All electric razors aren’t the same, so learning how to make the most of yours may seem like a frustrating problem. But don’t worry, you don’t have to be a NASA scientist to gain an excellent shave using your electric razor. If you follow our simple guide, you can learn how to use your electric razor to its fullest potential.
Choosing the Right Shaver
If you haven’t already purchased an electric shaver, you’ll want to look at several different ones to decide which is best for you. You can even check out this post if you’d like to learn more about a Braun shaver. Ask your friends or men you know on social media for recommendations. Visit men’s forums or magazines and read up on electric razors.
Keep in mind that most electric razors are intended for dry shaving. However, newer models are now available that you can use for a wet shave.
Before All, Wash Your Face
Warm water will soften your beard as well as remove dirt and debris from the outer layer of skin. You can use a facial cleanser if you prefer. If you have sensitive skin, there are products out there for you as well. When you don’t have time to shower before shaving, place a warm, damp washcloth on your face before shaving. This allows the hair to absorb water so the hair will be easier to cut.
Allow Your Face Time
When switching from a bladed razor to an electric model, it will take your skin some time to adjust. While in this adjustment period, oil from your face will blend with those in your shaver. For the first couple of weeks, you might experience uneven shave, razor bumps, and minor skin irritation.
Always Use a Pre-Shave Product
Choose a pre-shave product that contains alcohol (and not the kind you drink!). This ensures removal of oils and dirt from the skin and will help the hair to stand up straight. Many of these shaving products contain vitamin E to reduce skin irritation. There are also products like pre-shave optimizer that will increase your shaver’s effectiveness.
Learn the Direction of Your Beard’s Growth
To learn the direction your beard grows, rub your face. If it feels smooth, that’s considered to be “with the grain”. When it feels rough, you’re rubbing “against the grain”. This rule is true for straight, curly, or coarse hair. When you learn the direction your beard grows, you can avoid razor burn and ingrown hairs.
How to Choose Between Foil and Rotary Razors
Rotary shavers have spinning heads and usually give you a closer shave. A foil shaver often has 3 or 4 blades and covers more area more quickly, but pulls the hair up and can pinch the skin.
Replace Your Blades Before You Think You Need To
Depending on how tough your beard is, a foil shaver will need its foil changed every year or so. When you find yourself having to press harder to achieve the same shave, you probably need to change the foil. Skin irritation is an excellent indicator that you need to replace the foil. Rotary blades should be replaced every year. Consult your owner’s manual for specific part numbers.
Use Proper Shaving Technique
Each type of electric razor uses a different technique, so be aware of this when you shave. For a rotary shaver, short, circular motions produce the best shave. Just remember not to shave over and over the same area, as this can lead to irritation. Foil shavers are meant to be used with a back-and-forth motion. Make sure to keep your razor clean.
Hold the razor in your dominant hand and use the other hand to pull your skin tight, maximizing the surface area the razor touches. Shave with the grain of your beard to reduce irritation. Start with your cheeks and the sides of your face, then move on to your sideburns, the area above your lip, and then your chin. Finally, shave your neck area.
Always Use an Appropriate Aftershave
Using an aftershave lotion is particularly important when you’ve used a pre-shave product with alcohol since the alcohol will dry your skin. It also medicates and moisturizes your skin to help prevent issues like rash and razor burn. There are also products available for men with sensitive skin.
Clean and Lubricate Your Razor
Most electric razors have removeable heads for easy cleaning. This removes hair and grime from the blades to keep them sharp. Foil razors should be lubricated through the screen while the razor is running. Don’t wipe off the excess oil. In the event you develop a rash after using a new lubricant, discontinue use and try to get the same brand you used before.
Using an electric razor isn’t rocket science, but by using our handy guide, you’ll be able to easily achieve the perfect shave. Getting the most out of your electric shaver saves you time, protects your skin, and makes you look great!