VeloSkin Shave Cream is a great way to take a little extra care when preparing your legs for race day. The cream is easily applied with a brush, lathers well, provides a close shave, leaves the skin pretty well moisturised, and seems to have slowed regrowth slightly. This is well worth the investment.
- Pros: Scent, seems to inhibit regrowth
- Cons: Expensive
I started shaving my legs when I started racing at uni. It's not the worst choice I made while there and I've kept it going, preferring the smooth look to the caveman legs I used to have. It's a year-round thing for me and I like to take the time to do a good job.
I've always had a slight issue with irritation, so when I was sent this cream that is designed for legs, I was intrigued. Would this be better than a fancy gel?
The application of a cream like this is best done with a brush. I picked one up on Amazon for a few quid, which is good enough for me. The cream takes the water from the brush and lathers up nicely on the skin, with one dip in the cream being just enough for both legs. I did apply some with my hands, but this didn't generate nearly as much lather as the brush.
I found it best to apply to the legs in halves. This way, the lather stays in the best condition for a comfortable shave.
The smell of this cream is one of its main appeals. The smell isn't your usual 'blokes changing room' whiff; it's much more pleasant, with a citrusy orange blossom aroma meant to evoke the twisting climbs of Mallorca. I know which I'd rather be reminded of.
Using my Gillette Fusion, Veloskin Shave Cream allows for a really close shave and I'm pleased to report zero irritation when I'd usually have at least a little, especially around the knee.
The cream doesn't leave the skin feeling dry by any means, but I'd always recommend a little moisturiser after the skin has been patted dry. Should you be shaving on the morning of a ride, you can always rub in sun cream, but as a rule you should always avoid embrocation for a few hours post-shave. It's not a mistake you want to make...
Veloskin claims that the 'cutting-edge molecular technology contained within each tube inhibits hair regrowth'. While I was sceptical, it does seem to be stemming the regrowth, which normally turns my legs to sandpaper after a day. This seems to delay it for about 48 hours. I'm impressed.
At £12 direct from Veloskin's site (plus £5 p&p), it's more than double the price of a tube of shaving gel. This cream, however, is lasting really well. I've been using it twice a week for two months and it's about three-quarters full. This will depend on your usage. Veloskin says you can also use it on the face, which I've only done once, purely because I don't usually wet shave my face. It's also cheaper than Rapha's version at £15.
You do also have to factor in the price of a brush, but I'm converted. Beyond the superior shave, I like the process of using the brush and the delayed regrowth that the cream provides.
Would I use this every morning on my face? It's probably too time-consuming compared with a gel. Add to this the fact that I care more about my legs than my face, and I'll be saving this for my 'guns'.
Luxury shaving cream that delivers a close and comfortable shave while seeming to slow regrowth – a great gift for any racer
road.cc test report
Make and model: Veloskin Shave Cream
Size tested: 150ml
Tell us what the product is for
VeloSkin says: "As a cyclist, you know that shaving your legs is a rite of passage; a necessary commitment to doing things right and to showing off those chiselled guns. And if you are doing things right, do it with a product designed with your goals in mind."
I say: It is indeed a rite of passage! It's also nice to have a product designed for this specific task.
"VeloSkin's shave cream is a unique formulation tailored to those who kick off each race season with super smooth skin."
That formulation is one that leaves the legs smooth, moisturised and ready to race.
"Working up into a rich and creamy lather, VeloSkin's shave cream is easily identifiable by our house scent - a refreshing blend of orange blossom and bergamot evoking the hill climbs of sunny Mallorca."
This was one of the best things for me. The smell is really pleasant.
"By utilising natural ingredients to moisturise your skin, you'll find VeloSkin's shave cream is mild enough to use daily on your face, as well as your legs. So if your daily ride is more Leyton to Bank on the Central Line than the Tour De France in the saddle, we have got you covered either way."
It does a nice job on the face too, but it's a bit of a process for a bleary-eyed, pre-work shave.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Over ten natural elements go into the making of every tin of VeloSkin shave cream, all with your skin's best interests at heart. These include:
Coconut oil - The fatty acids from coconut oil work to condition the skin
Jojoba oil - Offers antibacterial properties to counter any razor burn
Raspberry seed oil - Rich in essential fatty acids to hydrate, repair and nourish the skin
Argan oil - A natural oil to minimise skin redness and dryness
Aloe vera - Provides essential hydration, locking in moisturiser as you shave
Cucumber oil - Prepares your skin for shaving by minimising razor drag
Wheat protein - Works gently to increase skin firmness and strength
Kelimillet - A mild amino acid to condition the skin
Shea butter - This rich and luxurious nut butter moisturiser is the antidote to dry, chapped skin
Orange oil - Tones skin and smells amazing
The cream is spongy and not greasy at all. With a dab of water and a brush, it foams nicely in a shaving bowl.
No irritation and slower regrowth.
The 150g tin is lasting really well...
The cream allowed me to get a close shave without irritation. You've got to be strict with an exfoliation regime in between shaves to avoid ingrowing hairs, but it'll give you a better shave next time.
If you want a cheap shave, this ain't it. (Though Rapha's is more expensive...)
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Delivered a comfortable and close shave and was pleasant to use.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The slower regrowth I've had is very welcome.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The price is steeper than a shaving gel.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yeah, the process of using the brush is enjoyable.
Would you consider buying the product? Yep, I'm a convert to the cream.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, to pretentious racers like me...
Use this box to explain your overall score
It's excellent. Okay, it's £12, but it's cheaper than Rapha's version and it works really well.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Di2 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, club rides, general fitness riding, I specialise in the Cafe Ride!
Son of a Marathon runner, Nephew of a National 24hr Champion, the racing genetics have completely passed him by. Liam spends his time plodding his way through cyclocross races, very busy not winning. As an advocate for perfectly clean chains, he can be found cleaning his bike instead of training. A shop mechanic, Liam has many helpful skills, such as being able to identify 'cross tubs by the tread pattern alone. If you bump into him, he'll probably be eating.