There are a few things that we all take for granted when we use an electric shaver. For example, I never thought about how the blades were sharpened in my old razor and assumed they would be perpetually in perfect condition.
That’s not the case with an electric shaver because you have to change out the blades periodically which can get expensive if you shave often.
Nobody likes those nicks and cuts from using a manual razor either! I’m going to share some tips on how to get that perfect shave without any pain or problems.
Step 1: Preparing to Shave
Electric shavers are much more convenient than manual razors because they don’t require any shaving cream or water. You may not even need to use a mirror if you have good eyesight and can see clearly at arm’s length.
Before making the first pass, your electric razor must be charged to 100% before you start. If it’s not fully charged, the motor will struggle with the resistance of your hair and cause discomfort.
Step 2: Wash your Face
Before shaving, it’s important to wash your face with a facial cleanser and warm water. This will soften the hair on your face so that you get as close to a shave as possible without irritating or cutting yourself.
Step 3: Allow your face to adjust
If you’ve ever shaved your face with a manual razor, it’s important to remember that your skin will take some time to adjust. It may also be slightly reddened after the first shave, so don’t worry!
Step 4: Use a pre-shave oil
Before applying shaving cream, it’s important to apply a pre-shave oil. This will allow the blades of your electric shaver to glide smoothly over your skin without pulling or irritating you as they cut through the hairs on your face.
Step 5: Shave with the Grain from your ear to your jaw
For most men, shaving in this direction will be sufficient; however, some require an even closer shave. If that’s you, then I suggest repeating step one and going against the grain for a second pass.
Be very careful when doing so because this action will increase your chances of getting nicked and cut.
Step 6: Choosing your shaver
When it comes to choosing an electric shaver, there are several factors that you may want to consider. For example, if your beard is relatively thick and coarse then I would suggest a foil shaver over rotary because the foils will cut more evenly with less irritation.
If you have very sensitive skin or suffer from ingrown hairs, then you will want to invest in a shaver that has built-in skin guards. This way, the blades won’t tug on your hair and cause discomfort or irritation.
Foil shaver vs electric rotary razor
If you have very thick hair, then I would suggest that you purchase an electric rotary shaver. Not only will these blades be able to cut your facial hair without tugging on it; they are also great at maneuvering around the curves of your face and neck.
Rotary shavers are also more forgiving when it comes to shaving against the grain. If you do so, then I would recommend taking a back and forth motion rather than doing one long swipe across your face for an even closer shave without getting cut or nicked.
In addition, rotary razors are much better at cutting hair that is growing in different directions. This means you will be able to cut your hair so short that it won’t even grow back for several days!
Don’t forget to clean your shaver after every use!
If you want the perfect shave, then your electric razor must be cleaned and oiled after every use. This way, the blades will be able to cut efficiently without tugging or irritating your skin.
In addition, not cleaning out the hairs from a dirty razor can result in the blades rusting and becoming dull. This will decrease their overall lifespan while also increasing your chances of getting cut or nicked!
Lastly, make sure to apply an aftershave balm with aloe vera to close up any pores that you’ve opened up during shaving. Failure to do so could lead to ingrown hairs, irritation, and a lot of discomforts!