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There are two different types of shavers: rotary and foil. The rotary style shaver has three different cutting elements that are circular in shape and rotate around. The foil style has three to five cutting elements that are installed parallel to each other. They vibrate and move to cut stubbled from your face. Either type of shaver may be installed on a flex head that can move sideways and back and forth.
There are slightly different processes to using both types of shavers. Learn the best way to use each one, for a more close and comfortable shave.
Most shavers heat up as you use them. Shave the most sensitive regions of your face first, then move onto the tougher regions.
No matter which type of shaver you are using, do add water and a shaving product. Some experts recommend washing your entire face with soap and water first, while others say that the natural oils will help your shaving experience. You’ll have to determine which is the best electric shaver for you.
Using the Rotary Style Shaver
A rotary style shaver should basically be moved in circular motions across your face. The circular motions should be small. Don’t press down too hard, and don’t go repeatedly over the same spot if all the hairs are gone.
Start on one side of your face and work your way down. Then do the middle where your nose is, and on the chin, before switching to the right side.
Shave one side of your face first, then rinse the blades under a hot running tap. Then do the other side of your face.
Using the Foil Style Shaver
The foil style shaver should be used with back and forth motions on your face. Use shorter motions under nose and chin, and longer strokes down your cheeks and your neck.
You should also shave with water and shaving gels, foams, or creams. Shave one side of your face first, then rinse the head under a tap, before continuing onto the other side of your face.
It can take about two weeks for your face to adjust to your new electric shaver, so give it time if you feel that it’s not quite right for you.
If your shaver is a few years old, it may be time to purchase a new shaver head. These are available, whether your shaver is rotary or foil. If you feel your shaver just isn’t shaving well anymore, it could be time. If you discover that there are no replacement parts available, you may need to buy an entirely new men’s electric shaver.
Also remember that if your shaver is taking you several minutes of shaving time in the morning, it may be time to buy a new one.
No matter where you start shaving on your face, develop a regular morning shaving routine. That way, when you haven’t had your coffee yet, your face will still look good, even if you are still half asleep!