The 10 Best Shaving Gels
This wiki has been updated 5 times since it was first published in May of 2020. Shaving your face or legs is a time-consuming process that can lead to nicks, cuts, and razor burn if you don't use a good gel. The ones on this list create a barrier between your delicate skin and the blade to ensure a smooth glide, and most are formulated with various ingredients for moisturizing, hydration, and general skin care. We've included options for both men and women. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
June 25, 2020:
If you find that traditional shaving creams aren't effective enough at preventing razor burns and irritation, or simply aren't giving you a close enough shave even with a brand new razor, it may be time to try switching to a gel. We've focused on finding options that contain ingredients that are said to be hydrating, since your skin needs moisture after a shave, and which promote a smooth glide while providing a protective barrier to help you avoid nicks and cuts.
Depending on which gel you choose, it may keep the same consistency the entire time, or it could foam into a thick lather as you rub it onto your skin. If you are looking for the latter, you should turn to Gillette Fusion ProGlide 2-in-1, Harry's Foaming, Skintimate Raspberry Rain, as all of these are designed to foam. Those who are looking for the former can turn to any of the other options on our list.
While most of the gels we have selected would work well for those with sensitive skin, Nivea Men Sensitive Shave, Anothony Shave Gel, and Gillette Satin Care Ultra Sensitive were specifically formulated with those users in mind. Nivea contains no dyes or alcohol, while Gillette Satin Care is free of dyes and fragrances, and Anothony Shave Gel contains carrageenan extract, which is said to be healing. Aveeno Therapeutic can also be a smart choice for these users, as it contains vitamin E and oat, which are purportedly anti-inflammatory and high in antioxidants. It is fragrance-free and non-comedogenic.
If you want to be able to see every last hair as you shave, you'll want to choose a gel that stays clear the whole time, like Anothony Shave Gel, Elegance Earth Fragrance, and EZ Blade Gel. Between offering full visibility and producing an effective protective barrier, the chances of nicking yourself when using one of these options is considerably less than when using a traditional lathering formula.
Oui The People Sugarcoat Oui The People Sugarcoat is a interesting choice that is formulated to transform from a gel to milk as it is massaged into the skin. This allows the ingredients to be absorbed into the skin as you shave, which should leave you feeling soft and smooth afterwards. Plus, it has a pleasant jasmine and orange fragrance most will enjoy. ouithepeople.com
Green People No. 2 Shaving Gel If you are looking to avoid unnecessary chemicals, you'll probably like Green People No. 2 Shaving Gel, which is 78-percent organic. It is also a cruelty-free and vegan-friendly product, too. It makes use of ingredients like grapefruit, seaweed, aloe vera, and mandarin peel oil, which are said to offer benefits ranging from supporting healthy skin to antibacterial properties to hydration. greenpeople.co