Believe it or not, around 70% of men claim to have sensitive skin or have experienced skin sensitivity recently. Whilst us men have got different life hacks or products to help us deal with sensitive skin, shaving is by far the most skin aggravating grooming exercise a guy can do.
Whilst the popularity of the beard and reduced work pressures to be clean-shaven are helping us guys to avoid putting our skin through this shaving stress, there’s no way that you can avoid shaving all together. Think weddings, graduations or other formal occasions that drive men to pick up the razor.
As 7 out of 10 men has sensitive skin and experience skin sensitivity when shaving, it’s important to be using the right products when it comes to shaving. The product that causes the most skin sensitivity when shaving has to be the razor and should be the most important product to get right to reduce skin sensitivity.
Before we pick the best razor for shaving with sensitive skin, it’s important to help understand the go to signs of sensitive skin and whether you should be considering a razor for sensitive skin.
How To Tell If You Have Sensitive Skin?
Diagnosed Medical Conditions:
Whether these are short-term medical conditions such as sun-burn or allergic reactions to long-term medical conditions such as Eczema or Rosacea, we would recommend to treat your skin as sensitive and therefore to use products for sensitive skin.
Post-Shave Skin Reactions:
If you experience extreme down to noticeable skin reactions from shaving, such as; skin bumps, rashes, pimples or skin erosion, we recommend to at-least try a razor for sensitive skin to see if these symptoms disappear when shaving.
A well-known symptom of sensitive skin, symptoms include itchiness, redness or flaking of the skin where the skin has become dry and moisture levels of the skin take a while to return normal levels. The slightest touch can feel really uncomfortable.
A common side-effect of shaving with naturally curly hair is ingrown hairs. Curly hair results in a higher incidence of ingrown hairs as the regrowing hair curls back towards the skin rather than upwards compared to straighter hairs. Ingrown hairs can be extremely painful and cause skin redness. A great tip to prevent ingrown hairs is to not cut the hairs so close.
If you suffer from any of the above, then we recommend to think of your skin as sensitive and to try a razor for sensitive skin – the Philips OneBlade QP2530 Hybrid Trimmer.
Best Razor For Sensitive Skin – Philips OneBlade Review
Whilst the Philips OneBlade is marketed as a razor for sensitive skin, it’s the perfect razor for guys with skin sensitivity.
Philips OneBlade is a new type of razor to the razor & blade market over the last 2 years. Whilst the Philips OneBlade is named a trimmer, the razor features a blade comparable to a classic razor & blade such as brands like Gillette and Wilkinson Sword.
What makes the Philips OneBlade ideal for guys with sensitive skin, is the fact that it doesn’t cut as close as a typical razor. It is often the closeness of a shave that causes skin irritation and results in skin sensitivity. A close shave can cut the top-layer of the skin, resulting in 100s of tiny shaving cuts, or the pulling action of the razor over the skin can cause friction burns or irritate the hair follicles.
Whilst a great razor for guys with sensitive skin, the product has multiple other benefits too:
- Trim, edge, and shaves any length of hair
- Up to 4 stubble combs to help you shape your facial hair (1mm, 2mm, 3mm, 5mm)
- Follows the contours of the face allowing you to effectively and comfortably trim and shave all areas of your face
- Shave wet or dry: dry or wet with foam, even in the shower (water resistant)
- Blade lasts up to 4 months
Philips OneBlade comes in varying different makes & models:
- Philips OneBlade QP2530/25 – Contains 4 stubble combs and designed for the face, RRP £45.99
- Philips OneBlade QP6520/25 – 14 length precision comb, RRP £89.99
- Philips OneBlade QP2620/25 – Designed for the face & body. Contains 3 stubble combs, 1 body comb and 2 blades; x1 for the face and x1 for the body, RRP £49.99
- Philips OneBlade QP2520/25 – Contains 3 stubble combs and designed for the face, RRP £39.99
- Philips OneBlade QP6510/25 – 12 length precision comb, RRP £74.99
Where can you buy Philips OneBlade? You can pick up the PhilipsOneBlade from many different retailers, such as Boots or Amazon. Boots is great for the OneBlade as the product is normally on promotion, plus you get your adcard points. However, Amazon is also great for getting the product at a bargain price.
Shaving Tips For Sensitive Skin:
It’s important to remember that the razor isn’t the only thing you should look at if you have sensitive skin. See our tips for shaving with sensitive skin below, as any of these areas could be where you’re going wrong.
Prepare The Skin:
Probably the most important step when it comes to shaving with sensitive skin. We recommend shaving after a shower to soften up the hairs & to prepare the skin for a shave.
Use a sensitive face wash to wash the face and hairs before you shave.
We recommend L’Oreal Men Expert Hydra Sensitive Face Wash 150ml as a great way to prepare your skin for a shave. Enriched with Birch Tree sap, a naturally derived ingredient leaving skin feeling soothed and protected.
The ultra-gentle formula is quick to foam and easy to rinse off. 100% crafted for men with sensitive skin. 0% Alcohol* (*Ethyl Alcohol) and 0% Colourant.
Always use warm water to soften your facial hairs and make them easier to cut with the razor.
Check Your Blades Regularly:
Blunt, dull blades can lead to increased skin irritation & friction when shaving. If you experience tugging or discomfort then give your blades a change to keep skin irritation low.
The Philips OneBlade blades will last you a while as they are designed to last up to 4 months. However, if you don’t want to go with the Philips OneBlade as the your razor of choice, then consider a razor that features an indicator strip that will fade to prompt you to change your blades like the Gillette Fusion5 Razor.
It’s All In The Technique:
Always use light, gentle strokes when shaving and allow the razor to do the work for you. Always shave with the grain of the hair (the direction of hair growth). We recommend not to go against the grain if you have sensitive skin, as this results in a closer shave which can result in skin irritation. See more shaving technique tips here.
Rinse Your Blade Frequently:
Rinsing the blade often throughout shaving prevents buildup on the blade edges and will help the blade to glide better, resulting in a more comfortably shave and less skin irritation.
After you’ve finished shaving, follow up with an after shave care product. We recommend NIVEA MEN Sensitive Cooling Post Shave Balm as the sensitive post-shave balm instantly calms and soothes irritated skin with a cooling sensation. With a 0% alcohol formula, it means that there is no burning sensation.
The hack to shaving when you have sensitive skin, is about using the right pre and post shaving products and not cutting the hairs too close to the skin. The closer the shave, the higher the risk of skin sensitivity.