If you shave with a razor, using a shaving cream, shaving soap or shaving gel will help lubricate your skin to prevent irritation as well as softening hair for quicker, closer removal.
Traditional shaving creams and shaving soaps have to be lathered by hand. Shaving soap is typically lathered in a mug or bowl and applied with a shaving brush. More popular today are aerosol foams and gels, which lather automatically. While shaving cream or foam hides the skin and hair beneath it, gel starts off clear, letting you shave and trim more precisely, which can be useful if you maintain manicured facial hair such as a moustache, goatee or sideburns. Women's shaving creams and gels are designed to moisturize and lubricate women's skin and body hair and often have fruity or floral fragrances.