close shave this way. The gel helps the razor glide smoothly over your skin, and it slows down the growth of your hair to make it easier to shave.


Water is all you need to tackle a quick shave job. There is no need for a specialized shaving cream or lotions.

If you want to use something, a little prep and protect is good to use a little light oil (inexpensive Jojoba oil is perfect) if you know you are keeping your face shaved for a while.

The idea is to coat the skin with a film to prevent the razor from scraping the skin. A pre-shave product is also good for helping soften the beard as well.

If you have sensitive skin, you may want to consider using a sensitive shaving cream without additives.

If you have sensitive skin or you're just starting to shave, you might benefit from an electric razor.

How to shave without shaving cream easily (A simple, illustrated guide)

  • Take a warm shower -cools and opens pores
  • Wash your face with hot water using a gentle face cleanser and then wash with cold water.
  • Prepare your for shaving by applying a pre-shave oil to the area -clears the hair follicles to allow for smoother shaving
  • Use a sharp razor -blades give a closer shave without irritating the skin
  • Lather the area that you are going to shave and then apply some hot towels to the area
  • Let the hot towels relax the area for a while and then use an alcohol-free aftershave lotion to fight inflammation and soothe irritation -keeps skin smooth, supple and conditioned
  • Apply a moisturizer to the skin in the finished area -keeps skin smooth, supple and conditioned
  • Use an after-shave lotion on your face -keeps skin smooth, and rested
  • Store the razor in an air-tight case -dries and disinfects the razor and stands the chance of rusting away
  • Store alcohol based after shave lotion in the refrigerator -keeps the lotion colder, giving a better, refreshing feeling on the face
  • Buy a pump top bottle for shaving cream
  • Buy a roll-on bottle for aftershave lotion
  • Shave with the direction of hair growth -gives a closer, smoother shave

Learn your skin type

When you have an understanding of your skin, you can try and avoid the bad shaving practices. Some people produce a lot of oil in their skin, some have sensitive skin and some have dry skin. When you know the nature of skin, you can choose the shave that works well for you.

Keep everything hydrated. Everything.

If you're using your bathroom sink as a shaving station, use the time while you're in the shower to run the water for shaving. If you have a mirror in the shower area that you would prefer to use, fill up a cup with water and keep it on the sink/shower area while you're shaving.

Get your pre-shave alternative ready

Preparing the alternative will be much faster than shaving cream, if you use pre-shave oils, a shave stick or gel, you will need to warm it enough to make it more liquid.

If you want to use a general shave gel afterward, you should use some tepid water and a sponge, to moisten your face.

Consider an electric trimmer

Electric shavers have one significant advantage over using a blade:

They’re cleaner! No more worrying about bacteria-ridden disposable or double-edge blades. Why waste money when you can clean up with an electric shaver?

Electric shavers are also much quicker and easier to use when you just want to clear off a few days’ growth.

Lastly, if you have sensitive skin, then an electric shaver is your best bet. The bottom line is that you don’t want to shave as often as you probably do. So just keep that electric shaver handy and clear off the stubble in no time with clean lines, no cuts, and no scratchy razor bumps.

Consider shaving in the shower

Just to make the process smoother.

Shaving your face while you are in the shower is the most convenient way to shave, particularly if you don’t really have a lot of time.

As you have the shower running, the warm water will open up your hair follicles, making for a smoother, cleaner shave. A lot of the best electric razors or shavers come with waterproof bodies so you can take this guide with you into the shower!

It’s a truly fantastic way to easily shave your face and will provide you with a close shave every time.

Before you begin, make sure that you have read our advice on electric vs razor and you have cleaned the area where you are going to be shaving. Get ready by emptying your bowels if you are about to shave your face and preparing the shaving cream.

Step 1

Make sure you have a suitable shaving cream.

Most men elect to use shaving cream as it assists in protecting your skin and prepares it for the shave, but it is not a necessity. If you don’t use shaving cream, check out our article on the differences between gels, foams, and oils as this will give you a general idea on the kind of shaving cream you need to use.

Step 2

Lather up the area you intend to shave.

Be careful. Like, really, really careful

Spare yourself the countless potentially fatal (yes, fatal) papercuts from years ago and use a sharpener, the blood's worth it.

Oh, and coming in contact with lead in the lead based shaving creams is also a real, albeit, largely 'ooh, I wonder if it'll kill me slowly?' thing that you should keep in mind.

Invest in high-quality hardware

The first thing to do is invest in high-quality hardware. You can whip up a delicious spreadsheet, an after-hours sales campaign, and a mind-numbing training manual that'll get you through the next milestone with flying colors. But if your hardware is wonky on the inside, it'll only yield wonky results on the outside.

Nice tools and devices save time, increase efficiency, and even output quality. It's an investment every organization (and person) should make.

Here are a couple things worth spending money on:

Desk. Sit at the right desk to do the right job. If you spend 15-20 hours a day in your desk, you might as well make the investment in one that is ergonomically correct and has ample writing surfaces.

Mouse. There's a reason why fidget spinner sales are through the roof. Entertain your coworkers with a cat gif, surf the web for the best deal on new gear, and also to actually navigate your email and documents.

Phone. Investing in a new, secure, and fast smartphone can boost your productivity just as much as it can your lifestyle (especially if you like to listen to Pandora on your lunch break).

Keep things functioning properly

If you have locked your keys in your car or your child is locked out of the house, it's okay; just be calm. You will find solutions. Remember that most complex things have simple solutions. In this case, you should get yourself a cab, and you should also bring someone with a spare house key with you.

It's likely that someone will be able to find a solution in the case where you have been locked out of your house. It may not be an ideal solution, but it could save you a lot of unnecessary stress. Leave behind some lights on, and you will be fine.

It may seem difficult to do some of those things that are causing you stress, but don't give up. There are always solutions. Have you ever locked your keys in a car or your child in a room?

Make sure that your post-shave routine is immaculate

To begin with, you must be extra clean. Use a high-quality facial wash to remove all dust and excess oil. Dry yourself off with a quality antimicrobial/antibacterial towel, followed up with a nice cold water rinse.

Moisture build-up is one of the worst things that you can do because it leads to nasty rashes and ingrown hairs.

To achieve just that, purchase a nice soothing after-shave balm.

Lather it up on your beard and allow it to settle in while you bask in its cold stinging sensation (if it stings, it’s working).

To further get rid of rashes and prevent ingrown hairs, you need to moisturize your face regularly! Try out some high-quality non-comedogenic moisturizers like the Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Moisturizer.

Smoking delays the healing process of your skin and strips your face of the protective oils that it needs to maintain optimum moisture levels.

In order to get the best shave possible, you have to be in top physical health. That means that you have to get regular exercise, adopt a healthy diet, and manage your stress levels.

This pre-shave regimen will hold true for shaving using shaving cream or without shaving cream.

Grit your teeth

And go for it!

It takes practice but yes, you can do it. Using a sharp razor, shave in the shower and rinse the razor immediately after each stroke. This will prevent mugs from irritation. Warm water will soften the hairs and make them easier to cut, but don't let water from the shower touch the area you're shaving-this will cause irritation and razor burn. Use light pressure over the area you're shaving and be careful not to cut too close. Double-check your progress frequently in the mirror. While you might miss a few stray hairs, stick with it, and remember that it's only temporary. When you’re finally done, gently apply a light lotion or lotion with aloe vera, and let it set for a few minutes before applying a moisturizer. Small red bumps are bound to appear. Use antibiotic ointment, such as Neosporin, if they become infected. Be sure to cover the area well so that the ointment doesn't rub off or cause unnecessary contact with other people.


Ensure you follow the steps in this video.

Follow step one and wet your beard thoroughly. This will make it easier to work with and will ensure that your razor will glide across your skin instead of picking up ingrown hairs.

Avoid using an electric razor if you can. They don’t give you as close of a shave and they tend to also pull hairs out of your face rather than cutting them off.

Use a quality razor for the job. The shaving cream will only get you so far. Cheap razors tend to easily clog up and don’t glide across the face as easily as the higher end brands.

Don’t go overboard with strokes in your first pass. Firstly, it will most likely cause your razor to clog up. Additionally, too many strokes across your face in one pass will really irritate the skin.

Use short strokes as you work your way across the face. This will help you cut as close to the skin as you can without actually cutting the skin itself.

To avoid shaving burn you have to avoid using short strokes. Use long and smooth strokes when you have an area covered with hair. This will keep the razor on the top of the skin and prevent pulling.

Use shaving cream to help the razor. It will help the blade glide along the skin instead of trying to work through lots of coarse hair.