We’ve all been there-you’re mid-shave only to realize you’ve run out of shaving cream before getting to your second leg. Rather than resorting to an uneven shave—or worse, dry shaving—there are a few shaving cream alternatives you can use in a pinch. While these aren’t permanent replacements, we’d be willing to bet you have these items somewhere in your house, so even if you have to step out of the shower for a second, they can make a handy impromptu stand-in. Below, find seven shaving cream alternatives for when you’re all out and skipping that shave just isn’t an option.
One of the most popular substitutes for shaving cream is conditioner—and for a good reason! Conditioner typically has a thicker formula and soothing, hydrating ingredients, making it an easy swap for shaving cream if you’re in need. The Cleveland Clinic also says that hair conditioner can be used to help your razor glide along your skin more easily.
2. Body Lotion
It’s very important to moisturize your skin right after hopping out of the shower, but in this case, body lotion can make for a great temporary shaving cream replacement. Its thick, creamy formula will help you get the perfect shave without hurting your skin, and it will leave your legs feeling baby soft. You can also opt for an in-shower body lotion, which will leave you with buttery soft skin before you even finish showering.
3. Body Oil
Body oil is another great substitute for shaving cream. It’s lightweight and has multiple benefits that can nourish your skin and keep it moisturized. Look for body oils made with ingredients such as fruits and flowers, which will help enhance your skin after shaving. This alternative is also recommended by the Cleveland Clinic, as it can help your razor slide smoothly over your skin.
4. Shea Butter
You’re likely familiar with shea butter, an ingredient known for its hydrating abilities. It’s harvested from nuts and works best at protecting and relieving dry skin. You may even recognize it from some of the labels of your favorite skin care, hair care, and makeup products. On its own, however, shea butter can be used as an impromptu shaving cream. Check out your local beauty supply store or grocery store for raw shea butter.
5. Coconut Oil
You may have heard about the benefits of coconut oil for skin, but we have a feeling you haven’t considered using it this way. As it turns out, much like shea butter, coconut oil can be used when your shaving cream can is empty. It’s super moisturizing and will help protect your skin. Remember to rinse your razor frequently to prevent build-up. Disposable razor? Go ahead and throw it away after a single use.
6. Aloe Vera
When summer is in full swing, it’s likely you’ll have some aloe vera lying around (and some left over during the cold weather months). Instead of only using it to soothe your sunburn, use the aloe vera by smoothing it onto your skin before shaving. The thick, jelly-like texture will give your skin a slick surface that will let the blade of your razor glide across it seamlessly.
7. Body Wash
Back to shower staples, we’re sure you saw this alternative coming! Just like you can use a conditioner as a quick fix when you’ve run out of shaving cream, body wash can also be a handy replacement. Bonus: You’ll be able to shave and cleanse your legs at the same time. Washing your legs has never been so gratifying.