7 Best Razors for Sensitive Skin – Reviews and Buying Guide (Updated 2018)
The word ‘sensitive’ is often used to refer to men that are hesitant to express their inner feelings. On the other hand, it also is used to refer to men who cry when watching emotional movies or who take in a lot of information and in the end are overwhelmed. However, regardless of what the term means to you. If you are a man and are reading this, you should not be afraid or be offended when you are labeled ‘sensitive’ as it turns out, ladies actually prefer sensitive men. Yes, apparently these kinds of men understand them better and they are easy to interact with. So it is more of a compliment than anything else.
But when it comes to sensitive skin, the dynamics change completely. If your skin is naturally sensitive, there are times, like shaving, when you feel like having a gorilla face would be much better.
But before you feel like giving up, don’t worry, there is still hope for you. Here is the good news, there are safety razors and the likes of Feather All-Stainless Steel double Edge Razor that are great for sensitive skin when compared to other units. On this post, we shall focus our sights on a bunch of these razors. We believe that the selection will serve you well and will not irritate your skin.
Whether you have sensitive skin or not, you do appreciate a grooming kit full of high-quality tools right?
Best Shaving Razors For Sensitive Skin – at a Glance [Updated May 2018]
|Feather AS D2||Beautiful, stainless steel design, Suitable for safety razor newbies, Should last a lifetime||Expensive|
|Merkur Futur||Flexible, Lots of settings to make a perfect fit for your need, Great finishing and modern style||Wide cutting head, Handle can be a bit slippery, Changing blades requires a bit of attention|
|Merkur 34C||Great value, Easy to load||Very short handle, not suitable for coarse beards|
|Gillette Mach3 Men's Sensitive Disposable||Pivoting head, Protective microfins, Superior blades||More expensive than other disposables|
|Schick Hydro 5 Razor for Men With Flip Trimmer||Hydrating Gel Reservoir, Flip Trimmer for hard-to-reach places, Top-of-the-line Schick blades||The handle is good, but perhaps not as good as on other cartridge razors|
|BIC Twin Select Men's Disposable Razor||Excellent quality for the price, Easy to control, Long-lasting blades||No lubrastrip like many disposables|
|Schick Hydro Silk Sensitive Skin Razor for Women with 2 Moisturizing Razor Blade Refills||Provides excellent hydration, Serum lasts up to two hours after shaving, Blades that adjust to the contours of your skin||Some reviewers say the blades aren’t as long-lasting as others|
Some Factors to Consider When Choosing a Razor For Your Sensitive Skin
In theory, a high-quality razor should be great on all skins regardless of their sensitivity levels. However, practically, some prove to be better on sensitive skin than others. That said, it should be noted that some of the qualities that make a razor of high quality are the same qualities considered when choosing the best razor for sensitive skin for a comfortable shaving experience.
Below are some factors that you should consider when you are shopping for a razor – especially if you have sensitive skin.
1. Safety or Cartridge Razor?
The best part about cartridge razors is the fact that they are readily available. You just might find them in every store you walk into. This is to mean that when you forget to pack the cartridge razor before you leave home, you should not stress out. You can rest easy knowing that you will find a disposable cartridge razor in any store, pharmacy, mini-mart or local supermarket that you waltz into.
Guys struggling with sensitive skin love cartridge razors. And here is why. With cartridge razors, there is a little, if any, learning to do during your first use. Additionally, they prove easy to use and handle. They will leave minimal cuts, irritations, and nicks. If your skin is sensitive, the last thing you will be looking to do is irritate it further.
That said, classic double-edged safety razors are slightly more complex. They do require a bit of time to learn the proper handling and technique. But even then, compared to disposable and cartridge razors, blade razors provide clean and closer shaves. Theoretically, you will need to make fewer glides and passes over your skin while shaving. In turn, this reduces the number of times the blade can irritate the skin.
More to this, double-edge razor blades tend to last longer compared to cartridge blades. And as you might be aware, while cartridge replacement blades are readily available, they can prove to be costly. Yes, safety razors require a larger initial investment but in the long run, they prove cheaper to maintain.
2. The Shaving Head
Most cartridge razors feature shaving heads with adjustable capabilities. In essence, you can alter the blade’s angle to fit and match the contours of your face for a perfect shave. Making this adjustment makes the blade more aggressive or milder depending on what you are looking for. The mild setting is perfect for sensitive skin. The shaving is not only close but it is free of irritations.
Other razors, especially the disposable kind come with shaving heads predesigned at ‘optimal’ shaving angles.
Truth be told, you will always get what you pay for. Whether the product is great or bad.
And while it is difficult to accept, most of the expensive razors on the market are usually worth the price they retail at. They are carved from high-quality materials, feature unique designs targeted to make shaving a breeze and above all, cause fewer irritations. Additionally, most of these last a long time. So the initial large investment you make will be worth it when the unit serves you for many years.
On the other hand, low-priced, or cheap razors feature a cheaper quality. This is especially true for the disposable types. A genuine disposable razor, the kind that you will throw out in your trash can after use will turn dull after a single use. It will not have a huge impact on your wallet (finances), and it will provide you with a quality shave without causing your sensitive skin to flare up.
There are very few razors that feature a moisturizing gel reservoir or a lubrastip (lubrication strips). These features are present in some razors and are designed to ensure your face remains well lubricated throughout your shaving process. A lubricated face, a well-lubricated face at that, results in far fewer irritations. But this is not to refute the role the adjustable shaving head plays in making a razor great for sensitive skin.
5. The Handle
It is often easy to overlook the importance of the razor’s handle in the entire shaving process. You should not pick just any handle as not all handles feel great in your hand. Some have great ergonomic form and others, well, not quite. Some have a secure grip while others are quite slippery especially when handled with soapy hands.
Pay close attention to the handle you pick. It should make the shaving process easier without resulting in nicks and cuts.
6. Electric Shavers
What about electric shavers, are those working for sensitive skin? Sure – we are doing a separate review for electric razors and will get back with an in-depth article for those.
Best Razor For Men With Sensitive Skin 2018
This safety razor is presented to us by Seki, a company based in Japan. Coincidentally, Japan is the origin of the samurai sword. As such, you at the very least are assured that the razors are sharp and of top quality.
However, there is a lot more to this razor than just the blade. The extra features are what make it perfect for men with sensitive skin. When compared to other razors, it is on the expensive side. But do not be duped, this razor is worth every penny you will spend on it. Let’s get into the details of this unit.
First and foremost, this unit is constructed of stainless steel. This is evident from its name. It is worth pointing out that this safety razor was among the very first to be carved out of stainless steel. But what is the big fuss about stainless steel? Well, for starters, it does not tarnish with time or even shows signs of losing its appearance. This makes it perfect for its price point.
The razor is designed to last for a long time – if not forever. All you will need to do after a couple of shaves, or as often as you deem necessary is to replace the blades when they turn dull. For this reason, this razor is a long-term investment. And once again, its price point is justified.
Now, while its blades are comparable to samurai swords, the razor is generally considered less aggressive when compared to other units. Is this a good thing? Yes. Because it means that you get to apply slight pressure while you are shaving without having to worry about cuts, nicks and irritating the skin. If your skin is sensitive, you will absolutely give thanks for the creation of this razor.
Below are additional aspects that need to be mentioned about this razor.
We have spoken at length about its unique and high-quality stainless steel construction. So we shall not get into that again. But in addition to the solid steel construction, the unit features a 3-piece design and has a closed comb. The balance of the razor is impressive. It weighs about 3.25 ounces.
Among its many likable features is the knurling on the handle. The knurling design features horizontal grooves which work to improve the grip. In total, there are 6 grooves intelligently spaced along the length of the handle.
This shaving head has been designed to tilt to about 45 degrees. This is pretty impressive especially given the fact that many razors tilt only to 30 degrees. This makes it easier for its blade to be aligned with your needs. Also worth pointing out is the fact that it makes for a great beginner razor. The reduced blade exposure to the skin leaves a lot more room for small mistakes without serious consequences. As a matter of fact, some users and reviews have gone on record to state that one can hardly feel the blade inside.
The Feather AS comes in a velvet or wooden box. The packaging you get is dependent on your location. Inside the packaging are 5 Feather stainless steel blades. Again, these are among the sharpest blades you will come across.
There is no doubt about it. Merkur Futur is designed and created as a man’s tool. All its superb features are included to best handle the very manly task of shaving. But be it as it may, it is still gentle enough to work its magic on sensitive skin. This might come as a shock to many, but it is the truth. Most wet shaving experts and enthusiasts can attest to this.
This razor is made in Germany. If you have been doing your research for a while now, you must have come across a phrase like ‘German craftsmanship.’ Its construction, features, and performance are rivaled by very few razors (if any) in the industry. The beauty of this razor is its versatility. It can handle shaving jobs ranging from mild to close smooth shaves on sensitive skins.
While most adjustable razor types have not been in the market for a long time, the Merkur is the exception. Its first debut in the market was back in the early 1980s and they have been in the game for quite some time. As a result, the company has honed its skills and has a firm understanding of what sensitive skinned guys are looking for.
As mentioned above, the Merkur Futur is an adjustable razor. It is designed with six impressive settings. For a not-so-aggressive shave, one that is perfect for sensitive skin, the #1 setting will work great. However, if you are looking for an aggressive shave for a close and smooth shave, you should prefer the #6 setting. However, with the latter setting, be careful not to exert intense pressure. At this level of aggressiveness, any undue pressure could lead to a bit of blood sipping out of your skin following nick.
In case you are wondering why this feature is a big deal, consider this. To get your desired shave, you will not need to invest in multiple safety razors. Merkur Futur is all you need for every shaving style you have in mind. This is why this razor is also our Top Pick for best safety razor.
So it is versatile. Is this all it has to offer? Of course not.
Below are some features and benefits you stand to gain from Merkur Futur.
- Most safety razors on the market are unfortunately not kind to beginners. And for those that are, there is a bit of learning curve that goes into getting the best result without experiencing nicks and cuts. Merkur Futur, however, is perfect for beginners and shaving experts alike. That said, it is advisable that you test it and are comfortable using it before switching it to the higher settings.
- It weighs 4.4 ounces. At this weight, it is without a doubt heavier than most units. The beauty of this weight is that you get to exert very little pressure and still get a close shave. It is worth noting that the weight is balanced and as such, provides its user with great maneuverability and control.
- It is 4-inches long. At this length, the handle is perfect for guys with large hands as it provides additional control.
- The handle lacks knurling. Instead, it features an indentation close to the head. This provides a perfect grip.
- Most razors make use of screws to hold the sharp razors on the head. Merkur Futur, however, sports clips. These make it easy to replace and load fresh blades.
Yes, yet another Merkur razor has made it to this list. That in itself says something right? Merkur has been in business for quite a long time. It demands respect and is almost the unspoken industry leader. It is praised in numerous reviews. With all these, it surely must be doing something right.
In comparison to the Merkur Futur above, Merkur 34C HD can also pull its own weight. It delivers excellent close shave results without causing sensitive skins to act up. It would be a shame to pay a premium and end up with bumps and rashes on your skin, right?
If you are a newbie in the shaving game, you probably are lost with all this talk of the Merkur 34C HD being great and functional. Well, the Merkur 34C HD is great for some very good reasons. First, it proves easy to use. Second, it is ideal for sensitive skin as it is not too aggressive. Speaking of which, it is this mildness that makes it the preferred choice for many shaving newbies. The blade leaves slightly more room to fumble and learn the right shaving techniques without nicking yourself.
Additionally, the Merkur 34C HD is affordable. You will get high-quality service and results without breaking the bank. No, we are not saying it is cheap, but for its price, the features and quality you get are a bargain. Other units in its price range may not come close in quality terms.
That said, below is an expanded view of the features the 34C sports
- It has a two-piece design. Note that it is not adjustable. It features a single blade.
- Like other Merkur razors, the 34C features a classy and beautiful chrome-plated finish. The finishing elevates the standard of the razor’s quality
- The 34C HD, in comparison to other razors in its price range, is lighter and proves easier to handle
- The blade alignment is consistent. It makes it easier to handle and perfect for sensitive skin
- The two-piece design allows for a faster and easier cleaning process as well as blade replacement
- Versatility is a plus that proves beneficial to both experts and newbies alike
- Though it is categorized as a mild razor, it can be paired with sharp blades to cut through thicker facial hair easily
- The knurling pattern on the handle length improves the grip
Read our in-depth review of Merkur HD 34C.
Gillette is one of the very few companies that have been in existence for over 100 years. Over the century that the company has been operational, it has earned a famous name for itself. So much so that the name has become synonymous with razors and shaving.
Does Gillette’s history make the company error-free or all knowing? Of course not – it does, however, give them an edge and an advantage in being a well-established company. There is no company that could be in existence for as long as Gillette has been without doing things well.
Speaking of making the right choices, with the Mach3 Disposable Razor, this company has obviously done a couple of things right. Below is a short list of what the company has done very well with this safety razor.
First, this razor features three blades in total. The blades have been positioned to ensure that for every stroke taken the razor makes 3 slashes. Needless to say, it is super effective. In addition to this, the Mach3 features a pivoting head designed to allow for a smooth navigation over the contours of the skin while avoiding cuts, nicks, and irritation.
Working with the blade alignment, the unit features protective micro fins. These are added to smoothen and stretch out the skin prior to the blade gliding over it.
Now the Mach3 Gillette blades come with a Diamond-like coated sharpness. This is a new technology that you will not find other companies incorporating in their design and construction. And in case you are wondering, yes, this technology is patented. Courtesy of this technology, the Mach3 blades are among the strongest disposable blades available.
The razor also features a lubrastrip which adds additional skin protection to the unit. It helps in fighting against the dry and sensitive skin which is easily irritated. This lubrastrip is equipped with natural oils which will with time turn to a white color denoting it is time for a replacement.
The construction of the blade makes it easy to rinse off the facial hair that may be stuck on the blade, shave gel, shave cream and any other dirt that might accumulate during the shaving process.
The Mach3 features a handle with a well thought out and ergonomic design providing great comfort and grip. As such, you need not worry about the razor slipping in your hands while you are busy shaving.
When fighting against the irritated and sensitive skin, moisture is key. Moisture is your friend when trying to prevent irritation. There is no other way to explain it.
Hydrated and lubricated skin lends itself out to a close shave but it also experiences reduced friction as the razor glides over it.
It goes without saying that this Schick razor is one of the best cartridges available for sensitive skin. This razor is all about lubrication and moisture. But then again, and in all honesty, any blade that features hydrating gel reservoirs like this Schick razor does, guarantees proper lubrication during a shave.
The Hydrating Gel reservoir that this unit boasts of enables it to deliver a smooth 40% reduced friction in comparison to a standard lubrastrip. In addition, it increases the lubricating surface by a whopping 80%. It is also said that in addition to keeping the skin lubricated, the Schick maintains its lubrication for at least one hour following the shave. It is designed with Vitamin E and aloe vera which help in replenishing and nourishing the skin.
This Hydro 5 is designed to be well above the competition with a further bunch of features.
First, it features skin guards. These control the flow of the skin and help in reducing friction while you shave. In addition to this, there is a unique guard bar that stretches out the skin and encourages a smooth shave.
On the current Hydro 5 razor, the guide bar has been redesigned. It is larger than it is on the models came before.
The number 5 included in the name of this razor represents the 5 razors that it features. Now it is true that the 5 blades do not necessarily mean that the unit will provide for a close shave. But all the same, the blades are one of the greatest features and strengths of this unit.
Another distinctive feature of this razor is the flip trimmer it features. This is usually designed to get to the hard to shave areas like under the nose and around the neck. As a matter of fact, this is the best razor for shaving the sensitive skin of your neck. The trimmer is easy to use. It is activated by a simple flip using the thumb.
The handle of this unit also has great ergonomics. With this handle, you have great shaving control and it fits perfectly in the hand.
The razor comes inclusive of 2 extra cartridges and they are easy to find when it is time to buy more.
There are numerous great razors for sensitive skin in the market. However, most of these are costly. Luckily, this Bic razor does not just claim it is great for sensitive skin and easily irritate skin, it gets things done. And it is cheap as well.
This is a disposable razor. That is to mean that when the blade dulls, you throw it away and grab an entirely new razor (not blade). While this unit does not feature moisturizing straps like some of the units reviewed above, it still is easy on sensitive skin. Its shaving head is slimmer than most which make it easy to reach into hard and tight areas to reach. Additionally, the head is angled which makes it easier to glide over your sensitive face.
The handle of this unit is tapered. This helps to provide you with slightly more control as you shave. The control it offers makes it perfect for newbies and beginners in the field.
It comes with two high-quality blades which help to ensure you achieve a close shave. The durability of this unit is through the roof and is praised by many.
Best Razors for Women With Sensitive Skin
Most women are not exactly ecstatic about shaving their legs. They know it has to be done, but it just not one of those things they enjoy. Why is this? Well, probably because they have to deal with a lot of contours and curves plus there is more surface to cover than the cheeks. It is for this reason that finding the perfect razor is imperative for women that have sensitive skin.
Fortunately, the Schick’s Hydro Silk is here to the rescue. It makes the shaving process easier.
Below are some factors that make this razor a great unit for women to use
- The razor features hydra boost serum activated by water. This is infused with shea butter. This serum is hypoallergenic and moisturizes your skin.
- Also noteworthy is that this unit features a curve sensing blade which follows the natural contours of the body and provides a very close shave. The cartridge has an oval and small shape which is perfect for shaving the otherwise hard to reach areas.
- The blade features a skin guard that smoothens the skin during the shave and provides extra protection.
- The handle is ergonomic and has a comfortable grip made of rubber. It is easy to control.
How To Get a Close Shave Without Irritating the Skin
Now that you know of some of the high-quality razors for men available that are great for sensitive skin, let us have a look at some techniques that will ensure you get a close shave without irritations.
Prepare The Skin With Some Hot Water
The best time to shave is after taking a hot shower. If you cannot take a shower wet a cloth with some hot water. Hot water softens hair and makes it easy to shave off. In addition to this, it helps to exfoliate the skin.
Use a Shaving Brush With a Quality Soap or Cream
One of the most important parts of getting a good result is using a high-quality shaving brush and a good cream or quality shaving soap – rather than a canister of gel full of chemicals. Check out our How to Properly Shave – 5 Tips For a Better Shaving Experience for more information.
Shave Using a Sharp Blade
This is pretty obvious, right? You stand a better chance delivering a close non-irritating shave with a sharp blade. If your blade is dull, be sure to replace it.
Shave Along The Grain
There are some instances where shaving against the grain will provide a super close shave. However, if your skin is sensitive, this could cause irritations, razor burns, and ingrown hair. As such, experts advise that you shave along the grain for the first pass and then if you wish, you could go against it.
Perfect The Technique
To perfect your technique, there are several things you need to bear in mind.
First, you should let the razor’s weight do all the work. This is especially with safety razors. With cartridge razors, you might have to apply some small bit of pressure.
Have the blade at the proper angle. For an irritation free shave, this should be about 30 degrees. Move your arm instead of the wrist as this will help in maintaining a proper and consistent angle.
Clean Your Blade Often
For people with sensitive skin, cleaning the blade regularly is imperative. Actually, this should be done with every stroke. It might increase the shaving time but the buildup of hairs and shaving cream could lead to skin irritation.
Use Moisturizing Cream
When your skin dries out, bumps and pimples may develop. As such, it is imperative that you apply a moisturizer. This will help you feel comfortable.
What About Subscription Sites?
You can also sign up at Dollar Shave Club for a monthly subscription of blades for sensitive skin.
How Did We Make Our List
The industry is full of all kinds of razors. We obviously did not have the time to go through all of them. However, our sampling method allowed us to cover more ground and gain insight on most of the units available. We also ensure we chose reputable brands to increase our chances of picking the best and keep unwanted surprises to a minimum.
And with that, our long review comes to an end. Hopefully, you found some information helpful. Use this information to add value to your grooming process.