How to Use an Electric Shaver Properly
It is one thing to go out and buy the best shaver that you can afford. However it is another thing to actually take the time to learn how to use an electric shaver properly and get the most benefit out of your purchase.
Although some guides might like to tell you otherwise, it is important that you do not wash or wet the face before shaving if you are dry shaving using an electric shaver. Instead it is better to use some sort of pre-shave lotion that is specifically designed to make the hair easier to cut.
Following is a brief overview of the general process that you should follow when learning this process for the first time.
- If you have a particularly coarse or stubborn beard, you may wish to hold a wash cloth soaked in hot water up to it to soften further, but in general you need to keep things as dry as possible.
- Once the skin and beard is dry you should mix some pre-shave oil through your beard to take the moisture out of the skin and make the hairs stand up ready for cutting. Something like Lectric Shave is perfect for this job and it can be found in most supermarkets and convenience stores.
- Next you should find the grain of your facial hair. In other words, what is the direction your hair is growing in? Very generally, hair grows downwards on the face and upwards on the neck with a bit of variation in between. Ensure that you never shave against the grain, except in the most stubborn areas where extra attention is required.
- If you are dry shaving you a ready to begin shaving.
- If you are wet shaving you would of course skip Step 2 and instead wash or moisten your face and beard with warm water to soften up the individual hairs.
- When learning how to use an electric shaver, you should pull the skin tight with one hand and shave with the other.
- When using an electric shaver it is important not to press down too hard. This is a common mistake and only serves to increase irritation and also the amount of heat coming from the shaver itself.
- Having said that, some electric shavers will got hot anyway after a certain period of time, so if you have sensitive skin make sure you do the most sensitive bits first before it has a chance to warm up.
Once you are done you need to clean out the electric shaver to ensure maximum performance and longevity. This is one of the aspects of how to use an electric shaver that many people overlook, probably because it is the least glamorous.
Rinse off any residual pre-shave oil with warm water and pat your skin dry, never wipe a towel across your face. Then rinse your face with colder water to close up the pores.
If you dry shaved then you should rub some sort of moisturizing lotion into your skin to restore the moisture balance that was decreased when you added the pre-shave oil.