From the onset, when hearing other men talk about their electric razors it’s always a coin flip – they either love them or loathe them. There is absolutely no in-between. But here’s the secret guys: If you have extremely sensitive skin, you CAN consider an electric razor with a catch.
Generally, from our experience we found foil based electric razors tend to perform much better for men with sensitive skin than their rotary counterpart. One of the core reasons will do with the cutting motion of each device. Rotary razor heads cut in a circular manner (think weed whacker ↻) whereas foil heads cut in a back-and-forth motion (like an oscillating fan ⇄). While foils tend to have a cleaner cut on the hair follicle than a rotary razor head, there are a few things you must take into account before buying one of these razors:
1.While they do make for a closer shave on your cheeks and neck, they often have a hard time around the contours of your face (i.e. nose, chin).
2.Quality foil razors often have a much higher price point than a rotary electric razor
3.Replacement heads also cost slightly more (but are changed less frequently than rotary heads: 18 months vs. 12 months)
Price points and cutting motions aside, the most important aspect you need to pay attention to when selecting an electric razor is its ability to perform a ‘wet’ shave. What does this mean? Simply that you can use the electric razor in tandem with your favorite shaving cream. Not only will this often allow for a closer shave, but the addition of a cream can help reduce any irritation that men with sensitive skin often occur when shaving ‘dry’.
Just be sure to pick up a shave cream that has an unscented profile. When it comes to ingredients less is more for men with sensitive skin.
Best Electric Razor For Sensitive Skin
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.
Here’s why: 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!