The world has changed a lot over the past year. Working, playing, running and performing all other outdoor activities from the confines of our home has become the new normal. Fortunately, vaccines have arrived and the world has begun to limp back to its old self, which means that you might need to go out for work again. This will soon make grooming, that had taken a backseat until now, a professional imperative for some. Now, instead of trying to hone your rusty shaving skills at the risk of a nick or a cut, why not switch to something that is quick, convenient, and more importantly, smooth? People with sensitive skin, we hear you, and that is why we’ve created a list of some of the best electric shavers for sensitive skin out there.
1. Braun Electric Shaver for Men, Series 7 790cc
This German engineered smart shaver reads and adopts to your beard, and its Sonic technology automatically increases power in difficult areas, thus ensuring a complete shave. It comes with a clean and charge station that automatically cleans the shaver while recharging it.
This shaver is able to capture flat-lying hairs in those problem areas with an ActiveLift trimmer. You can cut your hair with extreme closeness as short as 0.05mm. The power on this shaver is ideal for shaving dense hair and difficult areas. It is 100% waterproof making for an even easier shave.
+ Precision head with SkinGuard
+ 5 Turbo-/Sensitive-Modes
+ 8-D flex head
+ 50 Min. Cordless Shaving
– Cleaning unit can become clogged
2. Panasonic Arc5
The Panasonice Arc5 has 5 blades that are hypoallergenic as well as stainless steel that are sharpened to a 30 degree angle. With curved outer foils, this shaver is great for sensitive skin. This shaver cuts at 14,000 CPM and it will keep going full speed until the end of the charge. The battery provides 40 minutes of shaving.
The LED light on this shaver will show you how much time you have left and the charging station will dry and clean the shaver, making sure it’s disinfected before each shave. Following the contours of your face, the shaver head will pivot up and down as well as side to side for a flawless shave. As an added bonus, this shaver has sensors that, over sensitive areas, will change the motor speed.
+ LED display
+ Sensor for sensitive areas
+ Drying an cleaning charging station
+ Five ultra-sharp precision blades
+ Wet/dry mode with a precision pop-up trimmer
+ Cleaning & charging station
+ Active shave sensor technology
– Blades are expensive to replace
3. Remington F5-5800 Foil Shaver
The Remington F5-5800 is great for sensitive skin especially if you want a cheap shaver that will get through a thick beard. The cutting blades quipped on this tool were designed to avoid irritation to the skin when cutting longer hair.
The three-stage system in this shaver is great for getting through dense hair. There is an intercept tool cushioned between the foils that will pre-cut long hairs and the foils then complete the job closer to the skin. This shaver will give you a full hour of shaving time on a single charge and it can be used with the charging cord on low. To clean the shaver, simply wash it under running water after you’re all done.
+ Pop-up trimmer
+ Cheapest on this list
+ 60 minutes of shaving on a single charge
– Likely need 2 or 3 passes
4. Panasonic ES8103S Arc3
This powerful shaver has three 30-degree ultra-sharp blades and flexible pivoting heads to ensure precision cutting. It comes with a built-in pop up trimmer to detail mustaches, beards and sideburns, and a 10 stage LCD that shows battery status at a glance.
This shaver allows for a comfortable and close shave with an ultra-thin arc foil and 3 ultra-sharp nanotech blades. Following the contours of your neck, jaw, face, and chin, the head will pivot to give you a comfortable, clean shave. For removing stubble this shaver has a sonic cleaning mode. This shaver is rechargeable and easily portable.
+ Flexible Pivoting Head
+ 30° Stainless-Steel Nanotech Blades
+ Wet/Dry Convenience
What To Consider When Purchasing an Electric Shaver For Sensitive Skin
To ensure you find the best shaver for your needs, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind.
Battery and Charging
The lithium-ion batteries that these shavers are designed with can last for years. Most electric shavers will give you between 40 and 60 minutes or shaving time before needing to be charged. If you’re someone who is usually on the run or think you may need more than 40 minutes to shave, you’ll also want to make sure your shaver has a decent charging time. Most shavers will charge in about 60 minutes, but there are some that will offer a single shave after only five minutes of charging.
Make sure your shaver is a good grade so that you can be sure it won’t yank out your hair instead of cutting it. The higher-quality of the blade, the less irritation you’ll experience.
For sensitive skin, be sure to find a shaver that will allow you to lower the speed of the blade to ensure you can have gentle shaves. Having a blade-protection feature is also something to look out for.
You can expect to see faster motors running between 10,000 and 14,000 CPM. Anything that runs below 10,000 CPM will require more passes to shave and increase the chance of skin irritation.
Types of Electric Shavers
You will be able to find either rotary or foil shavers.
Rotary shavers have 3 circular heads and each head has revolving internal blades. You will be able to better maneuver with a rotary shaver but they do tend to pinch and pull on skin and hair. These are not good options for people with sensitive skin.
Foil shavers rapidly cut side-to-side with oscillating blades that are covered with a mesh metallic screen (the foil). These help to protect the skin from being cut while capturing hairs. These are the shavers you want to look for if you have sensitive skin.
Frequently Asked Questions
You may still experience irrigation with electric shavers, but you are less likely to have cuts and nicks.
Skin irritation happens when the skin is pressed into the small apertures of the shaving foil which can lead to mild abrasion of the skin.
To avoid breakouts, you should wash your hands and your shaver before shaving. Running the shaver head under water or wiping it down with rubbing alcohol will help keep your shaver and your skin clean. Make sure you dry the tool after washing it to help it glide easily over your face.
We went through this list so many times, trying to pick out the best electric shaver for sensitive skin, but couldn’t quite come up with just one winner; all the products listed above have their own set of strengths and advantages. But after much deliberation, we decided to go with Braun Electric Shaver for Men Series 7, keeping the features and effectiveness in mind.