The 9 Best Electric Razors That Make Shaving Feel Like Less of a Chore
Razor burn and ingrown hairs may seem like an inevitable part of shaving, but they're actually a sign that you're using the wrong razor. If you've been let down by your current disposable razor, it may be time to upgrade to an electric one instead.
These rechargeable grooming devices feature curved foil blades that glide over your skin instead of rigid, straight blades such as those on disposable razors, which minimizes your chances of irritation. And unlike some at-home hair removal devices such as epilators or wax strips, electric razors do their job without inflicting pain. "Since electric razors cut hair rather than pull it, there is a lower risk of ingrown hairs," says New York-based dermatologist Dendy Engelman, M.D., FACMS, F.A.A.D. Electric razors also offer a closer and faster shave thanks to their multiple speed settings, precision blades, and various attachment heads. Plus, they can be used for virtually every grooming task — legs, underarms, bikini line, upper lip, you name it — and you can use them on wet or dry skin, which makes them perfect for traveling and quick touch-ups on the go. (Related: The 11 Best Bikini Trimmers for a Super Close Shave Without Razor Burn)
"With electric razors, you can trim hair almost anywhere on the body without risking nicks or cuts," explains Adebola Dele-Michael, M.D., also a New York-based dermatologist. "They require less time than standard razors because they quickly cut hair and do not require lotions or creams."
When selecting a new electric razor, Dr. Dele-Michael recommends opting for one that "feels comfortable in your hand" and is designed with a flexible head to guarantee it will "adapt to your body contours and hard-to-reach areas." You also want to "use an electric razor that is easy to clean to avoid skin infections," she says.
How to Use an Electric Razor
If you really want an irritation-free shave, Dr. Engelman suggests following these important tips to alleviate redness, razor bumps, and ingrown hairs when you use a new electric razor. (Related: The Best Hair Removal Creams for Silky, Smooth Results)
Exfoliate: To get a silky-smooth finish, it's always best to begin with a clean razor — and clean skin. This means exfoliating the areas you'll be shaving, according to Dr. Engelman. "I recommend exfoliating to banish bumps and minimize flakiness," she says. "This will ensure that the hair can be removed cleanly."
Apply a moisturizing shaving cream: Although optional, Dr. Engelman recommends using shaving cream, as it can create a moisturizing barrier between your skin and the razor that will help you get the best shave, she explains. "The key is to condition the skin before shaving to soften the hair and hair follicle," she says. "Find an emollient-based shaving cream, which results in less irritation." When you're done shaving altogether, finish up with an equally moisturizing body lotion. Dr. Dele-Michael's favorite formulas include the Vanicream Moisturizing Ointment (Buy It, $18, amazon.com), La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm AP+ Intense Repair Body Cream (Buy It, $20, amazon.com), and CeraVe Healing Ointment (Buy It, $18, amazon.com).
Follow your hair growth pattern: Going against the follicle's natural growth pattern may result in a closer shave, but it's also how most ingrown hairs form. That's because shaving against the grain of the hair can cut the hair shaft in an uneven way. "[And] the blunt-tipped ends of hairs can grow back into the skin rather than up and out," says Dr. Engelman. So, make sure you're following the direction that your hair grows in, especially in sensitive skin areas such as your bikini line. (And if you do end up getting ingrown hairs, this $8 "miracle" product might help kick 'em to the curb.)
Now that you know the basics, read up on the best electric razors for women that will simplify your hair removal routine. (Related: These Hair Removal Creams and Tools Make De-Fuzzing Your Face at Home So Easy)
The 9 Best Electric Razors for Women
- Best Overall: Panasonic Close Curves Electric Shaver
- Best for Sensitive Skin: Finishing Touch Flawless Body Shaver and Trimmer
- Best for Underarms: Philips Satinshave Electric Razor
- Best for Facial Hair and Brows: Conair Satiny Smooth Precision Trimmer
- Best for Bikini Line: Philips BikiniGenie Cordless Bikini Trimmer
- Best for Travel: Remington Smooth & Silky On the Go Shaver
- Best Value: Remington Smooth & Silky Body & Bikini Groomer Kit
- Best 2-in-1: Tencoz Electric Razor
- Best for Trimming: Conair Satiny Smooth All-In-One Shave & Trim System