Dry Electric Shaving Tips: Get Your Best Shave Ever!

In a previous article, I shared my recommendations for shaving with an electric razor and shaving cream.

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 10 tips for getting the closest and the most comfortable dry shave.

1. Keep it dry.

This goes 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.

For some men using a pre-electric shave lotion or powder works wonders, especially if the environment has high humidity.

Williams Lectric Shave is one of the more popular pre-shave lotions and it works really well.

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.

To avoid this from happening, make sure your battery level is at least at the 50% mark.

And no, charging a modern shaver more often will not negatively impact the battery life.

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.

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.

You can also try 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. You can also check out our reviews to 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.

6 thoughts on “Dry Electric Shaving Tips: Get Your Best Shave Ever!”

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  1. Hi. I use a talc stick that I found to be best for me. However, because talc is a mineral, it wears the blades out fast. I do clean my razor, but have never lubricated it. I was concerned that the oil would actually attract the dry talcum powder and clog it up right away. Have you ever reviewed the use of talc? I’ve tried the Lectric shave and the Gillette product, with not as good a shave. I currently have an Arc 4 that I’ve had for a year or so. I purchased a new set of blades about 3 months ago, and because of the abbrasiveness of the talc, I need to either purchase another set of blades or a new razor again. I also was wondering if the new Panasonic or Brauns with the cleaning systems still requires lubrication after cleaning. I have a beard, so I only have to shave my neck, cheeks and the area on my chin. I’ve thought about the new Arc 5, but maybe that would be a little difficult to use because of the size of the shaving head. I was even considering the Braun 7. There is a lot here, but any thoughts would be appreciated.

    • Hi Dan,

      I was never fond of talcum powders as I found the whole experience too messy for my liking. I think I still have a stick of Remington Face Saver lying around, but I only used it once or twice. I prefer pre-shave lotions, Lectric Shave being the one I use the most. Regarding your question, the use of talc and no lubrication will exponentially increase the wear of the blades. Even hard water alone can do that. You can try a light lubricant like sewing machine oil. I don’t think this can make things worse, but again, I haven’t done it personally. A cleaning spray like Remington Shaver Saver would be a more viable option as it also lubricates the blades, but it evaporates completely so the risk of clogging is minimal.

      The cleaning stations of both Braun and Panasonic shavers take care of lubricating the blades as well, so you won’t have to do it. Given the fact that you have a beard and have to shave around certain areas, an Arc 5 will probably make this more difficult as you mentioned above. The Series 7 is gentler and more comfortable compared to the Arc 4, I have both and I can even get away with shaving without any pre-shave with the Series 7. So you just might be able to get a decent shave without the use of talcum. The Arc 4 is a bit too aggressive for me, even though compared to the Series 7 it shaves slightly closer.

      I hope this helps.


  2. Do you think it could be more helpful to create a beard map(like some wet shavers do)to most accurately figure out the direction of growth?

    • The purpose of having a beard map would be the same here as in the case of wet shaving, so it could definitely be useful. I personally rely on feel (using my free hand) and also by looking in the mirror to see the grain.



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