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How to Shave with an Electric Razor

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Published November 25, 2009 | Updated June 17, 2015

Shaving with an electric razor is generally a simple process. However, if you are new to electric shavers, you might be unsure of how to use one. You might also be questioning whether or not they are right for you. These tips will help you decide if you are ready to make the move to shaving with an electric razor and show you how to keep the process simple.

Shaving with an Electric Razor

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  1. Choose a Good Razor

    Many different types of electric shavers are available. They range in price and each come with a variety of features. Foil razors and rotary razors are the two traditional head styles. Foil razors have one to three straight rows of moving blades, while rotary razors have three rotating circular blades. There are razors that are specifically designed for thick hair, razors with self-cleaning systems, and even electric shavers that hold and dispense shaving cream and water. The razor you choose will depend on your needs, your budget, and your hair type.

  2. Prepare Your Face

    It's helpful to wash your face before using an electric shaver. The warm water opens the pores and softens the hair follicle. Pre-shave cleansers can give you an even closer shave by helping the hairs to stand up. Shaving right after showering can also help you get a close shave. After washing your face, be sure to dry it fully, unless you have a waterproof razor. Some electric razors can be used with shaving cream, water, and other products, but be sure to carefully consult the manufacturer's instructions before using anything with your electric razor. Applying a pre-shave lotion or cream can help remove excess oil from your face for an even closer shave.

  3. Find a Shaving Technique That Works for You

    Shaving against hir growth seems to provide a closer shave, but also increases the likelihood of razor burn. If you have sensitive skin, or are trying an electric shaver for the first time, it might be a good idea to shave with your hair growth. Everyone is different, with varying skin types, so try a few methods to find the one that is right for you.

  4. Moisturize

    Applying an aftershave or moisturizer post-shave can help hydrate and protect the skin. There are also aftershave products that help slow hair growth for longer lasting smoothness. You might consider purchasing a product from your favorite cologne brand to make your aftershave your own.

Shaving Tips

Keeping your electric razor's blades clean will help prolong the life of the shaver and also consistently give you a close shave. Self-cleaning shavers are also available.

You might find that your skin needs an adjustment period to get used to shaving with an electric razor. Don't give up on electric shaving right away; take a little time to see if it suits you.

Replace dull blades and thin screens about every year to ensure that you obtain a good shave and avoid facial irritation.