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Shaving Sensitive Skin: A Beginner’s Guide

Shaving Sensitive Skin: A Beginner’s Guide


Shaving for the first time can be a big deal. After all, many of us spend months or even years longing to be able to shave. But what do you do when your first shave goes wrong, and you’re left with red, itchy, and irritated skin? If this has happened to you, don’t worry – you’re not alone.

So many men experience some degree of irritation, nicks, cuts, or stinging after their first shave. So, what could be the cause of all this discomfort? It could be that you’re simply not quite mastered your shaving technique yet, or it could be that you have sensitive skin.

Either way, let’s find out where you’re going wrong so you can avoid years of annoying razor burns and razor bumps.

How to Tell if You Have Sensitive Skin

You may be wondering what sensitive skin is. Sensitive skin is a common condition, which can be recognised by easily irritated, reactive skin that is prone to redness, dryness, and inflammation.

But what causes sensitive skin? Sensitive skin can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, environmental conditions, and certain skincare products.

Although it can vary greatly from person to person, it’s important to look out for the common signs of sensitive skin such as tightness or dryness after washing, easily irritated or inflamed skin, and a tendency to develop redness or rashes after using certain products.

So, if you’re wondering how to shave sensitive skin, we’re here to help you with useful tips and tricks to achieve a smooth shave without the uncomfortable side effects!


Choosing the Right Razor

Shaving is a daily routine for many people, but for those with sensitive skin, it can be a source of irritation and discomfort, if not done right. This is why choosing the right razor is crucial for a comfortable and effective shave.

There are two main types of razors: manual and electric. Manual razors, also known as cartridge razors, have disposable blade that needs to be replaced regularly. Electric razors, on the other hand, use a rotary or foil head to cut hairs.

When it comes to sensitive skin, it really depends on how your skin reacts to each type of shaving technique. Ultimately, the right razor for your sensitive skin is one that minimizes irritation and provides a close, comfortable shave.

Manual vs Electric Razors for Sensitive Skin

If you’re wondering are power razors better for sensitive skin? You should know that both electric and manual razors have their unique benefits, and the right choice for you will depend on your personal preference and needs. To help you make an informed decision, here is a comparison of the benefits of electric and manual razors:

Manual RazorGillette SkinGuard Sensitive Razor Power Razor Gillette Skinguard Sensitive Power Razor
– Clinically proven for sensitive skin – Designed specifically for sensitive skin
– Helps prevent razor bumps and irritation – Features micropulses that help reduce friction for a smoother shave
– Lubrication before and after blades helps protect skin during the shave – Flexible power technology allows the razor to glide over facial contours
– Precision trimmer for hard-to-reach areas and styling facial hair – Minimizes irritation for a more comfortable shaving experience

How to Shave Sensitive Skin for the First Time

Shaving can be tough on sensitive skin but don’t worry, at Gillette, we’ve been helping men to shave for over 117 years, so we’ve had plenty of time to learn all the best shaving tips and tricks a smoother, more comfortable shave, no matter what your skin type!

1. Hydrate Your Face

Wet shaving is gentler on sensitive skin than dry shaving, so be sure to wet your face thoroughly before you start. You can also use a moisturizing shaving gel or foam to create a lather each time you shave while you build up your confidence and your technique whilst helping to reduce irritation.

2. Check Your Blades

A dull razor can tug at your hair and cause irritation, so be sure to use a sharp blade for a smoother shave. You can also consider using a razor specifically designed for sensitive skin, like the Gillette SkinGuard Sensitive Razor.

It’s easy to forget to add fresh blades to your shopping list when you’re not in the habit of buying them, so sign up for a Gillette shaving subscription to get blades delivered to your door regularly.

3. Get Shaving

When you first shave your sensitive skin, try shaving in the direction of your hair growth, also known as with the grain. Shaving against the grain can lead to irritation and ingrown hairs, so it’s best to shave with the direction of your facial hair growth. This can help you avoid any additional irritation to your already sensitive skin.

4. Rinse Regularly

Rinse your blade after every few strokes to get rid of any shaving cream that’s building up. This can also help to keep your skin hydrated every time you make a stroke with your razor, giving you a super smooth glide.

Remember that you should never tap your blade on the side of the sink or any other surface, as this can lead to damage to the blades.

5. Adopt a Post-Shave Routine

After you’ve made your last stroke, rinse your face with warm water, pat it dry, then apply a moisturiser.

Your post-shave routine is just as important as how you shave when it comes to keeping your face free from irritation, so don’t be tempted to skip it.

By following these tips, you can help reduce the likelihood of irritation and other issues when shaving sensitive skin. Remember to be gentle with your skin and choose a razor and products that are specifically designed for sensitive skin.


What Causes Sensitive Skin to React Differently to Your Razor?

Sensitive skin is very common – we came across so many men with this skin type that we decided to design the SkinGuard Sensitive range, which has been specifically designed for sensitive skin.

People with this skin type may have a more irregular skin surface, meaning it’s more likely to be nicked and cut by razor blades.

The nerves underneath the surface of your skin can be very easily stimulated if you have sensitive skin, so razors with more than one or two blades can be too much for it.

Our SkinGuard Sensitive Blades have just two, and there’s added lubrication before and after each one, so the actual contact that your blade makes with your skin is minimal.

Tips for Shaving Sensitive Skin

When you’re shaving sensitive skin, try to shave with the grain rather than against it, which should feel a lot gentler.

As well as getting a razor that’s designed for your skin type, use the best shaving cream for sensitive skin you can find. We’ve got the Gillette SkinGuard Sensitive Men’s Shaving Gel and SkinGuard Sensitive Men’s Shaving Foam for you to choose from, depending on the kind of product you prefer.

Use your gel or foam to create a really good lather to shield your skin from irritation as best as you can.

Everything in the SkinGuard Sensitive range is ideal for use on sensitive skin. Try it for yourself when you try a Gillette shaving subscription.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

Shaving can be a delicate process, and it’s easy to make mistakes that can lead to irritation and other issues. Here are a few common mistakes to avoid when shaving sensitive skin:

  • Skipping the pre-shave prep
  • Using a dull blade
  • Shaving against the grain
  • Applying too much pressure
  • Skipping the post-shave routine







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