There it is again! Red bumps!
The consequence of the hostile relationship between my beloved razor blade and my sensitive skin!
According to Dr. Diana Howard of the International Dermal Institute-
“Shaving with razor blade can not only result in razor burn, ingrown hairs and razor bumps, but it can lead to increased sensitization and inflammation that results in premature aging.”
So, how do you protect your sensitive skin given that you don’t want to keep your beard?
Two words – “Electric Shaver”.
But do they shave as precise as razor blades?Well, there is ‘good news’ and ‘bad news’!
The ‘bad news’ is ‘no’. Electric shavers are not as precise as razor blades.
The ‘good news’ is, with the high quality electric shavers, you can have 99.99% precise shaving as razor blades.
If you are a ‘Newbie’ or haven’t found your type of electric shaver yet, I am going to help you choose the perfect shaver from the 5 coolest options available in the market.
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Contents (Jump to your preferred section)
- 1 Foil or rotary shaver! Which one is the best choice for sensitive skin?
- 2 Things to consider while buying an electric shaver for sensitive skin
- 3 Top 5 Sensitive Skin Friendly Electric Shaver Reviews
- 4 Conclusion
A short overview
|Braun 790cc||Foil||4.8/5||Sonic technology, ActiveLift , 5 shaving modes, Wet & dry, smart clean, 50 min runtime|
|Philips Norelco 7300||Rotary||4.6/5||Multi-Flex head, AquaTec technology, Wet & dry, smart clean, 50 min runtime|
|Panasonic Arc5||Foil||4.6/5||multi-flex head, active shave sensor, wet & dry, multi LED display, 45 min runtime|
|Braun 5090cc||Foil||4.3/5||Smart clean, activeLift, wet&dry, LED display, 45 min run time|
|Panasonic Arc4||Foil||4.2/5||wet&dry, LCD display,Multi-Flex head,45 min run time|
Foil or rotary shaver! Which one is the best choice for sensitive skin?
If you have a sensitive skin, go for foil shavers as the blade contains a thin metal layer which is gentle towards sensitive skin.
The head of foil shavers are more four-sided in nature thus struggles with the curves of your face. However, a foil electric shaver will be much smoother and give closer shave along the cheeks and it is best suited for people who shave every day.
The biggest advantage of rotary shaver is you can get closer shaves, especially around the nose, chin, and jawline areas as rotary heads can pivot 360 and also flex inwards within the middle of all 3 rotating blades.Nevertheless, a very sensitive skin may experience irritation from rotary shavers.
Things to consider while buying an electric shaver for sensitive skin
- Wet/Dry electric shavers
I like to use my electric shaver in the shower to save time in the morning. Also, the moisture helps to soften the whiskers which makes it easier to shave.
If you have sensitive skin or acne, you may want to use gels or shaving creams before shaving. In these cases, Wet/Dry models are the available option you can use.
Shaving creams or gels are not allowed to be used with every single wet/dry model. So, you need to be careful while buying a wet/dry model.
Normally, wet/dry shaving units can withstand gels and shaving creams-although these can harm the cleaning and charging units. So, it’s required to clean your shaver before you put it in the cleaning station.
For safety reasons, wet/dry shaving models normally does not operate when plugged in as someone can try to use it in the shower.
- A good-grip for your hand
A good grip can save you from unwanted razor burn which is critical if you have a sensitive skin.
Electric shavers come in diverse shapes and sizes in the market. You need to find an electric shaver that gives you a good grip. Unless you have larger hands, many find models that are shaped like disposable razors are perfect fit for their hands.
Try the shaver on your face before buying. Make sure you can reach without much difficulty at all parts of your face including below the nose and chin area.
- Sharp blades
Sharp blade is one of the crucial trademarks of a shaver appropriate for your sensitive skin. A low-quality blade will quickly wear off which will cause pulling and tugging of your hair, and it will not shave as close as it normally would.
This will ultimately lead to more pressure being applied on your skin and will make you go over the same area several times that will cause razor burn and irritation.
- Fast motor
A fast and powerful motor shaves quicker, smoother and require lesser times of blade sliding on your skin, needs little to no pressure applied on your skin and donates to a very comfortable shaving experience.
You will certainly feel a shaver that operates at14000 cycles per minute will give you much comfort and ease with your shaving rather than a shaver that operates at 8000 cycles per minute.
- Shaver head temperature during operation
If the exterior that comes into contact with your skin gets very hot due to the friction between the inner blades and the foil, it will cause great discomfort.This is an often-neglected aspect while we choose an electric shaver.
To reduce the heat during use and also to minimize the wear of the blades you should regularly lubricate your shaver blade with an appropriate lubricant.
Top 5 Sensitive Skin Friendly Electric Shaver Reviews
This by far one of the top electric shaver for those whom have a sensitive skin. This will give you an amazing close shave without any skin irritation.
What I most like about this shaver is that It comes with the active-lift feature that moves 130 times per second, lifts your beard hair up so the two outside foils can get super close to the hair and cut it. It can get as close as .05mm! This really works well for your neck and chin area.
Its Intelligent Sonic technology uses 10,000 vibrations per minute to power through the thicker areas of your beard. It increases the power when it senses the resistance.
It has a flexible head which provides safety during a closer shave and has three shaving modes–short-eco, normal and high intensive- so that you can go really slow for your sensitive skin.
I love how well it fits in hand. It gives excellent grip for your hand allowing you to shave with water, soap, or shaving gels or creams without any slip.It is 100% waterproof and washable.
You cannot go wrong when you put your trust and the protection of your skin in the hands of an outstanding brand like Philips. For your sensitive skin, Philips has designed Norelco 7300 and it certainly lives up to the hype.
Its Dynamic Flex technology provides the most comforting and closest shave possible while avoiding irritation on your skin.
I got impressed mostly by the automated cleaning technology of the 7300. Cleaning and oiling your shaver head can be annoying at times. To avoid this annoyance, the 7300 comes with a patented Smart-Clean scheme that uses a specialized dual-filtration system to clean any hair or shaving gel from the heads.
The Smart-Clean dock not only takes care of charging but it also lubricates the shaver head after each cleaning cycle so that the shaver can function optimally.
You can easily read the digital LED display on the handle that can tell you when the battery needs to be charged or even when the shaving head needs to be changed.
Panasonic laid their best effort in developing the advanced shaving technology for the Arc5. The motor used in Arc5 is a 14,000 Cycle Per Minute linear motor drive. It allows for a multi-flex revolving head. The shaver head contains five ultra-thin blades within the foil cutting system. Blades are at a 30-degree angle to deliver the best shaving technique.
I would suggest you to go for Arc5 if you are suffering from ingrown hairs. Arc5’s multi-foil system is perfect for removing your unwanted ingrown hairs.
There are three different foils in Arc5. One is Life-tech foil which cuts the stubborn hairs that lays flat on your skin, the finishing foil will cut hairs that were initially missed, and slit foil will cut your hair or beard to the desired length.
Most incredible feature of Arc5 is its shaving sensor that monitors hair density and automatically adjusts the cutting power for exceptional comfort.
Another crafty feature that I like is the pop up trimmer included in this shaver. This will help you to accurately trim your beard, sideburns, or mustache.
‘Braun’ is one of the most respected brands when it comes to electric shavers. They are producing high-end shaving gadgets for a long time and people have faith in their products.
I can say without any doubt that Braun impressed their customers once again with their Series 5 line up. The 5090cc may look very smooth and sleek with its modern texture but it is not all about the look. This beast of a shaver can trim and shave the hardest and trickiest beard.
The 5090cc comes with Flex Motion Tec scheme which allows you to have a shaving experience without intense pressure or irritation on your skin.
You can clean, charge, and lubricate this shaver just by pressing a button. It also comes with Ultra Active Lift technology which lifts and cuts flat lying hairs from hard to reach areas.
The configuration of Panasonic ES-LA63-S Arc4 promises most of the features of a high-end product at a quite lower price. This might raise the question of its quality. Although, surprisingly most of its users praised the amazing quality and efficiency of this electric shaver.
This shaver head has 4 rows of blades made with hypo-allergenic steel. It has a powerful high-speed motor featuring dual-motor hyper performance.It can perform 56,000 cross-cutting actions per minute. The flex head helps to have smoother shaving around contours of your face.
For me the most exciting feature of Arc4 is it also comes with pop up trimmer just like Arc5, even though Arc5 costs more.
Adopting a perfect grooming style is very crucial to show yourself as the man you really are. We often get fooled by the grooming products with fake promises.
My objective for this writing was to give you an idea on how you can choose the right product for yourself. You can go for any of the products I discussed above based on your need and budget.
Finally, I would suggest you to skim through the reviews or if possible test the product for yourself before buying a particular one.
Hope your sensitive skin stay fresh. Happy Shaving!