Laser hair removal is expensive and sugaring and waxing are not only abrasive, they’re really painful, too! Which brings us to the good old (well, hopefully not old) trusted razor. While the drugstore staple hasn’t had much in the way of innovation in the past decade, not all razors are created equal.
“Patients often see me for concerns of ingrown hairs, dry skin, small itchy bumps or pimples after shaving,” says Dr. Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, clinical instructor at Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine and dermatologist at Marmur Medical. “The key to shaving is ensuring that the skin barrier is healthy and strong. Most people don’t realize the importance of moisturizing the skin as a key step with shaving.” So, even if you’re in a rush, don’t dry shave! “Since shaving can cause irritation on the skin with cuts, razor burn and ingrown hairs, prepping with a gentle moisturizing shave gel is important while shaving.” To extend the wear of your razor, keep it dry to avoid rust and, unless you have super sensitive skin, shave in the opposite direction of hair growth.
Now that you’re prepped and ready, here’s a look at the eight best drugstore razors.