Using an electric shaver FAQs
Here's a review of some of your frequently asked questions that relate to how to use an electric shaving device, for both men and women:
Should I use a shaver?
Electric shavers should be considered if you are new to shaving or are a seasoned veteran at using razor blades alike. The only difference is that an experienced blade user has preconceptions about how close a shave should be. With electric shaving your hair has to get used to the device. Most people experience poor results for the first few times and get put off. What most people don't realise is that your face can take up to 3 weeks to become accustomed to the device.
With an electronic device you are best to shave every day and let your face get used to the way that it shaves you. Your beard hair needs to be 'trained' to be shaved a specific way. After a few weeks review the results, and if you are still not happy then chances are that particular device is not right for you. Take advantage of one of the numerous money-back guarantees, and give a number of them a go to see which suits you best. It takes a little more patience than with razor shaving but you might prefer the experience in the long run.
How do I use one?
- Review the best system for your beard type. Some people say that a rotary system is better for finer hair. The foil system is more like old fashioned shaving and might be better for thicker hair. Both systems have various features that, depending on your skin, beard, and face type will appeal to you.
- Determine whether your skin is oily or dry or somewhere in between. You will get a better shave if your skin is dry. If your skin is oily the hair will lay flat on your skin and will be harder for the cutters to trim. The down side to dry shaving is that it can be more painful.
- Prepare for the shave: Wash your face with a shaving wash and dry it thoroughly. Then apply a good shaving lotion or gel. It is best to leave this lotion or gel on the skin for a few minutes before you start. Always review the instructions on the label.
- Clean the rotary or foil system with the small brush to remove the old hairs. Brush each cutter and protective guard separately. This will give you better results and preserve the life of the cutters.
- With electric shavers you shave in the opposite direction to the hair growth. This helps draw the hairs out, enabling the device to cut the hair as low as possible. Once the razor has passed over, the hairs then retract back under the skin's surface.
- Shaving with an electrical device is usually faster and neater than with a razor blade, but you'll need to be patient to get the best results. Under the chin and on your neck is especially difficult to get right straight away.
- After you have finished, apply a good quality moisturiser or aftershave. Do not use an eau de toilet or cologne as these are based on alcohol and tend to dry out the skin. If you notice that your skin is being irritated (e.g. razor burn), consider using an shaver with a built-in gel dispenser to relieve this discomfort.
- Finally, shave every day. Electric shavers are much more effective (and less painful) in cutting short stubbly facial hair than cutting long hair.
What should I be careful of?
Electric devices are fairly simple to use and tend to be very safe. However, watch out for the following:
- An electric shaver should not cut your skin. If you find that you are getting cuts then you are either using too much pressure or the device is broken.
- If you are going to shave a new area then trim the hair first so it is as short as possible. Shavers tend to yank out long hairs and even clog up.
- Sometimes the head of a shaver heats up during use. Try shaving the more sensitive areas first while the head is at its coolest.