Best Razor for Sensitive Skin Reviews for Women

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Oct 03
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What do you want from a razor? A close shave, smooth, radiant skin? Absolutely. And definitely you do not want to see razor burn, dry patches and in-grown hairs. This really shouldn't be a problem. It's just a case of choosing the right razor. And there is a lot of choice! But we've tried out a lot razors, and have come up with a review of the best razor for sensitive skin for women.  

The Best 3 Razors for Sensitive Skin

Really you have a choice between the two main brands; Schick and Gillette. Each has a huge range of different types of razors. Refillable, built in shave gel razors, disposable razors, razors for dry skin, razors for sensitive skin, scented razors...the list goes on and on. To save you a lot of time and money, we'd recommend you go for one of our top three! Each one delivers a great shave for sensitive skin. 

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Schick Hydro Silk Sensitive Skin Razor for Women with 2 Moisturizing...
  • HYDRATES & HELPS PROTECT YOUR SENSITIVE SKIN AGAINST IRRITATION during...
  • HYPO-ALLERGENIC MOISTURIZING SERUM infused with shea butter to help protect...
  • FIVE CURVE SENSING BLADES with unique skin guards to smooth skin throughout...
Gillette Venus Razor and Refill
  • 2X more moisture strips, with a touch of botanical oils, for added glide*...
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Gillette Venus Women's Sensitive 3 Blades,6 Disposable...
  • Feel up to 0% irritation & 100% smooth skin (US Consumer Study, Feb. 2018)
  • Skin Elixir lubrastrip releases a perfect dose of protection you can feel...
  • 3 Curve-hugging blades for a smooth shave

Why Buy a Razor for Sensitive Skin? 

I, like a lot of my friends, have tried all the many and varied methods to remove hair. From the OUCH of waxing, and the OUCH OUCH OUCH of epilating (really, just don't!) to the STINK of hair removal cream to shaving. Just shaving. It started for me by "borrowing" my dad's razor as a teen and aside from unsuccessful dalliances with other hair removal methods, I've been a loyal shave for more years than I'd care to admit. It works. It doesn't hurt. It travels with me. It's cheap, easy, convenient and gives me smooth results.

There is a but though. If like me, your skin is a little sensitive, you will need a razor that takes this into consideration and gives your legs a little extra care along the way. If you get the right razor, shaving will give you smooth silky rash-free results every time. Perfect. 

  • Sensitive skin needs a sensitive razor. I'm the type of person who gets a rash on my legs if I change my washing detergent to a non-sensitive brand! And the same applies with my razor. I can stick to the same brand, but get a regular model and I will guarantee you I'll get razor burn. Not the look I want, and it hurts too! 
  • A women's razor is a must: I've heard so many of my friends say that you may as well buy a men's razor if you're going to shave. NO! For one thing the heads are designed for a man's face. Do your legs have the same curves and corners as this? Do you have the same hair density? Of course not. You need a razor that's designed for you, your legs and any other zone you wish to shave. And women's razors are. With their specially shaped heads, handles designed to ergonomically fit with a woman's hand they will give you the best and closest shave.  

Remember. One of the reasons many of us go for shaving over waxing and epilating is that we don't want the pain. So don't let a bad razor fool you into thinking that shaving hurts. A razor for sensitive skin will give you a silky pain free finish. No cuts, rashes or burns. 

What to Look Out for When Buying a Razor for Sensitive Skin

So let's talk razors. There's a lot to talk about! 

  • Refillable: This means you buy a razor, usually it comes with at least 3 blades (or cartridges). When the blade is getting dull, you replace the blade but keep the unit. They're built to last, and often cost more than disposables. But I think you get what you pay for. 
  • Disposable Razors: Sold in packs for 3, 5 or more. These razors are usually a cheaper option. When the blade is dull, you just throw the whole thing away and go for a totally new razor. A lot of the big razors brands (Venus and Schick) also sell disposable razors. They may even have I'd call it a "lite" version of each product category. So you can get Sensitive Disposable Razors. And while these may not give you exactly as good a shave as the refillables, they do offer a great shave at a lower price. 
  • Built-In Shave Gel Razors: These come with blades with build in shave gel bars. So you don't need to buy shaving cream. When they get wet the bars produce a light lather. A two in one! 
  • Bikini Trimmers: A word on this. Most razors are designed in terms of their head size and shape to be able to shave really well into the contours of a woman's body. So under arm and bikini line no problem. But if you have a more intimate use in mind, I'd suggest you go for a razor specifically designed for purpose. Trust me, you don't want to use the wrong tool for the job! 

Getting the right one all depends on your own personal preference. But, for me, if you can afford it, I'd recommend a refillable model for your main razor. You won't be disappointed. 

A Word on Technique

Did you know that shaving first got popular during World War 1? Nylon stockings were in short supply and so bare legs became the trend. And it still is today. And although there are now a number of alternatives to hair removal, shaving remains popular. It is cost effective and pain free. So long as you get the technique right (and use the right razor for you!) 

So first thing first. Skin must be soft before shaving. Please don't shave dry skin. You're asking for cuts, even with the best razor in the world! Use warm water to soften the skin. Make sure you're warm. Goosebumps will guarantee cuts! 

I exfoliate my legs at least once a week before shaving. More often if you have time. It gets rid of all the dead skin cells which clog up your razor and make nicks and cuts more likely, as well as a less close shave. It also makes sure you avoid ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs are caused when hairs curl back under the skin. The more prone you are to ingrown hairs the more often you should exfoliate; up to once a day. 

?My personal preferences is not to bother with shaving cream specially formulated for women. They're almost exactly the same as those made for men (they just have less girly scents) but tend to cost more! Go for a regular shaving cream as long as you can find one with a neutral scent! 

Whichever razor you go for, make sure you change it (either the razor or the whole thing) once it gets dull. This will absolutely lead to nicks when shaving. And a word on technique. Start at your ankles and work up against the grain of the hair. For your underarms you'll need to go against the grain too. But this can mean in a lot of different directions as the hair there grows at all sorts of angles! 

After shaving I apply a nice gently moisturizer. Scent-free. I use one for babies. It's great. Another tip is baby-oil. Gentle and replenish any lost moisture. 

Detailed Reviews of the Best Razors

There are two clear winners in this category: Schick and Gillette Venus. And there really is little to choose between the two. Great products, designed specifically for women with sensitive skin. The top two and separated by very little. Our third ranking product is a disposable razor, this one is the best disposable I've tried.  

Schick Hydro Silk Sensitive Care Razor

Schick Hydro Silk Sensitive

This, as the manufacturer points out, is a dermatologist-tested razor. It includes hypoallergenic moisturizing serum infused with Shea Butter to hydrate and protect sensitive skin against irritation. And boy did it! Add to this the compact oval cartridge with 5 curve sensing blades and soft touch handle to give you the control you need, and this razor is a must for anyone with sensitive skin. 

Features

  • Hypoallergenic Moisturizing Serum. A lot of the time I've tried razors with added serums and strips I've found they either go soggy and slide off, or actually make my skin react to something in the serum or gel. This didn't happen at all with this razor. And my legs felt very moisturized post shave. 
  • Compact Oval Cartridge with 5 Curve-Sensing Blades. So it's designed for a woman's body and with 5 curve-sensing blades with skin guards on each blade, you know you can protect against irritation and nicks whether shaving your legs or bikini line. Great result. 
  • Soft-Touch Handle for Ultimate Control. I personally really like the quality feel of a refillable razor. And this one was no exception. It gave great control during the shave. 

What's Good About It?

It is pretty faultless. The hypoallergenic moisturizing serum soothed my legs. The shave was a really great and close shave throughout and the harder to get right areas (for me this is always my knees!) were easily navigated with the soft touch handles. Superb razor. No burns, nicks or sores. Great job. 

What Could Be Improved?

Honestly I'm not sure you could improve it. Or would want to. You could always knock the price down, but it offers great value for money so doesn't seem too expensive for what you get. Plus you save money by buying the refills in bulk. Brilliant razor for sensitive skin. 

Gillette Venus Divine Sensitive Razor 

Gilette Venus Sensitive Razor

Like the Schick razor, this one too has moisture strips. They're the botanical oil variety and really did help to get a close and nick-free shave. They have three blades and are comfort coated. I got a very close shave without any sensitivity at all. 

Features

  • Moisture Strips that definitely helped to get a closer shave. The botanical oil in these strips gave great lubrication to ensure no nicks, and my skin didn't react to the moisture strips in the slightest. 
  • 3 blade razors which are comfort coated. This is supposed to minimise nicks. And it certainly did. 
  • Interchangeable refills. Any Venus razor cartridge can fit any Venus handle. I think this comes into its own if Venus maybe upgrade their sensitive range with new additions. You can then just purchase the razor blade cartridges without needed to buy a whole new razor. At this time though, I'd definitely recommend you stick with the cartridges for this razor as, for sensitive skin, they worked great.  

What's Good About It?

Lovely close, moisturized shave. Blades last well and manage longer hair really well. Excellent for leg and underarm. Would recommend a different razor for bikini area. 

What Could Be Improved?

Much like the Schick, it gives a lovely smooth and gentle finish and a close shave to legs and underarm. I felt a little less sure about using it for my bikini line as the head seemed larger but once I got used to it gave fine results there too! 

Gillette Venus Sensitive Skin Disposable 

Gilette Venus Disposable Razor

I wanted to include a disposable razor in this review. My personal preference is for a refillable razor. I think the finish is closer and I prefer the higher quality finish given with a refillable. However, if you're a disposable girl, I thought it would be useful to try the market out and come out with the best disposable out there. And I have to say I was surprised, the quality of disposable razor has certainly improved a lot since I last used one! 

Features

  • Three blades surrounded by soft cushions. No harsh plastic feel! 
  • Pivoting, rounded head to fit easily into hard-to-shave areas. I wasn't expecting this at all. Around the knees and ankles in no time at all. Nick-free. 
  • Specially designed handle for greater control. OK, so not the ergonomic feel of its sister refillable razor, but a really good feel. 

What's Good About It?

I was shocked. It really did a great job. And while it isn't as good as our top two, it isn't as far away as I thought. And a vast improvement on the last disposable razor I used. Cushioned, three blades, pivoting head, great control from the handle. The main thing missing is probably the moisturizing element and a little bit of weight. They just felt a little light in my hand! Great shave and no bumps, nicks or cuts.

What Could Be Improved?

To be fair, if the manufacturers improved the razors to get to the quality of their refillable razors, they'd have to increase the price a lot. So, I'd say for the price and for a disposable razor nothing could be improved. Just remember your shave cream and lotion for afterward and this is a great product! 

Final Verdict

There was really not much in it between the Schick and the Venus. I found the Schick to be more adaptable in the very hard to reach areas and really liked the moisturizing serum. With that razor I know I'll never get a shaving rash, nick or cut with a brilliantly close shave everywhere. A great buy. 

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