The term is often used in reviews for creams/soaps, heck ive even used it myself. I got to thinking in the wee quiet hours of the night, and started to wonder if I actually understood what it meant in regards to shaving. I came to the conclusion that i don't, a razor blade can cut a hair at a microscopic level, so the edge of the blade can't be whats being cushioned as the blade would go through it easier then a hot knife through butter,.. so what exactly is being cushioned and why is it important.
I can understand water and the properties of the soap that help soften the hair for the cut
I can understand the slickness helping the skin not to bind at the edge causeing a cut or irritation
and i can understand keeping the skin supple so it will have more give and forgiveness to prevent a cut or irritation
So i guess this is one aspect i dont get and could use the masterminds we have here to help break it down for me so I know my gear better and help out on my technique, and im sure there are other new members and shavers who could benefit from this as well, thank you in advance to all who pitch in