What I don't understand about shaving creams is how they are formulated. All regular shaving creams/gels I tested have pH values between 8.5 and 10 and use surfactants like sles or cocamide mea that can be drying. Most of the times its combined with something like stearic acid.
For very dry sensitive skin , like I have, it leaves my skin itchy, red and dry. Considering it has some of the properties of an old fashioned bar soap, wouldn't it be wise to substitue it with something else? And why are they even formulated this way, why does it have such high ph-values?
Dermatologist recommend for eczema patients to substitute their face wash with their regular emmolient cream and to also shave with it (search on Google "eczema emmolient shaving substitute"). I tried it with a couple of basic cleansing milks and moisturizers, and my skin is less dry, but it doesn't really give the same barrier/slip most of the times.
So I wonder is it wise to substitute your shaving cream with an emollient moisturizer, and what ingredients have a slippery feeling and give a barrier on skin so that the blade glides easily over your skin?