How many times do you wake up, shave and shower, put on your clothes, go to work, and then you’re suddenly aware of how it feels like your face is on fire. Let’s face it guys, shaving sucks! About 15% of men won’t shave their faces due to the day-long pain they experience from shaving. The rashes, the break-outs, your collar scraping against your raw neck all day…
It doesn’t have to be this way!
Nearly all shaving pains and problems are caused by using a crappy razor. Not only that, we tend to use razors way beyond their useful life expectancy. How long do you think a razor is good for? The advice on the internet varies wildly from 3 shaves to 5 weeks. The reality is—and your experience will back this up—a razor loses its fine edge after about 10 shaves. After that, it starts to drag across your skin creating the typical razor burn, shaving induced acne and those ever-present cuts and nicks.
So in order to be good to your face, you might consider switching out razors after a little more than a week. On top of that, if your razors only come with two blades made out of cheap white plastic, you are pretty much destroying your skin. Think of it this way: these are the exact same shaving razors they hand out in prison… to convicted criminals! You are not a prisoner. You are better than that. Start taking care of your face and you will stay handsome well into your old age.
There are 4 typical types of razors for men. There are straight razors, safety razors, razors with disposable heads and razors that are completely disposable. There are others, but none you can easily find. Let’s look at the benefits of each type:
This could easily be the 20 best razors for men, but in the interest of creating an easy to understand list, we’ve picked our top favorites (plus we allow in a couple disposable razors just because we know sometimes it’s hard to start a new hobby).
Did you ever want to look like the biggest badass in the world when shaving? This exquisite beauty is exactly what you need. Now you can buy a straight razor that costs upwards of $300 so this one is a good place to start. Not only is it built to last forever with a Japanese carbon steel wedge, this is a professional piece of shaving equipment. It has an amazing feel in your hand and just the right weight to do the job right.
Keep in mind, there are no straight razors that come “shave ready” they all should be properly stropped every time you use them. Sure there are better straight razors on the market, but for the price and the quality (and the gorgeous box it comes in), this one is the best razor for men.
If this is your first trip in using a safety razor, this one is an excellent choice. Safety razors are measured on how “aggressive” they are. Some leave a very small space between the blade and the head (less aggressive). This one is right in the middle. It has a big handle so you feel like you’re in complete control and has a two piece assembly so changing out razor blades is much easier than with some other devices.
Keep in mind, if you feel that this razor is a little too aggressive (meaning it shaves too much leaving your skin sore), you can put in feather light blades to get an easier shave. Our favorites are the Wilkinson Sword razor blades to go easy on your sensitive skin.
So you’re a disposable razor guy? I don’t blame you. It’s super easy and the chances of you slicing your face with one of these is pretty slim. But if you gotta go with disposable, go with the ones with disposable heads and not the “throw the whole thing away” kind. Why? Because having a big heavy handle actually helps you have more control over the razor and this helps you get a better shave.
I think you’ll agree that Gillette makes all of the best disposable razors for men, but the Proshield Chill really is the one you should get excited about. This disposable cartridge razor as pretty much all the bells and whistles they could pack into a shaving device. As with all of the best razors for men, this one takes a little getting used to especially if what you’re using now is really lousy. Your first shave with this razor might feel a little aggressive to you, but you won’t be able to imagine how you lived without this razor after the second shave (and just about everyone after).
Now you’re talking! If you really must shave with disposable razors, you might as well get a seriously civilized handle to shave with. This beautiful razor works with the Gillette Fusion POWER disposable shave cartridges. Essentially, it vibrates. Now you might be sitting there wondering how a vibrating razor could do a better job than the non-vibratey kind and I really can’t even begin to tell you, but this really works!
I love my straight razor on those days where I have time and patience to do the job right, but when I’m in a hurry (or late for a date), this really is one of the best manual razors for men. The gentle vibrations seem to make for a much closer shave. I’m not sitting there swiping at my face over and over again just to get smooth. I’ve never cut myself or razor burned myself with this razor either. This handle is pretty expensive, but in my opinion and given how much I shave, it’s worth every penny to have something as cool as this in my daily routine. Those guys at the Art of Shaving really know what they’re doing.
Let’s face it, if you want to do it right, shaving is a very expensive daily chore. And given that razors really don’t last as long as you would hope for given how much you just paid for one, there just has to be a better way to make them stay sharper longer.
Well my friends, there is! Up above, when I listed the best straight razor for men, there was a word in there called STROP. A strop is that usually leather strap that you run your straight razor back and forth over to put an amazingly sharp edge on your blade. This is why investing in a straight razor is so awesome. You are sharpening it before every shave so it lasts forever. So how does this help you if you are using disposable razors? The same science works no matter what kind of a blade you are using.
Safety blades and disposable razors can be stropped too.
Check out the ShaveFace Strop Deluxe Leather and Denim Razor Blade Sharpener for Disposable Razors. It’s not the leather kind you’ve seen on old movies because disposable razors don’t require such an abrasive surface. What you do is hang this cool looking device on a towel rack and push your razor against it in an upwards motion. This would be the opposite direction that you shave with. Do this a bout 5 or 10 times before every shave and this puts a fine edge on your best razor for men, realigns all of the blades and cleans any debris from between the razors. The result is that you have a disposable razor that lasts three times long than what you are used to. This strop is worth every penny and will be one of those things in your life that will constantly impress you with how much money it saves you.
Excluding those who don’t shave for religious reasons, about 90% of men shave weekly. Most do it every day and they shave for the rest of their lives. The remaining 10% either don’t shave because they hate the discomfort of shaving or they’re in a cool biker gang.
Do you really want to go through the rest of your life feeling like your face is burning off every time you use that lousy manual razor? Sure, each of the products listed cost as much as a whole box of 200 prisoner razors, but they give you control over something you just assumed you’d have to live with the rest of your life. A wise person said that you should always spend a lot of money on your shoes and your mattress because if you’re not in one, then you’re in the other. I would add a really high quality shaving razor for men to that list because none of us deserve to go through life with a never-ending pain on our faces and necks.
Spend a little money now on one of our best razors for men and you will not only feel like a badass every time you shave, you face will feel amazing after every shave. It’s the civilized thing to do…
It is estimated that a typical man with shave at least 20 thousand times in his life! So figuring out the best shaving cream and the best razor for men is really important. In fact, most shaving accidents are caused by either dull blades or by not properly preparing your skin before you shave. Before we examine your choice in razor, let’s first prepare your skin for an amazing shave.
There are dozens of ingredients that go into a high quality shaving cream. Some of them are very important. Others are there to help with the whole foaming process, add a smoother glide, or help preserve the cream from separating or going bad.
In most typical shaving creams, most of the following ingredients are present: water, stearic acid, myristic acid, potassium hydroxide, coconut acid, glycerin, triethanolamine, some kind of pleasant fragrance and sodium hydroxide. The function of most of these items is to create fatty acids that provide that smooth feel when shaving. The worst thing that can happen during shaving is that “scratchy” feel that’s actually damaging your skin. So these ingredients combined provide an inorganic base that suspends the fatty acids and triglycerides to create a chemical reaction that softens your skin for shaving and helps your razor glide over the surface without tearing or slicing the skin.
There are very specific reasons for each one of these ingredients to show up in shaving cream for men, but for now, all you need to be concerned with is the purity of each product. Obviously, lower quality ingredients provide for a lower quality (and possibly dangerous) shave. If you’ve ever been in a place without shave cream and used bar soap instead, you can definitely remember feeling your face and neck burning all day as a result. Low quality shaving lotions and creams can provide the exact same painful results or allergic reactions so it is vital you get the best men’s shaving cream you can afford.
It is important to be aware that some shave creams and gels are made for a very specific type of skin. Before ordering any products, you should understand your skin. This is particularly important since the best shaving cream for oily skin will definitely not be the best shaving cream for sensitive skin. Men will tell you that sensitive skin men’s shaving cream will possibly make oily skin break out with acne due to the extra fat in the formulation to make the razor glide smoother. Men will also tell you shaving cream for oily skin will dry out sensitive skin pretty quickly making matters even worse.
If you have acne prone skin, some of the more luxurious shaving creams might only make your skin break out more frequently. And if you have sensitive skin, the cheap creams and gels will damage your sore skin even further. A good measure to tell if a shaving cream will hurt your sensitive skin is to ask yourself one question, “Did my grandfather use this same shave cream?” None of the “old formulation” (or old school!) shaving creams have the technology to help your sensitive skin. If you’re still rocking the Barbasol, of course your face feels like it’s been shredded by badgers. Stop it!
You might also be allergic to one or several ingredients in your current shaving cream. Think about it. You put warm water on your face to open the pores to get a closer shave. All shave creams are formulated to penetrate into your pores and soften the whiskers. If you’re allergic to any of these ingredients, you are essentially irritating your face even further. Then you shave exposing a more sensitive layer of unprotected skin. No wonder your face feels like it’s surviving a second degree burn all day long!
So if you suffer from shaving every day, the best shaving cream for sensitive skin men need most should be free of many of the following harsh chemicals and ingredients:
Keep in mind, you might only experience a reaction to one or two of the agents on this list—the most obvious one being the fragrance. But when it comes down to it, why take the risk? Why expose yourself to ingredients you can’t even pronounce that might be getting soaked up into your skin?
Generally, the first 5 ingredients listed on the back of the product make up the majority of the ingredients. The best shaving cream for men won’t have any strange chemicals in their main ingredients. If anything creepy shows up at the beginning, it’s probably not good for your skin. Some manufacturers will say “sulfate-free” or “something-free” on the label. This is also a good place to start.
The following is a comparison of the 5 best men’s shaving creams in order from our most to least favorite. Just about any of these shave creams, cakes and gels will make your skin squeal with delight. We recommend trying the one most suitable for your skin first and when that runs out, pick another one on this list. The average man will spend 60 hours shaving each year (and about a third of the year in pain if he chooses the wrong shaving cream!). Find the perfect shaving cream for your face and you will live a happy life. And for the love of all that is holy… don’t grow a beard! How uncivilized!
Have you ever had a shave so close and so refreshing that you felt like crying?!! This stuff is like lathering liquid gold onto your face. And even if you’re not using the sharpest razor, it still glides across your skin like an ice skater.
If you are really looking for an other-worldly shaving experience, this is the best shaving cream men who are sick of acne breakouts and razor burns recommend the most. And out of all these creams, Blenheim Bouquet has the best scent. Your significant other will definitely want to get closer to your baby smooth face.
This men’s shaving cream goes against everything written previously. For one, Truefitt & Hill has been around forever. It’s likely your civilized GREAT grandfather used this shaving cake on his face (and loved it!). Plus it does have Triethanolamine so guys with sensitive faces beware. But who cares! This shaving cream is the one most people choose as their favorite brand once they have tried all the others.
Keep in mind this is a shave cake so you will need a really nice badger brush for shaving to get the most creamy foam out of this. This is that product that will literally make you say, “I will never go back to lousy shave creams again.” It really is that good. The fragrance is subtle and clean and much more understated than Blenheim Bouquet. If you plan on staying with the store bought razors, this one will be the shave cream you will use for the rest of your life. Prepare to love shaving again…
Another shave cake but so much different from the other two. This is a glycerin-based product that really moisturizes your skin deeply. If shaving dries out your face, this is the product you should look for.
The best thing about this shaving cream is that you only need a tiny amount to get rich slippery foam so you might end up loving this for a very long time. It’s also the best shaving cream for sensitive skin out of all of these.
It would be impossible to create a list of excellent shaving creams without a Burt’s Bees product. These guys rarely (possibly never?) put any toxic chemicals in their products. Plus this one has Calendula extract which works beautifully on your skin.
Does your face ache after shaving? The Calendula in this shaving cream serves as an anti-inflammatory agent that soothes any itching and pain. As with most Burt’s Bees skin care items, the scent is very mild if you can smell it at all.
OK, so the rest of these shave creams feature all the slippery goodness you need to have a luxurious shave that keeps your face feeling refreshed and clean all day long. Now we need one that really makes you smell like a civilized man! Havana by Barberry Coast Shave Company has all those voluptuous scents that will make your lover’s knees buckle! Listen to this: “an intoxicating blend of opulent tobacco leaf, and crushed cocoa beans that are reminiscent of old Havana charm and glamour.
Creamy island vanilla laced with natural oils of patchouli and Peruvian clove.” I know, some of you just read the word “patchouli” and instantly thought, “No way! I don’t want to smell like a hippy.” Let me tell you, it really works in this blend. It’s very subtle and guides you nose on a little tour of a quaint little rum bar on the coast of Cuba. You’ll love the shave you get from Havana too. This really is a fantastic product (although the packaging is a little cheap).
As you can see from this list there are no great shaving creams that squirt out of a can! Besides making you look completely clueless and common, these creams require tons of chemicals so that the ingredients don’t react with the can, so that it will stay foamy for YEARS, and to squirt out the cream. Basically, if it comes out of a can, you are shaving toxic chemicals into your skin every day for the rest of your life. Beyond that, they pretty much all make you smell like your grandfather and leave your face feeling like it was melted by acid.
In order to take part in civilized skin care, you must keep one mantra in your mind always:
1. Only use the best products on your skin
2. Limit your exposure to chemicals
3. Get a really high-end razor and either switch out the razors weekly or sharpen it before every shave
4. Get a good skin conditioner to put on after you shave
Seriously, kids, a man spends 3,300 hours or 138 days of his life shaving his whiskers. If you take care of these easy items, you will stay looking young well into your 60’s and beyond. Don’t think it’s important? If you look like your 60 in you sixties, you will never be able to date 30-year-olds! Let that sink in, sir!