I am 44. I have been shaving my face for over 25 years without using shaving cream or anything else.. not even water. A while back when I started shaving my head, I also used no cream or water as this was natural for me.
I read a lot of posts on this forum about shaving creams. I began to wonder if I were a freak so I googled the issue. I came across this post about shaving cream being a racket. http://www.lewrockwell.com/tucker/tucker65.html
Now, I won't go as far as to claim it's a racket although there may be some truth to it for some poorly made brands. I came across other threads discussing this very article and most of the people feel this guy is as nutty as a fruit cake. There was even a shaving FAQ sited that gave "scientific' reasons why you NEED to use shaving cream. I found the logic largely bunk and one sided in the FAQ because it did not take into account how the skin continually heals itself, grows new skin daily and the fact that hair shaves just fine even in a non weakened state. ( They claimed cream and or water is needed to weaken the hair for easier cutting.)
Ever try to cut down a green tree or break a green branch? Not so easy is it? Ever try to cut down the same tree or break the branch after it had dried? It's a lot easier to cut down or break. I feel this is the same way with hair.
I know I get a great shave everyday. No cutting my face up, no razor burns, no red bumps, no irritation.. just steel on skin. This is the same for my face and my head. I have good skin, with no skin problems due to shaving this way.
So I ask you - Anyone else out there who does not use shaving cream?