With everything going at much faster pace these days, electric shavers have proved to be a breath of fresh air. An electric shaver is a convenient way to get close, smooth as well as quick shave in the morning before you head to your daily routine. Unlike manual razors, you do not have to lather up your shaving gel and shaving your facial hair precisely with care, making sure not to get the cuts and scrapes from razor blade.
If you have used an electric shaver, you are already aware that you don’t even need water to shave. They do not create a mess, do not cut your skin and easier to use. There are still a few things that you can do to make sure that you get a close and best shave with your electric shaver.
Types of shavers
There are two main types of electric shavers – Foil Blade and Rotary Blade Shaver.
- Foil shavers contain 1-4 rows of blades. Single foil shavers are great for someone with slow beard growth.
- The rotary blade shavers have a series of rotary cutters attached. Typically three rotating blades placed in a triangular pattern.
- Double foil shavers offer two cutters, covered by two screens; and triple foil shavers have three cutters over three screens.
Before you begin to shave
with an electric shaver, it is advised to soften the hair and the pores on your face for a smooth shave. You can opt to take a hot shower or wash your face with warm water, as the heat will open your pores and soften the hair. Doing that will help facial to be removed more easily and help you get a closer shave.
When you start shaving
To give a closer shave, most of the electric shavers have pivoting heads. You need to control it so that you can get into those tight spaces. Rotate the razor in a circular motion as you shave, and move it quickly around. Press firmly on the shaver while you’re shaving, but not so hard that it hurts. Electric shavers have guards on them to protect against nicks. As you move up the face, pull or stretch your skin to expose more hair while you shave.
After you are done shaving
Finish with a splash of warm water. Pat dry. Apply a little moisturizer or non alcohol based aftershave to soothe the skin.
Cleaning and Maintaining
An electric shaver is important to make sure it lasts long. So, make sure to clean the blades regularly. Most of the electric shavers need to have their cutters and screens brushed out after every second or third shave. Use the small brush that comes with the shaver, and never brush the screen. Keep the cutter lubricated. Change the blades when needed. Foils and cutters generally need to be changed once a year.
It may take some time to get used to electric shaver. You may find that your electric shaver is not shaving the contours of your neck or certain facial hair are left behind unshaven, but as you learn the techniques on how to use an electric shaver, you will find yourself using your shaver more comfortably the next time.