One question I get asked all the time is whether electric shavers are better or worse than wet razors. The fact is there’s no definitive answer because they’re not better just….different. The problem is, a lot of men try them one or twice and write them off as not being for them because they don’t get the results they want or claim they simply don’t suit their skin.
In the past, I’ve used both (this is in the days before I cultivated my beardage) and liked both in equal measures. The trick is knowing how to use them properly. So here are a few tips on getting the most out of your shaver:
1. Dry off. Skin and stubble needs to be clean and dry for shavers to work properly so use a pre-shave product like Lab Series For Men Electric Shave Solution or Jack Black Electric Shave Enhancer. This will remove moisture, dirt and oil and help lift hairs so they’re at a better angle for cutting.
2. Use your fingers. Stretch the skin on your face with your free hand as you shave – this will ensure the hairs stand upright, making them easier to cut. Electric shavers require only light pressure so don’t press too hard or you’ll cause irritation.
3. Take the heat out of things. Some shavers generate heat as you shave and that can irritate skin so tackle sensitive areas like the neck first while the shaver is still cool.
4. Be patient. Like I said, many men write shavers off before really giving them a chance. But if you’ve just switched from wet to dry shaving your face may take time (usually two-four weeks) to adjust to the new shaving technique, especially since electric shavers remove the hairs just below the surface of the skin rather than at surface level.
Lee, Mankind Grooming Ed