Shaving cream is essential for providing moisture to your skin as you shave. Apart from offering moisture, the cream also helps prevent irritation and razor burn, which show up in the form of unattractive bumps and redness. If you are looking for an economical and convenient alternative to commercial shaving cream for shaving your body (from your legs and bikini line to your face and underarms), take the time to make your own homemade shaving cream.
Things You'll Need
- Glycerin soap
- Double boiler
- Sunflower oil
Slice up cube-shaped pieces (about the size of a dice) of natural glycerin soap with a standard kitchen knife. Glycerin functions as a humectant, and as a result helps draw hydration into the skin.
Place the glycerin soap pieces in a double boiler, which is a type of fitted saucepan often used for food melting purposes on the stove top. Melt the cubes of soap in the double boiler at a temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit or lower (higher temperatures could lead to moisture loss and the formation of crystals.)
Add a small amount (roughly 1/4 cup) of sunflower oil into the bain-marie. This light oil features calming and hydrating properties, and therefore can defend the skin against irritation during the shaving process. Blend the oil into the soap in thoroughly.
Transfer the blend into a container (such as a coffee mug), but do so only after ensuring that all of the glycerin pieces have melted fully (which usually takes between 15 minutes and half an hour.) Keep the blend in the coffee mug or transfer it into another container of your preference, such as a cosmetics jar.
Allow the blend to sit for about 20 minutes. When shaving, proceed with the homemade shaving remedy as you would with any other typical store-bought product. If you have any extra glycerin blend remaining when you are done shaving, you can store it in your refrigerator until you need it again.
Tips & Warnings
- If you're in a pinch for time, consider using hair conditioner as shaving cream. Similar to shaving cream, hair conditioners can offer moisture to the skin.
- If you notice any signs of irritation due to glycerin use, stop using it and contact a doctor immediately. You may have a glycerin allergy, which manifests itself with symptoms such as chest tightness and swelling.
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