Philips Nivea Coolskin is our top recommended electric shaver for people who suffer from sensitive skin. Some men find shaving very uncomfortable due to problems with sensitive skin or it could be down to poor shaving techniques. Fortunately there are plenty of steps that you can take to make shaving comfortable & there are electric shavers for sensitive skin that I will talk about later in this article.
In fact, It’s my belief through my own personal experience that electric shavers cause less irritation than manual wet shaving & they are better suited for people who have sensitive skin. They are Particulary beneficial for people who suffer from acne, manual razor blades will catch bumps on the skin such as spots which ends up with a cut. This kind of thing is less likely to happen with an electric shaver.
Believe me, I know how much of a problem having sensitive skin can be when shaving. Not only can it be painful & uncomfortable but can leave an unsightly red rash. This horrible, uncomfortable red rash can make you feel very self conscious & quite down. Now you are probably reading this because you are looking for a change, maybe you fear that an electric shaver will leave your skin in a worse mess than a wet shave or maybe you are looking for a specific electric shave that is suited to people with sensitive skin.
Well let me clear this up for you right now – there is an electric shaver that we know about that can help with sensitive skin. We also have some great tips & techniques you can apply to make shaving more comfortable & irritation free.
Let’s start with electric shaver – shaving technique
The general rule when wet shaving is to shave in the direction of the hair growth, but when using an electric shaver we recommend you shave against the direction of the hair growth. – why? Because most electric shaver heads have a foil which is specially designed to lift hairs away from the skin before cutting. By shaving against the grain or direction of hair growth you are allowing the maximum number of hairs to enter the shaver head to be cut & results in a more even, close shave.
To find the direction of hair growth on your face & neck simply rub your hands back & forth over your skin. Which every direction feels the roughest is the direction you want to be shaving in. This may sound completely obvious to most of you but some men are not fully aware of their direction of hair growth, particular under the chin & around the neck area.
Another tip is to gently pull the skin in the opposite direction you are shaving so as to tighten the skin, making a smother, flatter shaving surface. This stops the skin from creasing while shaving & creates a more even, close, smooth shave. A very good technique to use for people with sensitive skin.
If you are using a rotary style electric shave such as the Philips Senso touch the best way to use this shaver is by making small circular motions across the skin.
Do not press down to firmly against the skin during shaving. Electric shavers are very effective at lifting the hairs away from the skin so there is no need to apply too much pressure. Also be sure not to repeatedly shave over the same area. This just causes an increase in skin irritation & if you are applying the correct shaving techniques then you should not need to shave each area more than once.
Pre shave preparation for sensitive skin
To further reduce irritation it’s a great idea to shower before shaving. With warm to hot water & steam running over your skin it will soften the hair. This softening of the beard makes cutting of the hairs much easier & reduces resistance.
There are several ways you can do this. By soaking a towel in warm water than holding it against the skin, then pat dry & you are ready to shave with the electric shaver. It’s not advised to use an electric shaver on wet skin as it can cause the shaver head to clog up with hair during shaving. However, you can use the electric shaver while in the shower, this is not only a real time saver but can be very beneficial to people who suffer with sensitive skin problem.
Most electric shavers are water proof so don’t worry about that, by shaving in the shower you will have the benefit of softening the hair from the warm water & steam. Your skin will also be lubricated by the water & you don’t need to worry about the shaver clogging up with hairs as they will be getting rinsed out by the water from the shower itself.
Electric shavers with shaving gels, foam & cream
As we discussed above you should pre-pair your skin for shaving. As well as softening the hair you can also apply some lubrication to the skin such as an oil which is my favourite after shaving gels. Shaving oils are probably the least popular as most people are creatures of habit & stick with their usual shaving foam without every thinking about trying a shaving oil. Shaving oils are not just extremely effective at lubricating the skin for a comfortable shave but also leave the skin soft & moisturised afterwards.
Some great shaving oils you may want to take a look at are King of Shaves Kinexium & Clarins Men Shave Ease, both great products.
The best electric shavers for sensitive skin sufferers
Now that we have covered some tips & techniques you can apply to reduce the irritation caused during shaving we can now tell you the best electric shaver to buy.
Take a look at the unique electric shaver from Philips called the Philips Nivea For Men Coolskin. It has a unique design where it dispenses a lubricating, moisturising conditioner directly to the skin during shaving. There really is no other shaver link this & is perfect for those suffering with sensitive skin or acne. Use this shaver with the techniques we covered above & you are on your way to smooth, irritation free skin.