I have been using the Close Comfort Shave Gel from Paula's Choice for quite a while, but unfortunately it is not available anymore. Now I have been experimenting with different other shaving creams but nothing is as good as the PC product. Most are drying, stinging or don't give sufficient protection from the shaving blade. Some people advice to use hair conditioners, or just mild facial washes when you have sensitive skin, trying to avoid the fragrance, foaming and drying effects of normal shaving creams.
But if a facial wash or conditioner could work, what ingredients are essential to make the product a good shaving product? And are there other things to consider, pH maybe? Looking at the Paula's Choice product I should be looking at something like glycerin I think, could the facial wash I use at the moment be something which could work as a shaving cream for example only looking at the ingredients?
Paula's Choice Close Comfort Shave Gel:
Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Polysorbate-20 , Ethoxydiglycol, Epilobium Angustifolium (Willow Herb) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Bisabolol, PPG-12 Buteth-16, Glycol Stearate, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Copper PCA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol.
Face Wash I use at the moment (pH 5.5):
Aqua, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Sucrose Polystearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Dimethicone, Sodium Polyacrylate, p-Anisic Acid, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Lecithin, Phenethyl Alcohol, Citric Acid.