This post was most recently updated on August 17th, 2019
Are you starting to get that itch on your face? Your chin? Below your nose? It just means you’re old enough to start shaving!
As an adult, I can tell you for sure that being one increases the number of hygienic practices that you need to do or at least consider. For men (and some women), that’s shaving!
Shaving can be particularly difficult especially if you have sensitive skin. Getting a top-of-the-line razor just might be the tool that you need! And this is why I am gonna review Best Razors for Sensitive Skin.
Additionally, I am here to help you. In this article, we’ll answer questions such as:
- How you can shave properly if you have sensitive skin?
- Which razor works best for sensitive skin?
- What do you look for when buying a razor?
- How do you treat razor burns?
- What do you need to have before you start shaving?
Experienced shavers, this one’s for you, too. You just might learn a thing or two on how you can upgrade your shaving experience.
Let’s dive right in, shall we?
Who knows? You just might find the best shaving razor for sensitive skin that’s perfect for you.
Much like any “for the boys only” tasks that you can think of, you have to have the basic equipment on hand first.
So, what do you need before you can start shaving?
- Hair. This one’s a giveaway but it’s still very important to mention either way. If you’re new to this, ask your father or brother first before you attempt shaving for the first time. More importantly, ask yourself – Should I start shaving now? Only shave when you have enough hair to shave off and if you have the confidence to do so since you’ll be dealing with sharp blades.
- Shaving cream or shaving gel. I would highly recommend that you use this if you have sensitive skin. The shaving cream or gel helps protect your skin while you shave your hair which reduces the likeliness of getting yourself nicked.
- The razor you’ll need for sensitive skin. You can find razors in just about any drugstore in your area. You’ll be met with two types of razors, and here’s a brief description of each:
- Disposable Razors – also known as manual razors; these type of razors have blades stacked on top of each other.
- Electric Razors – these types of razors are more convenient to use because of the automatic nature it has. It’s also usually the safer choice when choosing razors.
Of course, We won’t leave you with that. We’re going to help you narrow down your options when choosing the best razor for sensitive skin.
10 Best Razors for Sensitive Skin
Taking the number one spot on our list is this masterpiece of a razor-the Merkur Classic 2-Piece Double Edge Safety Razor! Also known as Merkur 34C, this razor is the pioneer of human shaving for me. This safety razor is probably one of the best for sensitive skin!
- Merkur, the manufacturer of this razor, has been making razors since 1896. With over a century of experience, I think it’s safe to say that they’ve mastered the art of razor designing and manufacturing.
- It’s heavy. For new shavers, this might be a good thing. Also, it’s durable and sturdy.
- Double edge safety razor. These blades are universal and standard. You’ll have no trouble looking for it, and it’s very effective for shaving.
- The unique two-piece design allows for an extremely close and irritation-free shave.
- Handle options. You can get this with Knurled, Barber-pole, or the classic smooth stainless handle.
- Brand: Merkur
- Model: 34C
- Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Size: 2x4x4 inches
- It doesn’t provide an aggressive shave – great for people with sensitive skin.
- Heavy and compact. It doesn’t take much effort to shave using this.
- It’s good for beginners.
- It has good blade alignment and angle.
- Optimal for wet shaving.
- Short Handle. The handle might not provide a good grip for you, causing imbalance when shaving.
- It’s a wiggly razor
. Slipperyhandle due to knurling surface.
Coming in second place is the beautifully designed and arguably my personal best shaving razor for sensitive skin, the AS-D2 Stainless Steel Double-Edge Model from Feather.
The Feather AS-D2 offers great control and a close shave. I’ve personally used this before for about 6 months and each stroke with this razor is just a breeze; always left me with a clean shave with soft and smooth skin.
It’s one of those cases when you just have to feel it for yourself for you to know what I’m talking about.
- Stainless steel etched handle.
- Durable razor head made of stainless steel.
- Stainless steel Feather double edge blade.
- The overall build is very durable. This one is sure to last, as did mine.
- Good for sensitive skin. The Feather Double Edge Blade provides a smooth feel when shaving.
- Provides a close shave.
- Heavy. It might take some getting used to- the stainless steel body makes it particularly heavy but manageable with enough practice.
Next on the list is another one from Merkur- the Merkur Progress Razor.
The Merkur Progress is similar to the Merkur 34C in some aspects. What Merkur Progress adds to the table is the added options or choices on the intensity of your shave. To some, this means convenience. To others, however, it’s just added complexity.
The Merkur Progress gives you the options to control the gap between the blade and the safety bar. You can adjust this by turning the knob at the bottom of the razor. The knob runs from 1 to 5.
I personally find this to be very useful because there are times that I want to have a clean shave and there are times when I just want to trip my beard, or just make it look rough and rugged.
The added adjustability also makes the razor versatile. You can use different settings on different areas that you want to shave.
I think Merkur Progress has succeeded in giving the user that option.
- Provides irritation-free shaving.
- Adjustable blade to safety bar gap. Adjust the knob from 1 to 5. 5 being the most aggressive and has the largest gap, while 1 has a narrow and mild gap.
- Versatile. It’s an all-in-one razor because you can use this razor to shave off hair from any part of your body thanks to its adjustability.
- Brand: Merkur
- Model: Progress
- Weight: 3.17 ounces (3.6 ounces for the one with the long handle)
- Size: 4.8×1.8×1 inches
- Adjustable features give you a lot of choices for shaving.
- Great for beginners because it allows them to try different types of gap length.
- The settings can be very inconsistent if the razor is poorly taken care of.
04. Merkur Futur
In fourth place, comes the Merkur Futur. The Merkur Futur is very similar to the Merkur Progress.
In fact, the Merkur Futur also has the feature to adjust the blade gaps. Not just from 1 to 5, but from 1 to 6 – going a step further from the Merkur Progress.
The Merkur Futur, unfortunately, sits right under the Merkur Progress because with added gap length settings, comes the possible added complexity and inconsistency.
Nonetheless, it still provides a fourth-place worthy shave. You just have to get used to the extra options and the thought that settings 4 to 6 are hard to tell apart.
So what are the key features of the Merkur Futur?
- The blade, body, size, feel, and quality of the shave is still noticeably from Merkur.
- The blade’s gap from the safety bar can be adjusted from 1 to 6, providing versatility and adaptability.
- Straight-bar head design
- Brand: Merkur
- Model: Futur
- Weight: 4.4 ounces
- Size: 6x5x4 inches
- The build. You can really tell that this one is sturdy even just by looking at it.
- The weight. The 4.4 oz razor is good for veteran shavers who know exactly what they’re doing. It comes to a point that your shaving experience becomes effortless when you let gravity and your razor’s weight do the work.
- Not for new shavers. Because of its heavy weight, beginners might have a hard time shaving when they use this.
- Changing the blades. Changing the blades of this particular model from Merkur can be very tricky. Be alert and attentive when you’re changing blades.
Yes, you read that right – this one’s electric.
The Braun 7865cc Electric Shaver is the only electric shaver that made it into this list. The convenience and quality shave that it provides its users is the majority of the reasons why people go for the Braun Electric Shaver.
The Braun 7865cc Electric Shaver features:
- Intelligent technology allows the shaver to capture more hair in one singular stroke.
- Four synchronized shaving elements make this shaver powerful yet gentle.
- Skin-friendly precision trimmer. You can shave the hard to reach areas with ease.
I talked about convenience earlier.
The Braun 7865cc Electric Shaver is convenient because:
- It’s automatic. Now, because it’s an electric shaver, you’re not the one doing the hard work… the shaver is! No need to worry about accidentally scratching yourself because this shaver is more precise and also includes a guard- pretty much a staple when it comes to electric shavers nowadays.
- It takes less preparation. All you really need to do is plug it in and use it.
- It’s waterproof. Like to shave dry? That’s okay. Wet shaving? NO PROBLEM. It’s also very easy to wash; no need to worry about electrocuting yourself when the device accidentally gets wet.
- Brand: Braun
- Model: Series 7
- Weight: 1.96 pounds
- 6.2×6.2 x 9.9 inches
- Waterproof. You can even use it in the shower, how awesome is that?
- Portable. Tuck it away in its small bag (included in the package) with the cord and all, and you’re good to go. Take it with you everywhere you go.
- Long lasting. This electric shaver can last for years and the quality of the shave that you get doesn’t degrade at all. My personal Braun 7865cc Electric Shaver is still working up to this day and I still take it with me when I travel.
- Without proper care, it can get to a point when you need shaving cream if you want to shave dry, which kind of defeats the purpose of it being electric.
Coming in sixth is from Schick – the Schick Hydro 5 Sense Razor.
This razor is designed to give its users a personalized shave. How does it do this exactly?
- Shock Absorb technology. The razor adds pressure when you lack it and lets you take control if you want it to.
- 5 blades. It’s hard not to reach a spot with this amount of blades.
- Instant protection. The gel strip on top of the stack of blades provides instant lubricating protection when you shave.
- Skin guard. Each of the blades is attached with skin guard technology which permits you to control the skin flow and reduce irritation.
- Brand: Schick
- Model: Hydro 5 Sense
- Weight: 0.96 ounces
- Size: 1.5×3.6 x 7.8 inches
- Good for sensitive skin. With the shock absorb technology and skin guard technology, the Hydro 5 Sense takes really good care of the skin.
- Long lasting. The number of blades attached doesn’t reflect the decay of the product.
- Good for beginners. It’s very easy to learn how to shave when you use this because the shock absorb technology does most of the work for you.
- Gel Strip. Be prepared to replace the gel strip often because this one runs out a little too quickly.
- Feels a bit Flimsy. Handle with care, this razor can be pretty soft. Always check if the shock absorber still works before working.
Another one from Schick, a close relative of the sixth razor- the Schick Hydro 5 Disposable Razor.
There isn’t much of a difference when you compare this to the Hydro 5 Sense. So let’s get down to talking about this product.
What does this Schick Hydro 5 Disposable Razor bring to the table?
- Disposable. There’s a significant difference in its price and it provides a very close comparison to a non-disposable Schick product.
- Yes, it still has 5 blades and skin guard.
- This is the only razor with a flip trimmer.
- Brand: Schick
- Model: Hydro 5
- Weight: 0.96 ounces
- Size: 1.5 x 3.8 x 7.8 inches
- Provides the quality shave that a non-disposable product would.
- Travel-friendly. The body is very lightweight, making it convenient for travels.
- Comfortable grip. The grip feels natural and instinctive. I easily got used to it when I tried it.
- Lesser gel strip. This is to be expected as this is, after all, a disposable razor.
- Fragile build. I won’t recommend this to people with a strong grip. The razor itself can be pretty brittle.
Sitting on the eighth place is the Schick Hydro 5 Razor.
The Schick Hydro 5 Razor has a few key differences when compared to the two aforementioned Schick products. Those are:
- UltraGlide blades. These are specially engineered blades for shaving and it’s supposed to reduce irritation when being used.
- Skin guard is still present in this razor from Schick.
- Water activated skin conditioner. Not to be confused with the gel strip, this is entirely different. This Schick Hydro 5 Razor has a reservoir of conditioner that lasts for a significantly long time. When I tried it myself, I felt the effect of the water activated skin conditioner until my 4th shave, which, for me, was pretty impressive.
- Brand: Schick
- Model: Hydro 5
- Weight: 2.08 ounces
- Size: 6x5x4 inches
- Ergonomic. The weight, size, shape, and grip of the Schick Hydro 5 Razor feel really good if you’re going to use it to shave your body hair.
- Razor pivot. There is enough pivot to reach the hard to reach areas.
- Big shaving surface area. It might be hard or even dangerous to shave small areas with this one.
- Expensive cartridges.
- Big and bulky. The entire razor is quite a handful and can be difficult for new shavers.
Coming in ninth place is Gillette’s first entry in the list- the Gillette MACH3 Sensitive Disposable Razor.
Dubbed by Gillette as their best disposable razor, the Gillette MACH3 Sensitive Disposable Razor has three blades, all of which are positioned in such a way that they all extend gradually closer.
What can Gillette MACH3 Sensitive Disposable Razor offer its users?
- Patented Diamond Like Coating (DLC) surrounds the blades for a much stronger and sharper finish.
- Open Architecture. The razor is designed in such a way that makes it easy to wash or rinse.
- Lubrastrip. This is a lubrication strip positioned near the blades which activate when you shave. It also helps protect your skin from the blades and it helps your skin feel less irritated.
- The grip provides good control for a pleasant and smooth shaving experience.
- Good blade alignment and angle gives the user a smooth finish.
- Doesn’t provide a clean shave. It’s always a bother to have to go through the same spot again and again just because the blades aren’t doing their job well.
- Not for wet shaving. The handle tends to be very slippery when it’s wet thus, making it challenging to handle during wet shaving.
In the tenth place is the Bic Metal Disposable Razor.
The very first entry of Bic in this list of ten is their Metal Disposable Razor. This razor made it into the list because it is:
- TSA approved. Take it with you on your trips because you should and you definitely can.
- The number. With 10 Bic Metal Disposable Razor in one pack, you’ll never find yourself looking buying another in quite some time.
- Resealable pack. Can’t go wrong with resealable packs.
- Fixed and narrow head for precision shaving.
- Long handles for better grip and control.
- Brand: Bic
- Model: Bic Metal
- Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Easy to hold. Thanks to its long handle, precision control shaving is easy with this razor.
- Durable. This razor lasts for a long time. Just keep the blades in check.
- The blades are questionable. Replace it often so you won’t get nicks and scars.
Now That You Know Our Top Picks
Do you know what razor you want? Still confused?
Well, do you know what you need to look for when picking the best razor for sensitive skin to buy?
Let us help you!
What Features Do You Need to Have for Your Razor?
01. The Number Of Blades
- The number of blades on your razor actually mean something and it’s not just for aesthetic or to look cool.
- A general rule of thumb: the more blades there are, the closer your shave will be.
02. A Razor That Actually Helps You Shave
- What I mean is that you need a razor that actually moves with you. Because we’re only human, no one can shave perfectly – but, we must also admit that we’ll have a better shave if the razor itself can help us.
- Remember: when the blades are stiff and stationary, you’re more likely to cut yourself
03. A Lubricant Is Very Important
- You can’t be too careful! Always use shaving cream to protect your skin from the friction.
- For additional protection, look for a razor with lubricant. Additionally, a lubricant strip can go a long way in protecting your skin from burns, nicks, and unwanted scratches.
04. Go For Safety Razors
- Remember what I said about being too careful and how there is no such thing? Yeah, get yourself an, even more, safer shaving experience. Choose the appropriate razor that’s suitable to your facial hair.
05. A Price Is Just A Number
- Always remember that a high price doesn’t equate to a better shave.
- Always check for the specs of the razor and don’t just base your decisions on the price.
- You can get a good shave from a cheap razor and a bad shave on an expensive razor.
06. The Razor Handle
- When choosing a razor, make sure that the handle feels right on your hands. After all, you’ll be holding the razor the entire time you’ll be using it. So better make it comfortable.
- Keep in mind that a good grip on your razor can make the difference. A bad razor can be good in the hands of a precision shaver.
Moving Forward to Get a Better Shaving Experience
Now it’s time for you to know how to shave properly when you have sensitive skin.
But to give you an overview, here are some tips that can help you have a better shaving experience if you have sensitive skin:
01. Wash The Area That You’re Going To Shave With Warm Water
- Warm water opens your pores. When your pores are open, you’re less likely to get irritated and hurt when you shave.
- If you can, take a hot shower.
02. Rinse Off With Cold Water
- If warm water opens your pores, cold water closes them in the very same way.
- Closing your pores after you shave can reduce the likelihood of you getting infections or pimples.
- Closing your pores also prevent any bacteria from entering them.
- If cold water isn’t enough, you can always use an aftershave solution to rinse. The effects are fundamentally the same with only a few differences.
03. Invest In A Good Shaving Cream
- In addition to investing in a really good razor for yourself, you should also consider investing in a good shaving cream.
- Consider it the peanut butter and jelly sandwich of shaving. Because it isn’t really complete without one or the other!
- Shaving cream adds a layer of lubricative protection to your skin when you shave. So find yourself a good one and shaving should be easier for you.
- Be careful not to buy a bad one as that can cause infections to your face or the area that you are going to shave.
04. The Direction Of Your Shave
- DO NOT shave against the direction of your hair.
- Doing so can easily cause ingrown hair and nicks. Nobody wants that- I know I don’t.
05. Gentle Facial Soap
- In addition to applying shaving cream after you wash your face with warm water, consider washing your face with a gentle facial soap.
- This allows your face to be extra smooth when you start shaving.
06. Use A Sharp Blade
- Don’t let the word “sharp” scare you.
- As a matter of fact, most cuts are caused by bad blades. Blades that aren’t sharp tend to somewhat pull and tug on your skin, which causes cuts on your skin.
07. Safety Razor
- In addition to using a sharp blade, you might want to consider using the best safety razor for sensitive skin you can find, especially if you’re new to shaving.
- Safety razors won’t irritate your skin as much as a multi-bladed razor could and would.
- Remember: less blades, less irritation.
08. Don’t Rush
- Shaving isn’t a race and no one’s really keeping track of the time. Take your time when you shave.
- Be gentle and avoid being too impatient. Cuts and nicks start with impatience.
- Let the best men’s razor for sensitive skin do the work for you.
09. Don’t Push Too Hard
- Razors are meant to be held lightly to prevent cuts and burns.
- Handle the razor gently, softly push it against your face, and slowly slide it to the direction of your grain.
- Don’t apply too much pressure.
Frequently Asked Questions on Shaving
01. Are Shaving Creams A Necessity?
- No, but it’s highly recommended especially if you’re new to shaving. Especially for beginners, shaving creams are necessary for the prevention of nicks and cuts.
02. How do I prevent razor cuts, nicks, bumps, and burns?
- You need to take good care of your skin. It’s not a one-time thing and it will never be. Wash your face daily, exfoliate, observe the safety measures when shaving-use shaving cream, use a razor with lubricant strips, change your razor blades before they go bad, find the best razor for sensitive skin that’s compatible to your shaving preferences, don’t apply too much pressure, and use a moisturizer.
- If you have sensitive skin, consider using the best men’s razor for sensitive skin.
03. Why Do I Keep Getting Razor Burns After I Shave?
- You’re not being careful enough when you shave. Try to warm up your skin before shaving and don’t be too harsh – let the razor do the work for you, Also, don’t rush. Shaving is a slow and careful process, there’s no benefit in rushing it.
- Another possible answer is that you’re allergic to some of the products that you use. It could be the type of razor blade that you use, your shaving cream, lubricant strip, soap, or maybe even your water. Consult your doctor if the problem persists.
04. Can I Shave Against My Grain?
- Sure, you can! But we won’t advise this to new shavers as this can easily cause razor cuts. Some shavers shave against their grain to get the closest and cleanest shave possible.
- If you want to achieve a clean and close shave without shaving against the grain, you can try and find a razor that suits your needs. Review the suggested razors above for help.
- It’s always safer to shave on your grain.
05. When Is The Best Time To Shave?
- There really isn’t an “exact time” to shave, per se. It’s about your skin’s need for shaving.
- Don’t shave if your skin isn’t ready yet.
- Make sure to practice the safety precautions to prevent razor burns and cuts.
06. Will Shaving Cause My Hair To Grow Darker And Thicker?
- The simple answer is NO. That statement is just a myth.
- Your hair can grow darker and thicker, however, this isn’t caused by shaving. But it could be caused by other external factors that might involve shaving.
- Again, SHAVING ALONE doesn’t cause your hair to grow darker and thicker.
Shaving is an art and it should be treated like so.
There is always a way to make your shaving experience safer, smoother, cleaner, and overall better.
To wrap things up, I want to give a special mention to the razors who, I think, are the:
- Best Choice for you when all the factors are accounted for.
- Premium Pick for those who would like to go the extra mile.
- Best Value for those who are trying to keep things in control, money-wise.
The Best Choice for me would have to be the Merkur Classic Double Edge Safety Razor.
Taking into account all of the mentioned razors earlier, this safety razor from Merkur beats them all. Considering its price, quality of shave, weight, safety razor feature, this exceeds all of the others, making this the best razor for sensitive skin.
The weight and compactness of this razor make it very user-friendly, both to new shavers and the veterans. It’s optimal for wet shaving, which is what most of us do anyway.
The blade alignment and angle is very easy to get a hold of and it just fits on your face and body perfectly. Definitely the best men’s razor for sensitive skin for me.
My choice for the Premium Pick would have to be the Braun 7865cc Electric Shaver.
For quite the sum of money, you can get the best of the best shaving experience from the Braun 7865cc Electric Shaver. It functions even more than that any razor could.
It has taken the phrase “let the razor do the work for you” to new heights. Just thinking about the convenience that this electric shaver has brought to me makes me want to shave right now.
It uses intelligent technology to make each stroke more efficient for you and the shaver, saving a lot of your time and effort – and that matters to me a lot.
It’s waterproof and electric – can’t name a better pair than that. It’s very powerful, yet very gentle when it comes to shaving. You can easily integrate it with your travels, it’s safe to use anytime.
This is the premium upgrade to your shaving experience. You won’t be asking for anything else once you have this.
Last but not least, my Best Value pick is the Hydro 5 Disposable Razor from Schick.
Why? It’s because, for a relatively small amount of money, you can get the same quality shave from a razor that costs 5 times more.
It’s a cheap and disposable razor with 5 blades, skin guard feature, and a flip trimmer (the only one with it, as a matter of fact), and a lubricating strip.
To add a cherry to your sundae, this razor is a great razor-to-go if you’re traveling. Lastly, the grip is natural and instinctive.