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pre-shave guard

shielding shave prep

A beard-softening shave prep for tough, coarse beards. Cooling formula ads an extra layer of defense during shaving to help soften the beard and minimize razor burn and bumps.Learn More

A beard-softening shave prep for tough, coarse beards.Learn More

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pre-shave guard

A beard-softening shave prep for tough, coarse beards. Cooling formula ads an extra layer of defense during shaving to help minimize razor burn and bumps. Maximizes beard softening without the high-alkaline ingredients that can aggravate and dry skin. Cooling Camphor helps tone to lift beard away from skin for maximum razor closeness. Help relieve razor burn with Clove Flower Oil. Combat aggravation, reddening and mechanical peeling associated with shaving with soothing Wheat Germ and Yeast Extract.
Although there is no standard for establishing a gluten-free designation for topical skin care products, independent laboratory testing confirms that this formula surpasses the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) ingestible standards and can therefore be considered gluten-free.
Formulated without animal-derived ingredients
Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors
no artificial fragrances and colors
Formulated without Parabens
Certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and PETA


  • Effectively softens heavier, coarser beards without skin-damaging high alkali.
  • Adds an extra layer of defense against the razor blade.
  • Increases lubricity during shaving.

how to use

After cleansing, apply a thin layer to beard. Do not rinse off. Apply Soothing Shave Cream over Pre-Shave Guard. Shave, rinsing blade often. Rinse with warm water. For use only underneath Soothing Shave Cream.

quick tip

Use only underneath Soothing Shave Cream for an ultra-lubricating, skin-protecting shave.


Water/Aqua/Eau, Stearic Acid, Behenic Acid, Myristic Acid, Glycerin, Sucrose, Sodium Hydroxide, Menthol, Camphor, Sodium PCA, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Disodium EDTA, Eugenol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

Dermalogica is dedicated to maintaining the accuracy of the ingredient lists on this website. However, because ingredients are subject to change, we cannot guarantee that these lists are complete, up-to-date and/or error-free. For an accurate listing of ingredients in each product, please refer to your product packaging.

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The best shave product I have ever used!


My summary says it all,, and that is after shaving for more years than I care to remember! Makes electric shaving a pleasure and the result is as smooth as a blade shave!

Northumberland, UK


Great product , poor packaging !


My review has to echo the comments about the packaging , although the product is great and one of the best shaving products I have ever used without question ; the packaging really lets it down , after using it for a few weeks the stick starts to crumble and drop through the open base , making it very awkward , messy and difficult to use ! This could easily be resolved and make it the most perfect shaving product !

Manchester, UK




I love this product. I use it all the time. It makes my face feel so cool and smooth. I can use any shave lotion with it, or and razor. Works great. I'm going to try the after shave balm soon. I love most of the dermalogica products I've tried.



Pre-shave guard could be great


The actual product is great! Unfortunately the change in packaging from a jar to the roll on tube has proven to be a disaster! The 'roll on' tube sits on a cross bar rather than a solid base so by the time you use around 70% of it, the remainder starts to crumble and fall to the bottom of the tube causing you lose it or scrape it out and save it in some other type of container.

Alabama, USA


Excellent when shaving with machine in the shower


I use this when using my wet-sharver.. It shaves well when using it normally - without Preshave guard. But when applying PSG right before shaving (in the shawer), it shaves extremely close and much better. This is the only way shaving gets just as good as with old fasion razor :)



Indispensable for sensitive skin


I bought this product for myself because I have extremely sensitive skin that is prone to razor burn, ingrown hairs, and dryness. I found that it worked wonderfully. My husband, who has very thick, dense facial hair, is also prone to razor burn and cuts. We both adore this product and regard it as indispensable for shaving. Neither of us has experienced razor burn, razor cuts, ingrown hairs, or excessive dryness from shaving in the three months that we have been using this product. The only minor drawback is that it gums up the razors quickly, but we both consider it worth it.

Burlington, VT, USA


Poor packaging makes it pricey


Because the product itself, inside the 'roll on' tube sits on a cross bar rather than a solid base, by the time you've used slightly more than half of it, the remainder crumbles and falls to the bottom of the tube making it difficult to retrieve. If you can find this same product in jars, as it used to be packaged, it is a superb pre-shave product.

Deal, NJ


you need to use it often


After couple use the thing gets dry and it starts to burst. I recommend to finish it as quick as possible.



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Hello Dermalogica - I have been using this product, Pre-Shave Guard, along with the Post-Shave Balm which has helped reduce cuts significantly. However, I cannot seem to locate this product on your online store or any major retailer. Can you please tell me if this product has been discontinued, and if so, provide a comparable replacement? Thank you!


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. I apologize. Those items have been discontinued to make way for our innovations. There is no replacement at this time. Perhaps in the future. Kind Regards, Bernadette


is this available in a travel size?


It's 2.6 ounces. Travel size in the US is 3.4 ounces or less. So, currently it only comes in a 'travel size'.




This product is available in travel size in the Shave system kit.


Are you supposed to use this product on a damp face as instructions say Smooth shaving cream goes on to a clean & damp face


─░ use it both ways it works fine


I use it in ths shower after i have rinsed my face.. So damp skin.. I think it needs to be damp/wet to apply as supposed.. And it works fantastic in my opinion


Best result I find is to dip the head of the pre-shave guard in water and massage onto the face. Apply the shave cream over and you get a great comfortable shave, with no razor burn


It works either way, but I prefer to apply it to clean, dry skin prior to applying shave cream.


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