Whether you're shaving your arms, legs or other areas of the body, a shaving soap can help to make the process easier. The soap will soften the hair so that it's easier to remove. You will also find that using soap can decrease the chances of the skin becoming irritated.
It's best to use a soap that has a high fat content as it will help in creating a better lather. Glycerin is another ingredient to look for in a soap as this is used in softening the skin. It also helps in hydrating the skin and locking in moisture. A soap that has a fat content of about 40 percent is ideal. Try not to get products that are inexpensive. They often don't have the ingredients that will prevent redness and will sometimes cause more irritation as they are made with lower quality ingredients.
There are a few different ways to use soap, but you will find that they all use the basic methods. One of the ways that was first used is to place a small amount of soap in a bowl or cup, add enough water so that it lathers, and dip a brush in the water before applying the soap to the skin. Once the soap is applied, you can begin shaving. You want to shave in the opposite direction that the hair grows in order to remove as much hair as possible. Another option is to apply the soap directly to the skin. Once it's applied, you can begin shaving. However, you need to reapply the soap frequently as it can dry quickly. You can also use shaving cream as this has the same effects as soap, but you will sometimes get a better conditioning and cleansing of the skin by using soap as creams will wash away faster.