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Stress-free shaving for sensitive skin

10 July 2023 | | Neil Doveton

First thing in the morning, you're dragging a sharp blade across your face, around your neck, dipping into crevices around your chin. Face it—the practice of shaving, especially for those with sensitive skin, can be a stressful and often painful exercise. Read on for everything you need to know to make the process (and your shave) as smooth as possible.

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The right blade 

Using the wrong razor blade can exacerbate the problem, causing razor burn, ingrown hairs, and even acne. That’s why it’s essential to choose the right razor blade for your sensitive skin. Look for blades that offer lubrication strips or coatings, as these can help to reduce friction and prevent irritation, as well as blades that offer a balance between flexibility and control.

Try these:

BIC Comfort 4 Shavers 4 Pack comes with four moveable blades that help reduce irritation to give your most clean and ultra-soft shave yet.

Gillette Mach3 Turbo Razor comes complete with a pivoting head, spring-mounted blades and a large microfine skin guard for a smoother, closer shave without redness.

Schick Quattro Titanium Freestyle Razor For Men has four titanium-coated blades, which give you a close, smooth shave. It also features a lubrication strip infused with aloe and jojoba oil to care for and soothe skin.

Prep properly

No matter your choice of razor (or how many blades you work with), if you want a smooth shave, it’s essential to prep your skin by exfoliating. If you’re not exfoliating two to three times a week—don’t blame the blades. A good scrub will work wonders, as it rids the face of dead skin. The result is a nick-free, smooth, and comfortable shave. 

Try these:

Clicks Men Face Wash Gel Charcoal and Lemongrass removes dirt, pollution, excess oils, and dead skin cells which may contribute to razor bumps.

Nivea Men Originals Exfoliating Face Scrub unblocks pores, lifts dead skin, and clears away impurities for a clean and smooth skin.

L'Oréal Men Expert Face Scrub Hydra Energy is a highly effective daily scrub that’s been specially formulated to combat dryness which contributes to sensitive skin.

Sorbet Man 2-in-1 Face Wash & Scrub is a refreshing facial cleanser made with biodegradable beads that energises the skin, while cleaning and exfoliating all in one.

Get shaving

Some men prefer shaving gels, whereas more traditional shavers stick to shaving creams. Then there’s a select crowd out there who enjoy shaving oils. In reality, all three lubricants are designed to reduce friction between blade and skin, delivering the most comfortable shave possible. No matter your preference, besides facilitating a smooth shave, they also have the added benefit of moisturising and soothing properties. 

Nivea Men One Stroke Sensitive Shaving Gel is an extra gentle shaving formula that’s specially developed for easily irritated and sensitive skin.

Clicks Sensitive Shave Foam has been dermatologically tested and specially formulated with soothing aloe vera extract, making it suitable for sensitive skin.

The Body Shop Maca Root & Aloe Shave Cream is enriched with Community Trade organic aloe vera from Mexico and leaves skin feeling luxuriously soft and smooth after a shave.

Fino Man Beard Grooming & Shaving Oil contains essential oils that help prevent itchiness or irritation. It allows for smooth shaving but helps moisturise, protect, and hydrate the skin.

After your shave

Shaving doesn’t have to be a ritual in frustrating skin irritation. Thanks to several post-shaving products on the market, it’s easier than ever to avoid the burn, the bumps and everything else with the right post-shave treatment. 

Nivea Men Post Shave Balm Sensitive offers instant relief for sensitive skin and tackles irritation.

Sorbet Man Post Shave Balm is a cooling aftershave made with a blend of water, salicylic acid, and horse chestnut extract to soothe razor burn and skin irritation after shaving, reducing redness, inflammation and preventing razor bumps.

The Body Shop Macca Root & Aloe Calming Post-Shave Water Gel calms the appearance of irritated skin after shaving. Enriched with Peruvian maca root and Community Trade organic aloe vera from Mexico, the lightweight formula is easily absorbed, and skin appears soothed and healthier.

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