We ask: What is the best men’s razor for sensitive skin?
There’s nothing worse than when you need to have a tight, close shave but each time you shave it hurts.
It honestly feels like you are dragging sandpaper across your face as each one of your hairs seems to scream out at you with every pass.
Well, we are here to help.
We have done the groundwork and we have tested more than 20 shavers (and learned a surprising number of facts along the way that have helped us achieve shaving success).
The truth is, that YES, a very good quality shaver is super important, but just as important is the use of a good solid shaving routine.
Sorry if you were hoping that a super spangly shaver would be the miracle answer.
While it will go so far in helping get close without too much irritation, you need to do some base work yourself.
I’m sure if there were a single shaver that could fix every persons skin, they would be selling millions of them each week.
So, yes, I am going to show you the very best shaver for sensitive skin (it’s the Braun 7 series by the way)
Now, just with as good quality razor you can make things easier, but if you follow the guide below, you will hopefully get the same results (and we would love to hear your results by the way :-))
The perfect pre-shave routine
Follow this time and time again to get the best results.
Before we begin I need you to consider whether you will be doing a wet shave, or a dry shave (with your electric razor). Either is fine, and it literally a personal choice right now.
I will spell out the best way forward using BOTH these methods, so you can choose your preferred way.
|Dry Shaving "Pre-Shave" Routine||Wet Shaving "Pre-Shave" Routine|
|STEP 1: You need to get rid of any facial moisture. A good quality drying soap will help work wonders. Brands like the US Ivory Soap will be just fine.||STEP 1: Warm the skin with some warm water or by taking a nice hot shower (you can also perform your shave while in the shower)|
|STEP 2: Get yourself some pre-shave lotion / cream such as Proraso. This one is for SENSITIVE SKIN and has an almost 100% "positive feedback score" from hundreds of very pleased customers who now use it:||STEP 2:A good quality shaving foam will be enough here, although you could opt for the pre-shave cream on the left. At this stage all we want to do is soften up the hairs and try to get them to stand up off the skin surface.
|STEP 3: Keep your machine full charged and lubricated. When your shaver is low on charge there's the chance it is going to snag and tug at your face.|
Your shaver needs a few light drops of lubricating oil. Below is the cheapest we've found and you get a HUGE bottle too! For the small amount of money, it is going to last years (you can also use this food-grade mineral oil for other odd jobs around the house)
|STEP 3: Work the pre-shave cream or the quality shaving cream into the hairs. Not too much but enough to let them coat the hairs and start to soften up the outer hair coating (call ed the cuticle).|
|STEP 4: Is your beard more then 3 to 4 days old? Use some trimmers first to reduce the length a bit. Electric shavers were never designed to remove long hair, only shorter stubbly growth.||STEP 4: Clean your shaver after EVERY SHAVE. You'll quickly get a build up of hairs, creams and grime. This impacts the performance of the blade. You'll also need to re-lubricate the blades to keep them in pristine condition.|
|STEP 5: Hold your skin tight when shaving. Move your chin, or use two fingers to pull the skin tight.|
Shave in line with the grain, then shave up against the grain. So up and down without too much pressure.
|STEP 5: Pat your skin dry instead of rubbing it with a towel. This reduces any irritation.|
|STEP 6 Use a high quality after shave lotion or balm to add moisture back and help the skin.|
NOTE: I am not talking about "off the shelf traditional after shave lotions". These typically have alcohol in them whiich can irritate sensitive skin.
I am talking about "Witch Hazel"
Barbers use witch Hazel and it performs a fantastic job of invigorating your skin without any nasty side effects.
|STEP 6: Grab a bottle of a quality babers favourite "after shave lotion" called Witch Hazel (has no alcohol in it which is known to irritate skin.)
Getting the best men’s razor for sensitive skin is the right first step, but in joint level of importance is how you handle the whole routine. How you implement this pre-shave routine will directly impact on your own results.
We’ve also written about shavers designed specifically for shaving a mans chest.
Have you followed this and had good results? Please comment below