For the best shaving results, read on for our top tips for using an electric shaver
Unless you’re using a wet and dry electric shaver, then you’ll get much better results if your stubble is as dry as possible. Use an alcohol-based pre-electric shave lotion which will clean your face of dirt and sebum (the skin’s natural oil) for a smoother more effective shave. Most pre-shave lotions are also formulated with ingredients like vitamin E to keep your skin protected and irritation to a minimum.
Use the correct technique
Hold the shaver at right angles to your face, and use your free hand to pull your skin taught as you shave so the hairs stand upright. This will ensure maximum contact with the skin, reduce shaving time and minimise snagging. Foil shavers work best using just back-and-forth strokes, while rotary shavers should also be used with circular motions.
The heat is on…stay cool!
The motors in most shavers generate a degree of heat when they are in use – this can cause irritation for sensitive skin. So always tackle sensitive areas like the neck first while the shaver is still cool, keep the pressure light and don’t go over the same spot too many times.
Shavers will perform better if properly maintained and any worn out parts are replaced. Many now come with their own cleaning systems – if your shaver comes with a cleaning system then use it. Proper maintenance will help to deliver a better shave, and it will also prolong the life of the shaver, too. Use the cleaning brush provided to remove any dust from the cutters and foil after each shave. Remember: the cutting heads are often delicate and easily damaged – so never tap the shaver on the edge of the sink to remove residues.
Foils and cutting blades will need replacing every 1–2 years, depending on the toughness of your stubble. If you start to feel like you need to press harder to get a decent shave, or your skin has started to show signs of irritation, then it’s time to replace any foils or cutters. Details of replacement parts come with the manual so make sure you keep the information safe.
Stick with it
If you’re new to electric shaving then your skin can take several weeks to adjust to the new shaving technique. Be patient and stick with it, even if you experience some mild irritation to begin with.
Your Essential Kit List
First, prep your face ready for shaving. We like the Lab Series For Men Electric Shave Solution. It’s clean smelling and will setup your skin for a perfect electric shave.
Next, you obviously need a good electric shaver… our current top rated shaver is the Braun Series 7 790 foil shaver. It’s a great shaver and if you team it with the best possible products it will give you fantastic results.
Finally, after shaving always use a good quality after shave balm. The NIVEA MEN Sensitive Post Shave Balm comes highly recommended.
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