Any noticeable improvements in closeness and comfort are more than welcome for anyone using an electric shaver.
Pre shave lotions and powders promise just that and many men seem to swear by them.
In this article we’ll take a look at how they work, the different types of products and if they really make a difference and are worth buying.
How do pre electric shaves work?
When using an electric razor for dry shaving, there a few factors that can make this task even more difficult and uncomfortable: the moisture and oils of the skin, flat lying hairs, flaky skin—to name just a few.
To make matters worse, dry shaving involves constantly rubbing a piece of metal over your skin that can also get hot and cause painful razor burn.
A pre electric shave is formulated to address precisely these issues and therefore provide a more comfortable and close shave.
Ideally, this type of products works by providing a layer of lubrication, absorbing the moisture, toning the skin and causing the hairs to stand straight, making it easier for the shaver to cut them. The end result is a closer, faster shave with less irritation and discomfort.
The different types of pre electric shave products
The most popular ones come in the form of a lotion/splash, gel or powder, each with its own pros and cons.
As it’s the case with most personal care products, choosing one over another is mostly a matter of personal preference.
Powder or talc
A powder/talc pre shave provides the most lubrication of all three, allowing the shaver to glide over the skin with less friction. It is also very efficient at dealing with oily skin and absorbing any kind of moisture.
Since it doesn’t contain alcohol, it doesn’t dry the skin and it’s perfectly suitable for very sensitive skin.
A downside of this type of products is that they can be a little messy to apply compared to a gel or splash.
On the bright side, a pre shave talc stick will last for months, offering great value for money.
An excellent pre shave powder is Remington Face Saver; manufactured in Switzerland, it has been around for a few decades and has gained a great reputation among electric shaving enthusiasts.
Remington Face Saver
To apply, you just rub the stick across your face and work it with your fingers into the beard. You can then proceed to shave as usual.
Please note that talcum is mineral-based and could contribute to a premature wear of the blades. However, it’s difficult to say with certainty if that’s the case in real life use.
Lostions/splashes and gels
A pre electric lotion or gel will usually include alcohol in the ingredient list, so you should definitely take this into consideration if you have very sensitive skin or suffer from any type of irritation.
Other than that, it does a great job of lifting the hairs, prepping the skin and providing a protective layer of lubrication.
After the shave, make sure to rinse your face and also thoroughly clean your razor; using a pre electric lotion or gel tends to make the hairs stick to the cutters.
Williams Lectric Shave is a very popular electric pre shave lotion. It improves the closeness of the shave and reduces irritation, especially on sensitive areas like the neck.
Williams Lectric Shave
Be careful when applying though; being very runny, it tends to slip between your fingers if you are a bit heavy handed when applying.
I personally find Lectric Shave to work the best out of all especially when it comes to closeness. The only downside is that to me it seems just a bit oily, even though it won’t clog your razor.
The scent is also very pleasant and discreet. You can check out this post for more details on my experience with Williams Lectric Shave.
Another excellent option is a pre electric shave gel like Afta by Mennen.
Afta by Mennen
It’s very easy to apply due to its thick consistency, it dries the moisture, improves the glide of the razor over the skin and causes the hairs to stand up. The result is a smoother, closer and faster shave.
This gel is definitely easier to apply compared to the Lectric Shave above and also dries faster.
The only thing I can pick on is the scent; I don’t particularly care for it as to me it seems a bit too old fashioned and tends to linger for a while even after washing your face.
Should you use a pre electric shave product?
In my opinion, you should at least give it a try. Including an electric pre shave lotion or powder is, at least in theory, one of the simplest ways to significantly improve your dry shave.
Having said that, the improvement will vary and you may not see a noticeable difference, especially if you’re not affected by some of the issues described in this article. If that’s the case, you can probably skip it.
However, most men will benefit from using one and pre electric products are generally inexpensive, readily available and will also last for a long time. Including one as part of your pre shave routine can have a major impact on the overall shaving experience.