It definitely helps! I'm the kind of person who always tends to nick themselves while shaving because of how dry my skin is - even though I use lotion! Since I started using the Venus, I have not gotten 1 cut or burn from shaving. It really is that good!
I can say any of the gillette razors, with the lotion bars, has irritated my skin. They give me razor burn and makes me get very red. I do enjoy the venus embrace, it works well and leaves my skin smooth.