It’s a question that pops up quite often. You have a nice new electric shaver, your first one, and you’re wondering what the best technique is to shave. It’s also a question you may have asked after years of saving.
Well, in this post I’m going to run through, what I consider, the best way to shave with an electric shaver. I spent some time researching it myself as wet shavers bring me out in a rash.
First, make sure its clean
Before you start shaving, you want to make sure electric shaver blades and blades housing is clean. Ideally, you would have cleaned it after your last use – but in case you didn’t spend a moment doing that. What you won’t want is to have it clogged and then start pulling the hairs our rather than cutting them.
A clean razor is a healthy razor and a healthier face.
Face wet or dry?
So, many of the newer electric razors can be used wet or dry. In fact, many advertise themselves with balms, etc in them. From my experience and the research I have done, it’s better to shave your face dry with an electric razor. Why, well the is because skin tends to be slightly swollen after washing.
So, shaving dry is much better.
So, what technique should you use?
This could be debated in great depth as I presume many of us can use razors in different ways. After researching this I found the following best solution. You should hold the shaver at a right angle (that’s 90°) to your skin and shave against the direction of beard growth.
I also read that avoiding going over the same areas repeatedly increases your chances of avoiding skin irritation. The more we do to avoid skin irritation the better.
One other great point I found is to stretch the skin with your free hand before shaving extra sensitive areas or places that need a closer shave. Doing this will ensures a smooth glide across your skin.
When you are shaving, remember to keep an even pressure as you shave. This is so that you shave evenly. There is no need to push hard like with a manual razor.
But how do I find the direction of my beard growth
The best way to find out the direction of your beard growth, or grain of your facial hair, is to simply run your hand through it. If you feel one direction giving more resistance than the other, you’ll know that you are going against the grain.
Once you know which is against the grain of your beard, this is the direction you will use our razor in.
Cut straight or use a circular motion
So, when you are shaving with the electric razor, do you cut straight against the grain or use a circular motion? Well, the answer is that it depends.
If you’re using a foil razor, so those with a foil all the way across the razor, then you will shave against the grain using straight shaving motions.
If you’re using a rotary razor, so those that have 3 round (for example) foils and blades, then you use a circular motion to shave.
So, post-shave care is as important as shaving itself. You want to make sure you don’t irritate the freshly shaven face. So, for a start do not use any alcohol based aftershave.
You can use fresh warm water to clean your face. You may also want to use a post-shave balm to calm and freshen the skin.
Finally, you need to clean the razor to ensure it’s longevity for further use.
So should I get a foil or rotary razor?
So, now that you have a better idea of using an electric razor, the next question is should you buy a foil or rotary razor?
Personally, I have owned and used both. The ratio of owning is probably 75% rotary against 25% foil. This is not to say that the foil razors I owned were not good – its just that I prefer using a rotary razor.
In the end, it’s really down to personal taste. Everyone has their own preference, mine is rotary. If you’re curious to try, then why not buy a cheaper model of both a foil and rotary; try them out and see which one you prefer and which one is more suited to your facial hair.
So, in conclusion
I hope this post has given you some pointers, pointers if you’ve never used an electric razor and maybe some pointers which you may not have thought about even if you have used an electric razor before.
Amazingly, shaving is more complicated than just putting the razor on your face. It really makes a difference in the direction you cut it if you use circular or straight cuts and so much more.
It is also very important to not irritate the skin when finished. I hope this helped, and if so please do share.