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 effective 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 right before you shave.
And while that’s fine and even recommended in the case of wet shaving, you’ll want the exact, you’ll want your face to be as dry as possible to ensure a comfortable dry shave.
Any moisture will likely have a negative impact on the quality of your shave and will cause discomfort and the closeness will suffer as well.
For some men using a pre-electric shave lotion or powder works wonders, especially if the environment has high humidity.
Tabac and Speick are my personal favorites, while Williams Lectric Shave is one of the more popular pre-shave lotions, particularly in the USA.
Also, most modern electric shavers can be safely washed with water, so make sure yours is completely dry before using it.
2. Ensure 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 the closeness of your shave will take a hit.
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.
Always 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.
Pressing harder will not give you a closer shave, nor will it capture those flat-lying hairs more efficiently.
Also, it’s a good idea to put a few drops of fine machine oil on the foil and cutters to minimize friction and wear.
For a complete guide, here’s my post on how to properly lubricate your electric shaver.
4. Shave against the direction of hair growth.
Unlike shaving with a razor blade, you should always move an electric shaver against the hair grain.
You can use your free hand to feel the stubble and stretch the skin.
Use short, controlled strokes against the grain when shaving with foil shavers.
You’ll want to use a combination of straight and circular motions when using a rotary razor.
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.
Most shavers also have an integrated pop-up trimmer, but it would take a long time to trim your entire beard with it.
It’s best to use those for light grooming and for cutting some stubborn stray hairs.
6. Keep your shaver clean.
Dead skin, hair clippings and dirt on the cutting elements are never good for performance and hygiene.
Always clean your razor thoroughly after every use according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
If your shaver is washable, use some liquid soap and warm tap water for effective cleaning.
7. Replace worn parts.
That includes foils, blades or the whole assembly. Spending money on replacement parts is no fun, but it will eventually have 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 what the manufacturers state.
Here‘s a detailed guide on this topic if you want to check it out.
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 soothing aftershave 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 and your needs.
Finding it takes a bit of research and some trial and error.
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 and you’ll be looking forward to your next shave.