How To Use An Electric Shaver

The Rules of Electric Shaving You Need to Know

Like in any other activity, there are provided guidelines in shaving. Following the rules of using an electric shaver ensures that the device does not leave you with unattractive bumps or cuts. An electric shaver when well used will provide a close cut, without turning the grooming process into a blood bath.

Here are some tips and rules to follow.

1) Your hair should be short

For a dry shave, you need to ensure that your facial hair is not too long. It should be stubble. Long hair will be uncomfortable to shave and could lead to unattractive skin bumps. Use a trimmer first, and then get to the shaver when the hair is short enough. Most electric shavers will come with an inbuilt trimmer.

2) The stubble should be stiff and dry

In dry shaving, most electric savers will produce better results if your hair is dry and stiff. But your stubble will have the skin’s natural oil. Make sure you clean it with an alcohol-based pre-electric shave product. If the alcohol is irritating, a powder-based substitute will work great.

3) Prepare well for a wet shave

Most electric shavers are great with dry shaving, but new models provide the option of getting a wet shave. A wet shave will generally take more time. Use warm water and a cleanser to wash your face and remove excess oil. An alcohol-based pre-shave product can do the trick too. Massage some foam or gel onto your face and neck before shaving and leave it on for around five minutes to allow the hair to soften.

4) Use the right angle

To get maximum shave per stroke, hold the device at a right angle using your dominant hand. With your free hand, pull your skin so that it’s tight and your hair strands upright. When the skin is taut, the device has maximum contact with your skin, minimizes snagging and saves on shaving time. Move the machine against the direction of your hair growth for a close shave. For a foil shaver use back and forth motions and circular motions when working with a rotary shaver.

5) Tackle the sensitive skin first

Electric shavers are motorized and will generate heat as they operate. It can irritate sensitive areas of your skin, such as your neck. Always tackle these delicate parts first when the device is still cool. To avoid further irritation, try not go over the same spot repeatedly, and use light pressure.

6) Keep the machine spotless

If your device is going to last for some time and perform optimally, proper maintenance is vital. If any part wears off, replace it. Clean the machine as specified by the manufacturer to avoid damaging any delicate components. If it comes with a cleaning brush, use it after every shave and avoid tapping the device at the edge of the sink. Lubricate the metal pieces of the cutter and screen using the lubricant recommended by the manufacturer.

7) Replace the necessary parts regularly

Foil shavers, unlike rotary shavers, require regular replacing, preferably every one to two years. But it will depend on the toughness of your stubble. A worn out shaver will require more force when shaving. Using more force means more irritation on the skin, resulting in skin bumps. You will find details on replacement in the user’s guide. Follow the instructions provided.

8) Practice mindfulness

To get the job done right, with no cuts and nicks, you need to focus on what you are doing fully. For instance, you will need to adjust the length of your strokes depending on the area you are shaving. The direction of your hair growth will also change on different parts, requiring that you constantly adjust the course of your shave.

9) Be patient

If you are switching from using wet razors to using an electric shaver, some irritation may occur at first. Your skin at this stage will be trying to get used to the new shaving technique and the heat produced by the device. Give yourself several weeks to adjust. And be sure to shave against the direction of your hair growth using minimum pressure to get satisfactory results.

10) Practice aftershave skincare

It is essential to moisturize your skin properly after a shave. It is especially important if you have used an alcohol-based pre-shave. The pre-shave dries out your skin. If your skin is sensitive, a specialist can advise on the best aftershave for your skin type. The aftershave will give your face a fresh scent while avoiding infections.

Three things are important when working with an electric shaver, the process of preparing to shave, the actual shaving, and post-shave treatment; follow these guidelines for excellent results. Be sure to clean the device as instructed in the manual, using the utmost care, and the cleaning materials provided and recommended.

Differences between shaving with a manual razor and an electric razor

There are majorly two ways of shaving, by working with a manual razor or using an electric razor. Although both methods achieve the same goal, major differences exist in their mode of operation.

1) Preparation

A manual razor works well under wet skin conditions. It requires spending a significant amount of time wetting and lathering your face. You will need to use creams and soaps that come as an additional cost. And there is a risk that the products may not work well with your skin type, resulting in irritations.

On the other hand, an electric razor will only require the use of an alcohol-based pre-shave product, which some manufacturers will provide with the device. The pre-shave removes dirt and sebum from the skin and hair.

2) Nicks and cuts

Manual razors can be a disposable cartridge razor or a double-edged razor blade held by a steel device. In either case, you will be using an unguarded blade which provides a close shave, but the possibility of getting nicks and cuts is high.

Electric shavers come in two forms, a foil shaver, which uses oscillating blades beneath a foil and a rotary shaver that uses a series of internally rotating blades under slotted heads. Although electric shavers will not provide a shave as close as that of a manual razor, the risk of cuts and nicks is very low.

3) Durability and Maintenance

You can expect to change a manual razor every week, while a quality electric razor can last seven to ten years, with the replacement parts taking one to two years. Electric razors will also require regular cleaning and maintenance, unlike manual razors.

Electric razors run on batteries or electricity. They will require a change of batteries or regular charging to operate, a task that is not required with manual razors.


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About the Author Harry Thompson

Gaining a BSc Honours in building/ property maintenance at the University of Portsmouth Harry went into the field of renovating properties. Along the journey, he has developed a wide variety of home & garden DIY skills such as installing new kitchens and landscaping gardens.