Gillette SkinGuard Sensitive Review

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The SkinGuard handle is non-flexball. I've not tried the SkinGuard cartridge with a flexball handle. I guess there's a reason.

Certainly agree - the shave is not especially close, but probably good enough. I do a single pass, whatever the format: cartridge, DE, SE, straight. I'm still on my first SkinGuard cartridge having shaved with it for well over a month now with only a handful of days where I haven't shaved. I can't say that I find missing areas or any unevenness but for someone who would otherwise shave every other day with an SE (and the ProGlide cartridge I was using prior to the SkinGuard), it's every day with this cartridge.
 
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I bought the carts only so placed one onto flexball handle I already had. I don’t imagine anything earth shattering happening were I to use a Gillette fixed handle instead
 
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Either way, not enamoured with it ... doubtful I'll buy more of that cartridge.

I think the Guard is a better recommendation for sensitive skin - single blade, forgiving to folks who press too hard, doesn't go too close if shaving against the grain, permits polishing and gives a close enough shave to be presentable.

I'll no doubt carry on with this specific cartridge and then go back to the ProGlides I was shaving with before.
 
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Having a run of cartridge shaves out of curiosity as I get irritation with a DE regardless of what I do (Polsilver SI blade left my face red raw for ages, and no I wasn’t pressing too hard or going ATG!) Pleased enough with a couple of Mach 3 ones, but just had another go with the Skinguard. I am a massive non-fan of this nonsense cart.

Feels ok at time of use, soon after skin is quite irritated (isn’t this meant to have the opposite effect?) with bumps galore. Did 2 x WTG pass and then an XTG pass as it looked like I hadn’t shaved. Couple of hours post shave I notice I have black spike marks all over the place. Probably one of the most ineffective cartridges out there. I think I’d even take a 5 blade Fusion over this
 
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Two and a half months on, the top gloop strip has just dropped out.

I've had probably 35-40 shaves off this initial cartridge and consider it got better over time. Perhaps that's just me getting more used to the format or perhaps as the blades dull, more pressure can be applied. Either way, the shaves I've been getting for the last couple of months have been perfectly acceptable - not close, but close enough. I can equate the results with the Gillette Guard.

Off a single pass, as I do with all razors, it's okay. Growth after a day would certainly warrant daily shaving, if not twice daily if you were after smoothness. I've shaved daily over this period as well as every other day when presentation has not especially mattered.

I've not encountered irritation or ingrowers, the latter to which I am quite prone. Wearing a sweaty fencing mask with reasonable frequency and for prolonged periods, I can get in a mess around my chin/jawline if I don't pick and choose my shaves carefully. With the Fusion Sensitive, I've just shaved and got on with it ... I guess that's an endorsement, of sorts.

That said, I'd still recommend the Guard for all of the reasons that Gillette have brought this razor to market.
 
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... and that's the introductory cartridge done. More than 50 shaves and just this last week I got a few ingrowers around my chin line and so I've decided to bin the cartridge. It didn't feel particularly spent and may well have gone on for 60, maybe 70 shaves, but I'm (a) bored, and (b) not chancing it.

I've broken out a fresh original Fusion cartridge (the orange one) and can most certainly feel is it very keep compared to the Sensitive cartridge that I've just finished. I have to say, the shaves were very comfortable and I am tempted to buy in a pack of these cartridges. For folks who don't like or don't want dolphin smooth, this cartridge does it right ... close enough, presentable and consistent when shaving every day or every other day.

That said, echoing my comment directly above: I'd still recommend the Guard for all of the reasons that Gillette have brought this razor to market.
 
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The only cartridge I use on ocassions is the WS Hydro but I think the next time I am in Tesco I shall use some of my food allowance and give this Skinguard a trial.

It is probably more for my wife as she uses the cartridge razors and who blames her? Any DE or SE would be far too much and she would never forgive me for any blood drawn. She does use OSP creams and a brush though having a preference over anything from a pressurised can.
 
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IMHO gillette with this razor has failed big time at a technical level . Why? Because although the basic concept is valid (less blades -> less irritation, ingrown hairs etc) * according to me * al this is invalidated, mechanically, by the presence of the central bar I mean ... these modern multi-blade blades are (seen from the side) practically buried in these huge plastic cartridges, so they already have almost no exposure to the skin, plus safety bars are added and combined with emollient strips etc. All this does nothing but INCREASE the relative distance of the blades t to the skin and therefore it decreases the depth of shaving. Apparently according to "Gillette team" (LOL) this is wanted by design "to meet the needs of people with sensitive skin ". Now, excuse me but it's a load of BS. If I buy a razor that costs me 30 euros per set of 4 at least I expect it to deliver an extra-close BBS.. ... This is obviously not the case here - as reported by many peoplen pissed off on amazon.com reviews and other sites due to the aforementioned flawed design choice .
 
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... although for folks that do suffer ingrown hairs, it's a boon. Those disappointed folks should buy the regular Fusion 5. Read the packaging and make your choice. Simple.
 
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