by Staff Writer
Shaving with an electric razor is generally a simple process. But 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 will show you how to make the process simple.
Choose a good razor. Many different types of electric shavers are available. They come in a range of prices and with many different 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.
Prepare your face. It is 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 a closer shave.
Find a shaving technique that works for you. Many men say that shaving against hair growth can help promote a close shave, while others report irritation when shaving this way. Everyone is different and all skin types vary greatly, so it is a good idea to try several methods to find the one that is best for you.
Moisturize. Applying an aftershave or moisturizer after shaving can help hydrate and protect the skin. There are also after-shave products that help slow hair growth for longer lasting smoothness. You might consider purchasing an after-shave from your favorite cologne brand to make applying scent quick and easy.
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 available, too.
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.