When it comes to shaving, it can feel like you have exhausted every single option and read every single guide online to figure out what razor will work with sensitive skin.
In order to help our fellow men out, reviewed the very best razors for sensitive skin in 2019. Based on our research we found the following to be best in their respective category:
- Cartridge Razors – Gillette Mach 3
- Safety Razors – Merkur 37C Slant Bar
- Electric Razor – Braun Series 9
While we will go to great lengths to talk about the best razors for sensitive skin, we also want to cover why your current razor is failing you, if you should invest in an electric razor (after all they are extraordinarily convenient), along with a few key secret shaving tips that men rely on for a supremely comfortable shave.
Best Razors For Sensitive Skin In 2019 Reviewed
1. Safety Razor For Sensitive Skin
Merkur-Razor Safety Razor 37c Chrome with Slant...
As we recently broke out all the popular safety razors on the market in this post, when it comes to sensitive skin, we must evaluate things a bit differently.
One of the biggest factors when deciding on a safety razor for sensitive skin is the aggressiveness of the head.
Depending on the blade exposure of the head can have a marginal impact on the overall comfort on your shave and ultimately your skin.
If you have never used a safety razor before, we normally recommend a Merkur 23C for most men.
But here’s the deal:
You don’t have skin like most men, therefore you need a safety razor that has been designed from the ground up for your sensitive skin.
While the Merkur 23C makes a fine choice for men who are coming from a cartridge razor background and are looking for a tool that is very familiar with what they have been working with, instead what we would recommend for men with overly sensitive skin is the Merkur 37C.
Simply known as the Merkur Slant Bar by most wet shave enthusiasts, the Merkur 37C, is the perfect safety razor for men with sensitive skin, here’s why:
First and foremost, the handle on this particular razor is very close in length to those found on most cartridge razors (3.3”). This makes it very familiar feeling when you go to do your morning shave.
What’s more though is its weight.
Weighing in at a hefty 2.7oz (or 77g for the international folks reading this), this razor strikes the perfect balance when it comes to weight vs. function.
While we mentioned briefly before, when using a safety razor, it’s important to let the weight of the razor itself do the work for you.
Therefore, whether you have thick and coarse whiskers or those that tend to be a bit thinner, a newly loaded razor blade on the end of the Merkur 37C will cut through the hair follicles like butter.
So, why does this matter?
A clean cut on the whiskers means that it takes less passes to achieve the same results.
Therefore, if you have sensitive skin, this means you aren’t scraping a razor blade over your face multiple times, ultimately increasing the comfort of your shave.
But it gets better:
The slant head on this particular razor is extremely unorthodoxed when compared to nearly all other safety razors.
Instead of cutting a hair straight on, the Merkur 37C cuts the follicle that is more akin to a scythe (diagonal motion).
Therefore when making a cut, the 37C won’t accidentally pull out your hair should you be using a razor blade that is a few days old.
Where Can You Purchase The Merkur 37C?
While we wish safety razors were a bit more widely distributed in brick-and-mortar shops, the reality is that they aren’t.
Therefore, your next best bet would be to visit online retailers like Amazon as they have a surprisingly in-depth array of shaving products that are ready to serve novices to experts.
2. Razor Blades For Sensitive Skin
Double Edge Razor Blade/Safety Razor Blade Variety...
So get this:
We would like nothing better than to recommend one razor blade brand to you and call it a day.
But unfortunately this would not only be a disservice to you, but it would also destroy our credibility as well.
Here’s the dead truth when it comes to razor blades and sensitive skin:
It differs for every single man – even if you are using the Merkur 37C.
While some men swear by their Feather blades and others by their Shark or Gillette Silver Blues, the simple fact remains:
Every man’s skin and hair is different.
Therefore, recommending one single blade to you may work for 3 out every 10 men, but the other 7 are left in the cold.
In order to determine the best DE razor blade for your sensitive skin, we would strongly suggest that you invest in a sampler pack.
Often found at online retailers like Amazon, you can usually pick up a sampler pack for less than 20 bucks.
Seriously, if you decided to invest in a safety razor and just plan on testing out the couple of blades they give you when you purchase the razor – don’t.
You will be happy you decided to invest the couple extra bucks to try out a sampler pack to find the absolute best razor blade that works for YOUR skin.
3. Cartridge Razor For Sensitive Skin
Gillette Mach3 Men's Razor, Handle & 1 Blade...
With so many options out there that exist in the market, it can be a bit tricky to say the least in order to decide on a cartridge razor that works beautifully with your sensitive skin.
From the Gillette Fusion ProGlide and Schick Hydro’s 5 blade system to the Dorco Pace’s 7 blade razor system (yes you read that right – 7 blades), which one will work the absolute best for your skin?
While it would seem like it would be best to recommend one of these advanced cartridge-based systems, we instead would recommend that you go with the Mach 3.
The Mach 3 is considered one of the best cartridge razors in existence.
It’s 3 blades not only achieve an insanely close shave, but also shouldn’t irritate your skin when you go to make the pass.
From the countless reviews you can read at online retailers to forums like The Shave Den and Badger & Blade, the Mach 3 is held in the highest regard when it comes to cartridge razors.
Therefore, if you have sensitive skin, it’s worth investing in this tried and true razor system in order to get a close shave that won’t leave you in pain long after you make the last pass with the razor blade.
4. Electric Razor For Sensitive Skin
Braun Series 9-9095cc Wet and Dry Foil Shaver for...
When it comes to finding the best electric razors for sensitive skin, the Braun Series 9 (specifically the 9095cc) is unequivocally the best option out there for you.
Not only will this foil head provide a much closer shave that is akin to either a cartridge or safety razor, but it can also perform in a wet environment as well.
This will help to ensure that your follicles remain soft throughout the duration of your shave when a thick and rich lather of shave cream is applied beforehand.
But it gets better…
While shaving in a wet environment is key for any electric razor to work wonders on a man with sensitive skin, the best part about the Braun Series 9 is that it also houses a self-cleaning system.
Therefore, if you suffer from post shave irritation the cleaning system for this razor will ensure that its free of remnants from the previous days shave.
Lastly, given the portable nature of electric razors, a single charge of this device should last you for 50 minutes – enough to likely last for an entire vacation!