You’d be hard-pressed to find a single woman who loves shaving. Alas, for some of us, it’s an evil we deal with regularly.
Finding the right razor is key to making hair removal seem semi-bearable. Whether you’re looking for a closer shave, a razor that moisturizes your skin or an electric model that suits your on-the-go lifestyle, there’s a razor to suit your needs.
We asked skin experts to share their top picks — and they might just make you want to shave!
- 1. Schick Intuition Pure Nourishment Razor
- 2. Gillette Venus Comfortglide 3 Blade Razor
- 3. Bulldog Men’s Original Bamboo Razors
- 4. Philips SatinShave Advanced Women’s Electric Shaver
- 5. Gillette Venus Platinum Extra Smooth Metal Handle Razor
- 6. Schick Quattro Razor
- 7. Kakusii Waterproof Rechargeable Electric Razor
- 8. Gillette Fusion5 Men’s Razor
- 9. Schick Hydro Silk Razor
- 10. Venus Spa Breeze Razor
- 11. Gillette Mach3 Men’s Razor
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1. Schick Intuition Pure Nourishment Razor
“For those who are lazy about shaving, this razor sets you up for success as it comes with built-in skin conditioning blades for a close shave,” said Jeannel Astarita, skin care expert and founder of Just Ageless Medical Spa at the 11 Howard Hotel in New York City. “I still recommend that you wait until the end of the shower to shave so pores are ‘open’ and hairs are soft. The conditioner can also prevent skin irritation.”
2. Gillette Venus Comfortglide 3 Blade Razor
“With the lather bars attached, you are always guaranteed to have the shaving cream exactly where you need it, and the pivoting head specifically allows access to hard-to-reach spots around knees and elbows,” said Dr. Joel L. Cohen, director of AboutSkin Dermatology in Denver, Colorado, and spokesperson for the American Academy of Dermatology. “Triple-blade technology is helpful as the first blade is intended to tug the hair, while the sharper following blades cleanly slice the hair as close to the skin as possible.”
3. Bulldog Men’s Original Bamboo Razors
“This five-blade razor provides a really close shave, and the flexible razor head is important for areas that are not flat so you get the smoothest shave possible. I also love that is it made with bamboo so it’s recyclable,” Astarita said. You can also pick up an affordable pack of razor refills for $9.
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4. Philips SatinShave Advanced Women’s Electric Shaver
“This electric razor is a great choice for women looking for a silky, clean shave. It has the ability to provide a clean, close shave comfortably with or without water or shaving cream, which is an extra bonus for anyone on the go,” said Dr. Adekemi Akingboye, director of cosmetic dermatology at the Dermatology Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
5. Gillette Venus Platinum Extra Smooth Metal Handle Razor
“The handle is made from a solid metal that is steady, strong and comfortable to hold,” said Dr. Edidiong Kaminska, a board-certified dermatologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, and a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. “It comes with five diamond-like coated blades for a close shave and a water-activated ribbon of moisture around the blades that improves glide and helps protect the skin from nicks and cuts.”
6. Schick Quattro Razor
“My staff, who are all 20-somethings, swear by this razor. It’s got an easy to grasp handle and conditioning strips to soothe skin,” said Dr. Margaret E. Parsons of Dermatology Consultants of Sacramento and assistant clinical professor at UCDavis School of Medicine. “In general, it matters less what razor you use, and more so that you keep them clean and dry between uses. If someone has a lot of folliculitis (inflamed pink bumps at hair follicles) when shaving, make sure your razor is clean and dries out between showers as moist, warm environments can contribute to low-grade bacterial infection.” Another great perk, you can also buy refills in bulk.
7. Kakusii Waterproof Rechargeable Electric Razor
“This is my splurge pick, when you want all of the bells and whistles and an at-home spa experience. It comes with a facial cleansing brush and a facial massager, and the carrying bag allows you to use it on the go if you wish! Also, the razor glides naturally over your curves giving you a nice smooth shave,” said board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon in New York City Dr. Fran Cook-Bolden.
8. Gillette Fusion5 Men’s Razor
“Even though this one is sold as a man’s razor, it is an awesome product that women can use as well. It has five blades that are closer together, allowing for less irritation, and has comfort guards to prevent nicks. In general, using a razor with multiple blades helps with the amount of times you’ll have to pass the razor on your skin, reducing chances of irritation,” said Dr. Debra Jaliman, a New York City dermatologist and author of the book “Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist.” You can get an 8-pack razor refill for around $20.
9. Schick Hydro Silk Razor
“Hydrating the skin is very important during and after shaving,” said Dr. Kaminska. “This razor has a soft grip and features a water-activated Hydra-Boost serum on the razor head that causes lasting hydration for up to two hours after shaving. There are five curve-sensing blades that follow skin contours nicely and in hard to reach places, resulting in a close shave. The blades also include skin guards to prevent irritation from razor burn.” Don’t forget to grab refills!
10. Venus Spa Breeze Razor
“This razor is more contoured, meaning less nicks (especially around the knees), and there is no need for shaving gel since it’s already part of the razor. This is a major plus, especially for those who travel a lot,” said founder and CEO of Shiffa Dr. Lamees Hamdan.
11. Gillette Mach3 Men’s Razor
“If you’re looking for a razor for dermaplaning (a facial shaving process that exfoliates the skin), you’ll want to avoid razors with moisturizing strips as they can be a breeding ground for bacteria,” said celebrity esthetician Karee Hays. “I would also avoid blades made from nickel as they often can cause irritation on the skin. In this case, I like almost any men’s razor for dermaplaning, especially the Mach 3 or the simple disposable Gillette two-blade razor. But be sure to get a separate one for your face and legs.”
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Imagine being told to shave your legs downwards, rather than up. (Cue visions of blood splattered across your shower curtain.) Terrifying, right? Shaving is and has always been a one-direction kind of game. The hard-and-fast rule: Stroke up towards your thigh to avoid nicks and cuts, even if hair grows in multiple directions. But now, for the first time, Schick Intuition is changing everything we ever knew about shaving with its new F.A.B. (a.k.a. Forward and Back) razor.
The two-toned pink razor, engineered to be pushed and pulled (upward and downward), is made with five blades — three forward-facing and two downward-facing — to ensure the most comfortable (and nick-free) shave, especially in areas where hair grows in multiple directions, says Eric Kaplan, project manager research and development at Edgewell Personal Care, which owns Schick Intuition. “It’s designed to tap into a person’s natural ability to move forward and backward.”
Shaving backward… without ripping your skin off? (Again, cue a Psycho-esque scene in your shower.) Sure, in theory, it sounds too good to be true, but in practice, using a forward-and-back razor is actually a dream for those crunched for time and prone to missing spots. (Hi, me.) The first time I tried F.A.B. was during a morning in which I had woken up late and, because of that, was running around my apartment like a chicken with its head cut off. Why, I decided to try the razor when I barely had enough time to shower, was beyond me, but with every last-minute decision I make, I just went with it. The results were, not to sound all hyperbolic, unprecedented.
While I’ll admit I was slightly scared to swipe the razor down along my leg (a rule I’ve followed since I first learned to shave at age 11), something in me was all for breaking the rules. I gently touched the razor to the middle of my leg, pulled up, and then slowly swiped down. Like magic, the back-and-forth razor swept away my leg hair — without a single snag. I continued with the rest of my leg, zig-zagging my way up to my knee, before moving onto my armpits.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I have the hardest time shaving my pits. Dark, coarse hair seems to grow in every which way (and in too-hard-to-reach crevices), which is why I was excited to see how F.A.B. handled the hairy mess. Unsurprisingly, the razor whisked away my hair — after swiping in just about every pattern possible (up, down, diagonal, etc.) — in mere seconds. No nicks, and, or buts about it.
The Schick Intuition F.A.B. razor is $8 at target.com.
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I am someone who, unfortunately, needs to shave her legs every damn day. Either I have dark stubble showing on my bare legs in the Summer or the prickly stubs rub against my jeans in the Winter. So rain or shine, I lather up and slice my thick, dark leg hair.
It’s not sexy, but it is necessary for me to feel comfortable. Since I am married to my razor, I consider myself to be somewhat of a shaving snob. When the reps for Schick told me the brand was launching a razor that shaves in both directions, I was skeptical. That sounds like it’s going to give you some serious razor burn, right?
So they sent me an early sample, and I was pleasantly surprised. The tool is called the Schick Intuition F.a.b. Razor ($12 for one razor with two refill cartridges), and have mercy: the thing actually works!
While it looks like a basic “upscale” razor — nice-looking blades wrapped in comfort moisture strips — it’s also hot pink, which speaks to my girlie heart. But what it is really important here is that you can shave back and forth, up and down — in basically any direction you’d like — without lifting the razor off of your skin. I felt zero discomfort and got no razor burn after using it multiple times, and I have supersensitive skin.
“The little rubbery pink strips on the cartridge act as a skin-stretching element to present the hair for efficient shaving,” Eric Kaplan, project manager of research and development at Edgewell Personal Care, told POPSUGAR via email.
After consumers told Schick they were looking for an easy-to-use razor that had bidirectional technology (fancy!), the brand dreamed F.a.b. up. It’s especially effective on areas like underarms and upper thighs, where hair grows in multiple directions. I use other hair removal methods on my hair down there, but imagine this would work well on a bikini line.
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- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: All of the musical numbers, but “Shook Out of Shape (Schick Out of Shave)” and “Choo Choo” in particular stand out. And I mean, stand out. These are sort of justified by the amusement-park cabaret setting, but plot-wise? Zilch. The main characters aren’t even present for most of them. Given the quality of the story, however, this may not be such a bad thing, as they allow the audience to see less of the movie.
- The ticket-selling monkey robot.
Crow: “Did you guys just see that or did I imagine it?”
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Ortega.
- Hollywood Homely: Estrella is supposedly an ugly hag whom even a fat middle-aged drunk wouldn’t deign to have sex with. She looks too much like Elizabeth Taylor to qualify as hideous, although that mole is a tad off-putting.
- Informed Ability: The weird ballroom dancing couple at the beginning (Marge and Bill) are supposed to be really good, except lately the woman has been making mistakes because of her drinking problem. When we see the act, it looks like nothing but twirling and stretching. Later we see the manager (or whatever) looking concerned and upset at what’s going on, even though nothing strange is happening until she falls down. There is literally nothing different between when they’re supposedly good and when she’s “making a lot of mistakes”.
- Narm: The entire movie, but especially the aforementioned monkey robot.
- Nightmare Fuel: The opening credits and the kooky organ noises are actually pretty unnerving.
- This picture◊ is actually rather spooky and dramatic (YMMV when the face morphs into a kooky zombie-monster, though).
- Padding: Lots of it. Ignoring the completely pointless song and dance numbers, there are also many extended shots of the amusement park as well as a very long and uneventful chase scene at the end.
- Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Jerry is supposed to be a likably free-spirited young man who meets a tragic end, but he comes off as a lazy deadbeat and crappy boyfriend instead. Hell, he only gets hypnotized in the first place because he ditches his girlfriend to try to win over a stripper. It’s hard to feel very sorry for him at the end.
- What an Idiot!: After Jerry tries to strangle Angela, her mother not only fails to call the police, but allows Angela and Harold to go looking for Jerry that night.
Gillette is facing a new threat from one of its oldest rivals
Schick is making a play at recovering lost market share. Facebook/Schick Hydro In the words of Donald Trump, paraphrasing his father: “When you’re on top, you’ve got a lot of people gunning for you.”
Razor giant Gillette, fresh off of new initiatives launched to fend off startup competitors like Harry’s and Dollar Shave Club, is now facing increasing competition from one of its oldest adversaries.
Schick, a brand of razors manufactured by Edgewell Personal Care, is now sticking it to the market leader where it hurts.
One of Gillette’s biggest advantages is its ecosystem. The brand figures that since you’ve already purchased the handle and other accessories, you may as well keep purchasing the refill blades that fit it.
Schick knows that, so it’s created a new line of razor refills, called the Hydro Connect, that fit Gillette’s Fusion or Mach 3 razors but cost less than Gillette’s refills.
“Men are creatures of habit, and anything we can do to lower the barrier of entry to try our product will be helpful,” Patrick Kane, who handles Edgewell’s shave-products-for-men business, told the Wall Street Journal.
Schick is also launching a shave plan that allows you to choose which blades you want — a five- or three-bladed head that connects to Schick razors, or the Connect. It also allows you to pick how many refills you want each time, as well your preferred time frame, which can be as infrequent as every nine months.
Each cartridge runs from $1.78 to $3.33, a price based on the blade and how many are in the shipment. You can sign up for the plan at Schickhydro.com.
Edgewell is one of the last big razor players to land online in an increasingly crowded space. Earlier this year, Gillette made a big splash with its Gillette On-Demand direct-to-consumer online store, a reimagining of the shave subscription club it has had for years.
Schick claims roughly 15% of the US razor market for men, according to Euromonitor. That number has fallen from 19% as recently as 2011. Gillette still has the lion’s share with about 54% of the market, though that’s down from 70% six years ago.
Much of the rest of the pie is split between Harry’s and Dollar Shave Club, which have eaten away at both of the bigger players.
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