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Paula's Choice Skincare
PC4Men Shave
Rating
6 fl. oz. for $12
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Shaving Creams/Lotions/Gels
Last Updated:06.27.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Overview

The problem with most shaving creams is that they contain too much fragrance or problematic, irritating ingredients like menthol, various forms of mint, citrus, or eucalyptus. All of these can lead to redness, razor bumps, and other signs of irritation most men might associate with being normal side effects of the daily shave. Guys, it doesn't have to be like that, which PC4Men Shave ably proves!

This fragrance-free shaving cream offers a concentrated formula that produces a low lather and is easy to smooth over the beard area. Applying a thin layer to damp skin leads to a close shave without irritation, and the formula rinses easily from your razor blade and face, leaving skin feeling smooth.

We've added plant-based anti-irritants to provide extra soothing benefits and coconut oil for its natural moisturizing properties.

If we have any hesitation about this formula it's that the pH is a bit higher than we would ideally like and what we typically recommend. But because we've made this shave cream so gentle in every other regard, the benefit of the higher (more alkaline) pH for softening the hair follicle in order to make shaving easier seems a fair tradeoff.

Pros:
  • Protective, fragrance-free formula.
  • Easy to apply, easy to rinse.
  • Leaves skin feeling smooth.
  • Anti-irritants reduce redness from shaving.
  • Concentrated cream formula reduces the risk of razor burn and bumps.
Cons:
  • This has a higher (more alakline) pH than what we'd typically recommend for other rinse-off products like cleansers, but can be acceptable in a shave product.
Claims

Provides a close, clean shave without redness or irritation; Protects skin from razor burn and bumps; Concentrated cream formula rinses easily; 100% fragrance- and colorant-free; Leaves skin comfortably smooth

Ingredients

Water, Stearic Acid, Myristic Acid (fatty acid-based thickeners), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil (non-fragrant moisturizing plant oil), Glycerin (skin-repairing agent), Potassium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Allantoin, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Arctium Majus Root Concentrate (plant-based anti-irritants), Carnosine (antioxidant), Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract (plant-based anti-irritant), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (water-binding agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster/stabilizer), Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid (skin-conditioning agent), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Caprylyl Glycol (preservative), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Benzalkonium Chloride (antimicrobial agent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Brand Overview

Paula's Choice Skincare At-A-Glance

Strengths: Fragrance-free products; all products formulated based on extensive published research on how ingredients can benefit skin; uniquely formulated AHA and BHA products; effective skin-lightening options; gentle cleansers; toners that go beyond the norm; all sunscreens provide broad spectrum protection (including UVA-screening ingredients); proven anti-acne products; antioxidant-rich serums and moisturizers; anti-aging products that work as claimed; gentle yet effective natural products; most foundations provides sun protection and come in a range of neutral colors; unique brow products; on-the-go teeth whitener; lipstick with sunscreen; impressive, reasonably priced makeup brushes; samples are available for most products.

Weaknesses: Does not offer a complete collection of makeup; makeup shade range isn’t as extensive for darker skin tones; limited concealer options.

Disclosure: Paula Begoun is creator of Beautypedia and founder of Paula's Choice Skincare products. Reviewing thousands of skincare and makeup products over the past 30 years, both on this site and in her best-selling books, Paula's mission has always been to help consumers find the best products possible for their skin. The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains this commitment. In addition, The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same rating standards and criteria, whether it is a Paula's Choice product or another brand.

Paula's Choice Skincare was established in 1995 when best-selling beauty author and consumer advocate Paula Begoun (known as The Cosmetics Cop) decided to develop her own products. Like most of us, she was fed up with products that overpromised results, cost a lot of money, and failed to deliver—or made matters worse!

As a natural evolution of Paula's personal mission to help consumers find the best products for their skin, the line has grown into an extensive range of skincare and makeup products that are formulated to meet the needs of almost every skin type and skin concern imaginable. From acne to wrinkles, oily skin, rosacea, large pores, eczema, redness, sagging, dry skin, and on and on, Paula's Choice offers a solution.

Paula's Choice Skincare stands apart from other cosmetics brands. The formulas contain only ingredients that have substantiated, published research showing they are beneficial and effective—so you get visible results. Stable packaging is another feature of the brand, using innovative, opaque, and air-tight or air-restrictive components that keep antioxidants and other light- and air-sensitive ingredients from breaking down (unlike jar packaging, which compromises what might otherwise be an effective formula). The line is also 100% fragrance-free, which is best for all skin types, especially for those with sensitive skin or rosacea.

From cleansers to broad-spectrum sunscreens to anti-aging serums to specialized treatments, Paula's Choice Skincare has you covered from head to toe with innovative, state-of-the-art products. The brand also offers professional-quality makeup products including concealer, foundation, eyeshadow, lipstick, and more. (Paula started out as a makeup artist so she definitely knows her way around a face!)

Paula's Choice Skincare does not test on animals and also takes an environmentally friendly approach by featuring minimalist, recyclable packaging. Another plus—the Customer Service team is among the best in the industry, offering a "100% satisfaction or your money back" guarantee.

For more information about Paula's Choice, call (800) 831-4088 or visit www.paulaschoice.com.

Why are all Paula's Choice Skincare products rated highly? The Paula's Choice Skincare Team would not launch a product unless it was worthy of a high rating from The Beautypedia Team. Paula and The Beautypedia Team were researching and reviewing products long before Paula's Choice Skincare ever existed and consumers were constantly requesting a skincare brand that met all of Beautypedia's criteria. As a result, The Paula's Choice Skincare Team was created and uses the same research and criteria to formulate Paula's Choice products as The Beautypedia Team uses to review products.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia Research Team is dedicated to helping you find the absolute best products for your skin, using research-based criteria to review beauty products from an honest, balanced perspective. Each member of the team was personally trained by Paula Begoun herself.

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01.15.2015
Hubby loves it!

My husband started using Paula's Choice Shave and is now hooked.

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