For the gentlemen out there that don’t have the time or just don’t want to mess around with creams and gels since the days of the brush and blade are way behind, here are my top 10 tips for getting the closest and the most comfortable dry shave.
1. Keep it dry.
This goes actually for both the shaver and your skin. One of the most common mistakes is to wash your face or take a shower prior to a shave. You’ll want your face to be as dry as possible to ensure a comfortable shave.
Any kind of moisture will have a negative impact on the quality of your shave and will cause you discomfort.
Also, most modern electric shavers can be safely washed under tap water, so make sure yours is completely dry before using it.
2. Make sure your razor is properly charged.
Not all electric shavers can maintain peak power when the battery is almost out of juice.
This will likely lead to pulling and tugging and of course the closeness of your shave will suffer.
3. Do not apply too much pressure.
Move the shaver over the skin without pressing too hard. Some shavers tend to get warm after a while and this will only make things worse.
Also, it’s a good idea to put a few drops of fine machine oil on the foil and cutters to minimize the friction. Here is a complete guide on how to properly lubricate your electric shaver.
4. Shave against the direction of growth of your stubble (whichever that may be)
Use your free hand to feel the stubble and to stretch the skin. This is especially important for foil shavers; you’ll want to use a circular motion when shaving with a rotary shaver.
Try to use various techniques and see what works best for you.
5. Trim your beard if you haven’t shaved in a long time.
Long facial hair is a big problem for any electric shaver, regardless of how good it might be. Just use a regular hair trimmer to reduce your beard to a more manageable length.
6. Keep your shaver clean.
Dead skin, hair clippings and dirt on the cutting elements and foil can’t be good for performance and hygiene. Always clean your razor thoroughly after every use according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
If your shaver is fully washable use some liquid soap and warm tap water for an effective cleaning.
7. Replace worn parts.
That includes foils, cutters or the whole assembly. Spending money on replacement parts is no fun, but it has to be done.
Depending on how frequent you shave and how coarse your beard is, you may need to replace these parts sooner or later than the manufacturers state. Here‘s a detailed guide on this topic.
8. Use a quality, soothing, alcohol free balm.
After you finished your shave, wash your face with cold water, let it dry or gently pat it dry with a clean towel and apply a balm. Hydrating your skin is the single most important thing you can do after a shave.
9. Find a razor that suits your skin, facial hair and habits.
There isn’t such a thing as the best electric shaver, but rather one that is right for you. Finding it takes a bit of research and some trial and error, but there are reviews that will hopefully help you narrow down your options.
10. Take your time and enjoy your shave.
Shaving should be pain free and enjoyable, not something we loathe. Hopefully these simple tips will help you improve your dry shaving experience.