Afternoon beauty fix: Soap or shaving cream–what’s best?

Should I be using shaving cream instead of soap to shave my legs?
A good shave is about so much more than what you use to shave with, especially if your legs are dry, sensitive, and suffering the wrath of winter weather. The act of shaving works as a natural exfoliant and opens the pores on your legs, giving them a good opportunity to absorb some healing and healthy nutrients. Commonplace soaps and creams are more likely to build residue on your skin and expose open pores to chemical-ridden fragrance, so our expert opinion errs on the side of using natural and naturally scented shaving oils and emollients. Alba Coconut Cream Shave ($6 at drugstores) is soap-free and infused with lime juice—an amino acid that renews tired cells—and coconut oil, which will moisturize your skin and leave it feeling smooth. Dr. Hauschka Rose body wash ($20, has shea butter, almond oil, and rose petal extract to nourish skin, leaving it supple and smooth, not dry and susceptible to nicks. And, if your skin is extra sensitive, Weleda shave cream ($13, is conditioned with pansy extract and goat’s milk to calm inflamed skin and smooth out rough bumps with natural emollients.

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