Looking to move away from traditional wet-shaving? Well, we’re guessing now is the time to switch to an electric shaver.
Electric shaving sure does look complicated, especially if you’re a first timer. But we’re here to tell you it’s not! While traditional shaving can be the most satisfying kind for some, switching to an electric shaver saves time, is less messy and is suitable for all kinds of facial hair.
Read on to find out some super useful tips and technicalities which will guide you on how to use an electric shaver for the first time.
Here are four simple steps to help you have a smooth electric shaving experience:
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First – Make Sure to Buy a Good Quality and Reliable Shaver
Buying a good quality electric shaver will enhance your experience to a great extent. To be honest, buying a cheap shaver just to save a few bucks will mean you’re being very hard on your skin.
A low-quality shaver will run the risk of causing your hair to tear, cause your skin to become damaged and itchy as well as miss out on hair leaving uneven patches behind.
You might also want to do your research and decide whether your skin is best suited for a rotary head or foil razor.
Practically speaking, go for a rotary-head shaver if you don’t shave that often, you don’t want too much noise while you shave and you like to get the job done quickly.
If the noise doesn’t bother you, you shave regularly, you’re patient and take your time, and you want a super close shave, then a foil razor should be fine.
Second – Prepare Your Skin
There are many frequently asked questions about how to prepare your skin for the shave. Is it better to shave wet or dry? Which is the best quality gel, lotion or lubricant to use? Should you scrub it by hand or use a brush? Should you use a face oil to soften your skin? And many more!
But don’t worry, we’ll walk you through some basic essentials, and you’ll be good to go.
Start by washing your face with lukewarm water. This will assist in quick and smooth shaving since it opens up your pores and helps to remove stiff hair easily.
If your shaver isn’t water resistant, then it is better to dry your face lightly using a towel. This isn’t necessary with a water-resistant shaver.
Depending on your skin type, use a gel, lubricant, cream, face wash or any good quality pre-shave solution to remove the dryness from your skin. You may not need this if your skin type is naturally oily.
Keep in mind that whatever you choose to use should be suitable for the razor since the last thing you want to do is damage your machine. You can confirm this from the user’s manual that comes with your electric shaver.
Third – Pick Up the Shaver and Begin!
Let’s now get straight to the technical part. Once your skin is ready, you can begin to shave. But if you’re doing this for the first time, it is important that you be patient and shave slowly until you figure out which technique is best suited for your hair type.
Figure Out the Direction of Hair Growth
You can start by figuring out the direction of hair growth of your beard or stubble. You have the option of shaving in the opposite direction, the same direction or across it.
Shaving in the opposite direction is usually the most satisfying and gives a properly closed shave. Shaving in the same direction is lighter but will require you to run the razor over the patch of hair quite a few times to make sure you got them all.
Hair can also grow in different directions. One of the toughest spots is definitely your neck so you will have to try many different techniques and run the shaver in different directions before you get it right.
Use Your Hand And Head Movement to Stretch Your Skin
To ensure a smooth close shave, stretch your skin with your hand to make it tighter and then run the shaver over the patch. This causes the smallest of hair to be caught by the shaver. It also reduces the risk of cuts and rashes.
Stretching your skin by looking upwards while doing the area under your chin and neck will be very helpful in getting that tricky patch on your neck area.
It’s Okay for the Strokes to Vary
Every patch of hair in different areas of your face may require a different technique. As mentioned earlier, shaving your neck is more challenging than shaving your cheeks, for example.
In such a case, you should make sure there’s a variation in the length and direction of strokes according to the area on your face you’re shaving to get the best result.
Shaving an area like your cheeks where the direction of hair growth tends to be the same, longer strokes will be fine. However, in areas such as under your chin or above your lip where the hair growth direction varies, shorter more controlled strokes are recommended.
Be Careful Not to Use too Much Pressure
The amount of pressure you use depends on your skin type as well as the shaver brand/model you use. Some brands are more forceful and harsh than other brands, so you need to be mindful of what’s right for your skin.
As stated before, everyone has different skin types which is why once you begin to use an electric shaver, there will be a lot of trial and error followed by experimenting before you land on the perfect trick which suits your style!
Fourth – Finish it
Once shaving is complete, rinse your face with warm water to remove loose hair and gel/shaving-cleanse residue off your face and neck.
Applying moisturizer or lotion on your face post shaving will protect your skin from damage. It also protects your skin from becoming dry or pores from getting blocked.
It is also very important to keep the shaver clean to avoid unhygienic conditions and infections. Don’t let hair and dirt accumulate in the blades. Rinse them with water regularly or replace them from time to time, if replaceable.
Again, be easy on your skin and remember that patience is key. Don’t press too hard in a rush, irritating your skin, which may also lead to permanent cuts. Trust your blades to give you a smooth, close shave!
Following this detailed video tutorial can further help in perfecting your technique.
We hope this guide was helpful and takes you a step closer towards a pleasant experience with the electric shaver!