Trust Me, Not All Razors Are Made Equal—These Are the Best for Silky-Smooth Skin

I know it’s not a particularly glamorous thing to admit, but I am a hairy gal. My hair is thick, dark and grows at a very impressive rate. It’s not something that I have ever felt particularly self-conscious of, mind you. Rather it’s just a part of life that I have come to accept. Body hair is, after all, very normal. 

Having said that, I wish I could be one of those people who embrace it because I really have zero hang-ups with the way it looks. The truth is though, I find body hair uncomfortable and as a result, do everything I can to get rid of it. I’ve tried waxing, sugaring, laser and threading, meaning that my pursuit for silky-smooth skin has cost me a bomb over the years. And while I have always been impressed with the results of the aforementioned hair removal methods, I must admit that they are painfully expensive in both time and energy, too.


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When lockdown hit in 2020 and I couldn’t get into a salon for my usual appointments, I returned to shaving. As first, I found it a nuisance. My legs were constantly rashy, irritateddry and speckled with red inflammation. But with some serious spare time on my hands, I started to do some research into what makes for the ultimate shaving routine.

I spoke to virtually every hair removal expert I know and asked them where I was going wrong. The feedback was unanimous: while a good pre-and-post-shave routine will help keep skin soft, the key to a quick, easy and successful shave is down to the razor you use. So, I decided to do some market research. Over the the course of the past two years, I have tried virtually every razor out there and have subsequently developed a list of the very best around.

Since discovering the best razors, I haven’t felt the need to book in for a single wax or laser appointment. In fact, I am more than happy to keep shaving for the rest of my life. Whatever your skin type or hair removal preference, keep scrolling to discover the 7 best razors.

1. Estrid The Razor Starter Kit

2. Gillette Venus Extra Smooth Sensitive Razor

3. Wilkinson Sword Intuition Complete Women's Razor

4. Gillette Venus Comfortglide Coconut Razor

5. BIC Soleil Scent Disposable Women's Razors

6. Gillette Venus Extra Smooth Razor

7. Flamingo Razor

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Freelance Beauty Editor

Shannon Lawlor is a renowned beauty journalist and has contributed to Who What Wear’s beauty content since 2020. As a leading beauty editor, expert and brand consultant, she has over eight years of experience working for some of the industry’s most esteemed titles, including Who What Wear (of course), Glamour UK, Stylist, Refinery29 and Fabulous. Having also worked behind the scenes with some of the industry’s biggest brands and retailers, Shannon has a unique insight into what people really want from their beauty routines. Understanding that beauty lovers seek honest, open and responsible advice, she has it made her mission to demystify the intimidating world of beauty, taking a no-frills approach to the most relatable topics. While Shannon is the first to admit she doesn’t hold the answer to every beauty question out there, she is dedicated to sharing her expert insights in a bid to help. As a self-proclaimed lazy girl, Shannon has an affinity for easy-to-use, foolproof beauty products and has made it her mission to scope out the best of the best. When she’s not working, Shannon is likely soaking in the bath or giving no-holds-barred beauty reviews on Instagram from her bathroom floor.