GROWTH INHIBITORSThe deal: "Shave-minimizing lotions" claim to slow growth so you shave less often. Some use botanical/plant extracts (Bliss Get Out of Hair!, $35 (pictured) and Completely Bare Completely Smooth, $42). Others use soy Aveeno Positively Smooth Moisturizing Lotion, $7.99).
The bonus: They moisturize, which is key to a close shave, something Barredo, Vanoosthuyze, and Barshop all agree on. And many exfoliate using ingredients like willow bark, which can prevent ingrowns.
Best for: Reluctant shavers.
Avoid if: You're not a gambler, as many experts and consumers are skeptical of these creams' effectiveness. But since moisturized skin equals closer-shaved skin, they can't hurt.
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