Both men and women have to shave, at least in modern society. There are many people out there that have tough skin and seem to not have a problem, but for those who are shaving sensitive skin, this can be a problem. I’m someone that personally suffered from the problem and still do if I don’t watch myself. My neck turns into a red, bumpy irritation if I don’t take care of things.
What Triggers Sensitive Skin?
I thought about asking the question of why a person ends up with sensitive skin, but it’s harder question to answer. The triggers are a least something easier to understand and something that you as a shaver can actually sit down and control.
Let’s evaluate exactly what happens when you’re shaving. You’re taking a sharp piece of metal (doesn’t matter if it is a straight razor, disposable razor or even an electric shaver) and you’re rubbing this closely across your skin to cut the hair. The hair is cut, but most likely your skin is cut too, through a scrapping action.
As the razor scrapes through hair it pulls on the skin. The cut hair is actually cleanly cut, sharp and can poke at your skin.
This should illustrate simply that the act of shaving itself can be pretty rough on your skin and cause the irritation you may be experiencing. But there are other little things that can cause problems. Think of fragrance and your skin reacting to it. You don’t necessarily have to be allergic to have a reaction. This means the type of aftershave or shaving cream could be causing your sensitive skin to react.
Best Shaver for Shaving Sensitive Skin
This is the important question that needs to be answered. As I illustrated above the act of rubbing the razor across your face is enough to irritate your skin, with certain skin types. I’ve actually experimented a lot with this to try and get the right idea about what works.
From my experimenting, I’ve noticed the electric shaver is best for shaving sensitive skin. I tried safety razors, disposable razors, straight blades and this is the one that came out ahead. I believe the big reason for this is that electric shavers come with a protective barrier between the razors and your skin. Think about all the other options: the blades always touch the face.
Electric shavers are automated machines that require safety built in to prevent someone from cutting themselves. The technology developed to provide this safety is a metal mesh in front of the blades. The mesh netting allows the shaver to catch hair, but there is also a net between your skin and the blades. This means there is no actual touching.
That’s not to say electric shavers are everything when it comes to sensitive skin, but from a razor point of view they are the least likely to irritate the skin.
What is the best electric shaver for men with sensitive skin?
I had the chance to use many, but I have to say that the best one I ran across was the Panasonic ES8228S Foil Shaver. It doesn’t look the most advanced in anyway, but it is definitely the best I ran across. It has a pivoting a head, provides a close shave and I haven’t experienced the sensitive skin problems I have in the past.
I think what is appealing for a lot of people is that it is a high quality electric shaver, but the price tag isn’t that high compared to the competition. I suggest you check out some of the reviews for it on Amazon to see what others have been saying about it.
What is the best electric shaver for women with sensitive skin?
I had my girlfriend test this out and test a few things out. Well, she also returned to the Panasonic brand as an excellent option. She liked the Panasonic ES2216PC close curves wet & dry shaver for ladies. It even came with a bikini area attachment.
I think the big reason she liked this particular electric shaver was that it was completely inexpensive. If you really think about how many disposable razors you go through in a year, it more than pays for itself… if you’re the frugal type. Again, check out the reviews on Amazon and see if this is something that you’ll like to use.
What are other things I can do?
There are plenty of other things that you can do beyond the actual shaver itself. Remember when I described the blade sliding across your face? Well, shaving cream (or soap) has a purpose. It acts as a lubricant. The idea is that a very fine layer of cream is between your skin and the blade of the shaver that you’re using.
This means as you’re pulling the razor across your face you’re actually not touching the skin. It’s gliding on top of the lubricant that is in the shaving cream. This particular page has become quite long, so instead of breaking into this topic I have a separate article on the best shaving cream. Check that out when you have a little time to dissect it.
Traditional shaving cream isn’t the only thing that you can put on your face. This is honestly something I didn’t figure out until I was somewhere into my later 20’s.
If you’re not aware, shaving cream is a relatively new product. Cream wasn’t always the standard. Shaving soap used to be the big item. You’ve probably seen it used by cowboys in the movie. They have a brush and lather it on their face. Again, this is a whole other topic that you can read about in another article.
Lastly, there is something called shaving gel. It is a new product similar to shaving cream except that this is clear and more oil based. The whole point of the gel is to create the lubricant for gliding the blade. This can be viewed in another article.
What about Aftershave?
This is probably one of my more neglected areas of shaving. I’m usually in such a hurry in the morning that I don’t always have the time to give skin the care it needs. We’ve established that the act of shaving is pretty rough on the skin and I illustrated some methods to help reduce the irritation, but taking care of the skin afterwards is important too.
The most important thing to understand about aftershave is that it should have no fragrance at all. Fragrance is the most likely reason for your skin to get irritated. The other thing you want to avoid is alcohol. Many aftershaves have alcohol because it disinfects the skin, but it also dries it out.
I’ve spent a little more time on the subject of shaving sensitive skin, pointing out specific products that can help, so take a look at that.
Well, I’ve discussed many points in this long article and I think it’s time to sum it all up. For a person to truly understand why sensitive skin problems happen, they need to understand the act of shaving and what is happening. From this we can tell what the important things are to avoid or limit.
The first thing to avoid is direct contact with razor blade and your skin. I went through testing on this and I found the electric shaver is the best option for this. In fact, I pointed out the best electric shavers for sensitive skin (men and women), so definitely consider these options.
The second thing to consider when shaving sensitive skin, is using shaving cream, soap or gel to lubricate the skin and also reduce the contact between skin and razor blade.
Lastly, you want to consider your after shaving time to be time to care for your skin. Think of the aftershave you use and the fragrances that they contain. This can easily cause irritation. Also try to use products with limited alcohol as this can dry out the skin and make it hard to repair itself.