In this rather personal post, I’ll show you what I currently use in my electric shaving routine.
I often get comments and emails about my shavers of choice, so I decided to share everything I personally use, how I use them and why I chose those particular products.
I switched from manual razors to electric shavers more than 20 years ago and along the way I’ve bought, owned and used dozens of shavers and I’ve actually kept most of them.
It’s also convenient to own different shavers for a direct comparison with a newly launched one and I do post these comparison reviews quite often.
But with all those shavers that I have as a result of my unusual hobby, many readers of this website wanted to know what exactly do I use whenever I’m not reviewing a particular shaver.
So let’s get right to it.
My shaving setup in 2023
If you’ve been a reader of this site for a bit longer, you probably know that I shave dry but also wet depending on the situation.
But most of the time I shave dry, usually every other day or every two days.
However, when I have more time to spare or I want an extra close shave for an event, like a Christmas party or dinner at a nice restaurant, I treat myself to a wet shave. With an electric razor, of course.
Obviously, for these two scenarios, shaving dry or wet, I am using two different shavers and different shaving products.
So let’s start with the dry shaving routine because that’s how I shave most of the time and I know many other men prefer a quick dry shave as well.
1. Dry shaving kit
- Shaver: Braun Series 9
- Pre-shave lotion: Speick
- Aftershave balm: Tabac Original
- Lubricating oil: Oster blade lube
Shaver: Braun Series 9
For the past 2 years or so, the Braun Series 9 has been my electric shaver of choice whenever I shave dry.
And that’s because in my case, the Series 9 is the most effective, comfortable and enjoyable shaver out there right now.
Before the launch of the Series 9, my shaver of choice (again, for shaving dry) was the legendary Series 7 (currently discontinued).
While the Series 9 isn’t drastically better than the old Series 7, it just feels more capable, faster, smoother and really in a league of its own for catching those stubborn flat-lying hairs which I have a lot on my neck.
I mentioned earlier that I generally shave every other day or every two days.
That’s because I have very sensitive skin and coarse hair and it’s just better to allow my face at least a day of rest between two shaving sessions.
The Series 9 can easily handle two days (or more) of growth and it’s very forgiving and effective and I’m able to get a smooth shave faster than with any other razor.
The closeness is easily good enough considering how comfortable, fast and effective this shaver is.
I could get a slightly closer shave with an Arc 5 or Arc 6, but those aren’t nearly as effective as the Series 9 on a slightly longer beard.
I have really difficult hair on my neck and some of the older Arc 5 models like the ES-LV65 can be a bit too aggressive for my skin when I shave dry.
So the Series 9 is simply more suitable for what I need.
You may be wondering why I don’t use the Series 9 Pro. After all, it is objectively better, albeit by a small margin.
Well, that’s simply because the regular Series 9 is a bit gentler and more forgiving.
And for me, that is more important than the slightly more powerful Series 9 Pro that could get me a slightly closer shave.
I just find it more enjoyable to shave with the standard Series 9 as that one is really comfortable even if I’m sloppier.
But again, the differences aren’t by any means huge and I’d be perfectly happy with the 9 Pro as well.
In fact, if your skin isn’t particularly sensitive and you want the one with the (slightly) better performance, I think you can’t go wrong with the S9 Pro.
But for me, the non-Pro Series 9 is the one that makes a bit more sense.
I use a 93xx (9385cc/9390cc) model with a cc station. I do not use the station after every shave though, but rather once a week.
This way I’m able to use a cleaning cartridge for a lot longer (I also take it out of the station and put the cap back on).
When I don’t use the cc station, I give the shaver a quick cleaning with warm tap water and a bit of liquid soap.
This does require a few drops of lubricant before the next shave as soap will get rid of any traces of oil.
Pre-shave lotion: Speick
I always use a pre-shave lotion when I shave dry and I highly recommend giving it a try.
It’ll make your shave closer, faster and more comfortable.
I only shave without a pre-shave when I review a new shaver and want to know how much of a difference the pre-shave makes to the quality of the shave.
My pre-shave of choice is the one from the German brand Speick. It’s a bit pricier in the USA compared to Europe, but I think it’s well worth the money.
It just works wonderfully with Braun shavers and makes my dry shave a real treat.
Aftershave balm: Tabac Original
Finally, I always follow up my shave with a soothing balm.
Once I finish shaving, I rinse my face with cold water, gently pat it dry with a towel and I apply the aftershave product.
For the last couple of years, I’ve been enjoying the aftershave balm from Tabac which is another German brand with great heritage and high-quality shaving products.
Their triple-milled hard shaving soap is legendary among wet shaving enthusiasts.
However, the Tabac aftershave balm can be used by anyone, regardless if you’re shaving with an electric shaver or a manual razor.
I like it a lot because it’s very calming and soothing, the smell is classic Tabac — warm, manly and with a hint of vanilla — and doesn’t leave any greasy residue on the skin.
There are of course other excellent and inexpensive balms out there like the Proraso Sensitive or Nivea Sensitive, so those are really good alternatives if you can’t get it.
Lubricating oil: Oster blade lube
If you don’t have a cleaning station or you don’t always use it, it’s recommended to lubricate the blades once a week or after every cleaning that involved the use of soap.
Braun doesn’t include lubricant with their shavers anymore, so I just use some clipper oil like the Oster Blade Lube or Wahl clipper oil.
These are cheap and work great.
Alternatively, a lubricating spray for clippers or shavers will also work really well. The Andis CoolCare Plus spray is widely available and reasonably priced.
Just one of them is enough, you don’t have to use both oil and spray.
I usually apply the oil right before I shave (the blades must be completely dry).
If I’m using a spray, I apply it the night before since I shave in the morning and the product will evaporate completely overnight.
I don’t use Braun cartridge refills for the cc station since there are cheap third-party cleaning solutions available that work really well.
In the USA there’s CCRREFILLS.COM and in Europe there are a few more options, like Cleanerist or Wessper.
2. Wet Shaving Gear
- Shaver: Panasonic Arc 5 ES-LV65
- Shaving cream: Speick or Jack Black Shaving Lube
- Aftershave balm: Tabac
- Lubricant: Andis CoolCare Plus or Clippercide
Shaver: Panasonic Arc 5 ES-LV65
My shaver of choice whenever I have the time and mood for a wet shave is the Panasonic Arc 5.
The Arc 5, along with a quality shaving cream or shaving balm, will give me the closest shave of any shaver, similar to a razor blade.
Yes, this combo is that good.
I went with the Arc 5 instead of the Arc 6 simply because it’s a bit more manageable (5 vs 6 blades) and with shaving cream, it is also adequately comfortable.
However, it’s still not quite as forgiving and an older model like the ES-LV65 will give me some razor burn if I press too hard.
And speaking of the venerable ES-LV65, that’s the one I use the most, despite also owning other newer Arc 5 models.
It’s just something about it that I really like.
It’s a phenomenal shaver that outperforms a lot of the newer and more expensive ones and really excels at providing a really close shave.
Shaving cream: Speick or Jack Black Shaving Lube
For my skin, this Arc 5 is a bit too aggressive during a dry shave (definitely doable, but I have to be extra careful), so I generally use it with shaving cream.
It’s why I picked the Braun Series 9 for shaving dry plus the fact that the Series 9 can catch flat-lying hairs in fewer passes if I haven’t shaved in a while.
The Arc 5 works best on short facial hair, so it’s a great razor if you shave more often.
But with a high-quality shaving cream, the closeness provided by the Arc 5 is just unbeatable.
My favorite is again from the brand Speick, but I also like the classic Nivea shaving cream and Proraso menthol.
Just make sure you avoid canned foam and always use shaving cream that came in a tube, it is vastly superior.
Lubricant: Andis CoolCare Plus or Clippercide
For my Panasonic shavers, I actually prefer to use a lubricating spray with superior lubricating properties instead of oil.
The friction and generated heat are a lot higher compared to the Series 9.
In order to keep the blades cool, especially in the case of the ES-LV65, I prefer using the aforementioned sprays.
I’ve noticed that they do a better job of keeping the foils cool after a prolonged session compared to using a lubricating oil.
Again, this is necessary if you don’t use a cleaning station (I never use Panasonic stations because they don’t have resealable cartridges as Braun stations do), so I always clean my Panasonic razors with water and liquid hand soap.
I apply the spray on the dry foil and blades and let everything dry completely before using the shaver.
I usually shave in the morning, so I apply the lubricating spray the night before, so there’s plenty of time for the product to evaporate completely.
My shaver of choice for traveling
Shaving while traveling/on vacation is a very specific use case.
The requirements for such a shaver, at least in my case, are the following:
- It must provide a close and comfortable shave
- It must be suitable for wet/dry use
- It should be compact and portable
- It should have an integrated pop-up hair trimmer
- A full battery should last for at least 4 shaving sessions
I’ve tried many of the so-called travel shavers and most of them just don’t shave well enough.
The only one that ticks those boxes is the Panasonic Arc 5 ES-CV51.
This is a fantastic little shaver — it’s basically a full-fledged Arc 5 but crammed into a tiny form factor.
The only compromise is the fixed shaving head, but I didn’t find that to be a problem.
It uses the same foil and blades as the standard Arc 5, it has the same punchy 14 000 CPM motor and in terms of shaving performance, it simply obliterates any other compact shavers out there.
The bad part? It’s expensive.
But if you have the budget for it, you’ll definitely be satisfied with the performance.
I usually shave wet with it — I always carry a small travel-size tube of Proraso shaving cream in my toiletry bag.
But it works well enough during a dry shave provided I use it every two days or so.
With more than two days between shaves, I have to work extra to catch the flat-lying hairs on my neck (as I would do with any other Panasonic shaver).
A full battery allows me to get at least 4 shaves, but I also carry a special USB cable specifically made for Panasonic shavers.
This way I don’t have to bring along the Panasonic charger and I simply use my phone’s USB A charger.
What shaver do you use?
So there you have it — these are the shavers and products that work well for me.
I think these will be a safe choice if your shaving habits/requirements are similar to mine, but if not, you may want to consider other options.
But let’s see yours — what shaver/products do you currently use? Make sure to leave a comment below, I would love to see your shaving kit.
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My shaving kit:
Shaver: Norelco 5300 or Quadra Action 7610x
Pre-shave lotion: Lectric Shave or Speick. Original Noxzema Facial Cleaner for the second pass.
Aftershave balm: N/A
Lubricating oil: Oster blade lube
Head sharpener: Vollco
I have used Norelcos since the 1990s. I haven’t tried a foil shaver yet but one is on my list. Which Norelco I use depends on my mood-the 5300 is a more comfortable shave but the 7610x is a closer shave. I only dry shave, but open to trying wet. I literally got Speick pre-shave last week and have only used it a few times-initial impressions are a closer shave, less oily, and better smelling product than Lectric Shave.
After I shave with either Lectric Shave or Speick I apply a thin coat of Noxzema and quickly finish up. There is not a lot of lubrication so you can’t take too long on this step. For whatever reason the Noxzema seems to produce a closer shave and hairs that were missed usually get cut right away.
I do not use an aftershave but I almost always shave right before I shower and then I wash my face and neck with Noxzema which is very cooling. After each use I always rinse my shaver using the faucet in the shower-I find this does a better job cleaning and is less messy than using the sink.
A key part of my kit is the Vollco head sharpeners that I used to sharpen the 7610x. Old Norelco heads can be very difficult to find and this shaver was purchased second hand. After cleaning and sharpening it cuts as well as my new 5300. (Hopefully I can find a sharpener for the newer 7700/5300 heads.)
This routine is not set though and I am always up for trying new things.
That’s awesome, Mike, thanks so much for taking the time to share this.
If you ever get a foil shaver, I would really like to know your thoughts on it and how it compares to your rotaries.
Never used a head sharpener, but seems to get the job done on your Quadra shaver.
I just ordered the Panasonic Arc4. Should have it next week. Curious to see how it compares to my Norelcos. Will report back in a few weeks…
Awesome, looking forward to your thoughts on it.
Any tips for someone like me who has never used a foil shaver?
Getting the basics right is the most important with any shaver in my opinion. I would use a foil shaver on relatively short stubble (no more than 3 days) and make sure to always use short, straight, controlled, overlapping strokes, always against the grain, while keeping the head flat on the skin. You can use just one or two foils when shaving below the nose or other tricky spots. You may not get the best or the fastest shave at first since the Arc 4 is different from the rotaries you’ve always used, but I’m sure it’ll get better. You will also probably be surprised by the noise and sheer speed of the motor.
Out of curiosity, what’s the Arc 4 model you got?
Ovidiu, I got the Arc 4 ES-LA63AA. It looks like only blue is available now.
My Arc 4 arrived today. This is not a fair review-just initial impressions as the shaver only had 40 percent charge and this is literally my first foil shave.
A totally different shaving experience than rotaries. The first thing I noticed is the noise-it doesn’t bother me though. It seems to just glide over your face and you don’t “feel” the hairs being engaged and cut like a rotary. Overall closeness, especially on the chin and jawline is better than my two Norelcos. Zero irritation. Easy cleaning like the Norelcos. Looking forward to getting better with my technique and going through the adjustment period. I paid $112 on Amazon and I can’t imagine spending 2x-3x on another foil as this shaver performs so well.
Mike, thanks so much for the follow-up — that’s great, I’m glad your experience with your first foil shaver has already been excellent. The Arc 4 is very close to the Arc 5 performance-wise, my only (personal) gripe with it is that for someone with very sensitive skin it can sometimes be a bit more aggressive than the Arc 5, especially when compared to the newer Arc5s which are more forgiving than the first generations. But if that’s not a problem, it’s a fantastic shaver, especially at that price point.
Enjoy your new shaver, it seems like you made an excellent choice with the Arc 4.
Ovidiu, I am glad I found this site as it has helped improve my electric shaving. In the last month or so I have improved my technique with the Arc 4 and continue to get great shaves. I think it does require a bit more input and understanding of beard mapping than the rotaries as they can just go around in circular motions (although straight against the grain works well with both of my Noreclos too.)
I have added Sterlings Gold Preshave spray lubricator and it has a nice lemon (although artificial) scent. I have also added the Andis Cool Care Plus spray as well. I think there is more of a difference with the rotaries with these sprays as the Noreclos just glide across one’s face when sprayed.
The Spieck preshave has become my travel preshave if I am not checking a bag since the bottle is small enough to be brought in carry on bags. Although I do use bubble wrap since the bottle is glass. Curious, which ingredients in the Spieck do you think allow it to produce a closer shave than Lectric Shave?
Next up is wet shaving and from you have written the Arc 4 is probably going to do a great job.
Mike, that’s great — glad you’re already getting along with your new shaver. Your observation is correct, you will need to go against the grain with a foil shaver and actively adjust the direction, whereas with the swirling and overlapping motions of a rotary, you will eventually tackle the hairs against the grain and have them cut.
Unfortunately, I never managed to find a vendor willing to ship the Sterling’s spray to my location. I always wanted to try it since it seems to get stellar reviews.
Looking at the ingredient lists of both pre-shaves, I think there are a few that ultimately make it so effective. Speick always includes their trademark Speick extract in every product they make (it’s like a local valerian strain), but I doubt it’s the only one that makes a difference. There are some really high-quality ingredients that the less expensive Lectric shave doesn’t have, like various oils/linalool (Citrus and Lavender), citronellol, limonene.
Lectric Shave is in my opinion a fair and decent pre-shave given its price, but it’s effective mainly because of the alcohol and Isopropyl myristate, two ingredients that are almost universally present in all pre-shave lotions.
Ovidiu, too bad you can’t get the Sterling’s in your part of Europe. It definitely has a better scent than the Andis Cool Care Plus. The Sterling’s is more expensive per volume. I think the Cool Care keeps foil heads a bit cooler than the Sterling’s, but other than that I see and feel no performance difference between them. So no, Sterling’s by itself is not reason enough to come visit the US, haha.
Forgot to mention also, I am still using a thin coating of Noxzema to quickly finish up. I was researching some other sites and like you said, some people definitely think that eucalyptus and menthol help to provide a closer shave, and there are shaving products that contain both-although they seem to be targeted at blade shaving.
Thank you, Mike, much appreciated. In that case, the spray lubricant I miss the most remains the Remington Shaver Saver, it was simply outstanding and would bring to life even a blunt shaving head (of course it still needed to be in relatively good shape).
-Braun Series 7 (Old version)
-Synthetic brush from West Coast Shaving
-Cyril Salter hard tallow solid shave soap (lavender); sometimes other hard soaps like Tabac
Like you, I have a tough beard and very sensitive skin.
I shave daily and I wet shave with my Braun Series 7.
The best shaves are after face-washing and lots of hot spray in the shower; however, I sometimes shave without showering. In those instances I simply lather up with the shaving soap, shave, then use the extra lather in the brush to wash the rest of my face (eyes, nose, forehead, etc.).
I have a second Series 7 that I use (occasionally) dry. I also use it on a dry face after my wet shave to clean up any little missed bits of stubble (a little dry-skin touch up really completes the process for me).
This routine is so skin-friendly that I can use it day-in-day-out. Most other methods have left me pretty beat up if I shaved before work each day. But this one really nails it for me. So much so that I bought a THIRD Braun old-series 7, which I’m keeping in the box until my existing one gives up the ghost.
For me personally, this is the best regimen I’ve found after experimenting with lots of different equipment (blade and electric). Braun is the king of comfort; I find lathering up with Cyril Salter just perfectly complements its performance and leaves my face smooth and without redness.
David, that is awesome, thanks so much for taking the time to describe your routine in such great detail.
I’ve never had the chance to shave with the Cyril Salter soap and even though I just palm lather a soft cream whenever I wet shave, I still have quite a few brushes from the old days and I would really enjoy lathering a hard soap.
The Series 7 was a fantastic shaver and I’ve also used them for many years. It’s good that you were able to secure three of them as they’re getting really hard to find. I 100% agree that Braun shavers are the most comfortable. For me a dry shave with the Series 9 or even the 7 is perfectly adequate considering how quickly I’m able to get a reasonably close and comfortable shave.
Thanks again for your comment, I really appreciate it.
Even when shaving dry, I wash my face first. It just seems sensible that clean skin will be easier & more comfortable to shave. A pre-electric lotion is a must for me, and LectricShave works well. The Braun Series 8 is my favorite for dry shaves, though the Proskin is more than adequate & is my preferred travel shaver. I haven’t tried a Series 9, but as I shave daily, I’m guessing the extra trimmer on the 9 would be redundant for me. I sometimes use my Arc 5 dry, and my experience is like yours: slightly less comfortable but slightly more closeness.
Wet shaving, usually in the shower, with a little shave gel or oil – the specific brand doesn’t make much difference for me – yes, the Arc 5 is the gold standard, though the Wahl LifeProof (which is too harsh for me to use dry) is surprisingly close & is perfectly comfortable used in this manner.
I seldom use aftershave; simply washing my face a second time seems to be the most soothing thing I can do.
I’m curious about one thing: with your ES-LV65, which is the model I use, do you stick with the original shaving head, or use one of the updated ones with the rollers?
Thanks so much for the comment.
Since you shave often and the performance you’re getting from a Series 8 is satisfactory, I don’t think getting a Series 9 will bring a significant improvement.
I use my ES-LV65, LV95 and LV67 with the original foils (no rollers), although I did try some of the newer ones from my newer Arc5s. I choose to do so mainly because it helps me better notice the differences between the older and newer Arc 5 models and I can communicate that clearer in a review/comparison post. I tried the newer foils as well on the LV65 and as expected, doing so simply transforms it into a newer Arc 5, meaning it shaves just as close, only more comfortable.
But when I need a gentler Arc 5 I simply pick one of the newer ones instead of just putting the new foil on the LV65. For example, the ES-CV51 that I use when I travel comes with a new and more comfortable foil which is really handy for me as I can also get a reasonably comfortable dry shave.
I wonder if I might pick up on a point you made, and explore it with you a little further.
“Since you shave often and the performance you’re getting from a Series 8 is satisfactory, I don’t think getting a Series 9 will bring a significant improvement.”
This interests me and confirms my suspicion that much of the top-of-the-line offerings (Braun Series 9 and 9 Pro; Panasonic Arc 5 and Arc 6) are designed primarily to offer benefit to men who shave only every few days.
Ovidiu, what’s your view on the differences between “middle-models” and “premium models” for DAILY SHAVERS? Is it possible that (again, for daily-shave-only) there’s a “Braun shave” (without much difference among models) and a “Panasonic shave” (again, without much difference among models)?
That’s a great observation, David. In my experience and from what I’ve learned after talking to thousands of users over the years (not an exaggeration, there are almost 11000 comments on this website alone), the advantages of top-tier models are a lot more noticeable when shaving less often. That’s why I tend to recommend mid-range and sometimes even entry-level shavers if I know they will be used daily/every other day and there aren’t any other special requirements. Flagship shavers like the S9/S9 Pro or the Arc 5/Arc 6 are objectively better, but not a lot better than let’s say a Series 8 and an Arc 4, respectively, especially when used on short or a light to medium beard.
And the S8 and Arc 4 would definitely be my picks for highly capable, mid-range shavers that will perform great in most cases when used daily/every other day — even more in the case of the Series 8. In the past, the old Series 5 used to be my pick, but since Braun discontinued that one and replaced it with a new and far inferior Series 5, the Series 8 is now the one to get. The only Arc 4 that’s still widely available is the ES-LA63AA which is an excellent shaver for the money. Panasonic seems to have abandoned the Arc 4 line completely, with zero updates or prospects of reviving this series. And it’s shame since those were and still are really good shavers.
If the budget is rather limited or the user doesn’t mind spending a bit more to finish his shave or to get a smoother result, the cheaper Series 3 ProSkin or the Arc 3 would be perfectly viable options as well. The shorter the hair, the better a lesser shaver can do the job. I wrote a detailed Braun comparison guide as well and from all the different series Braun currently sells, I picked only 3 — the Series 3 and 8 being my picks for budget and mid-range Braun shavers, respectively. I will be posting similar guides for Panasonic and Philips shavers as well.
Hope this helps, if there’s anything else please let me know.
I have an Arc5 (ES-LV6Q) and it takes me 5-6 minutes every morning to get my face perfectly smooth. It feels like forever as I press and pull on my skin with one hand to get the hairs to pop out and use my other hand to pass the shaver in different directions.
I only shave dry and wash my face with warm water and liquid soap afterward.
Am I doing something wrong? Is there another model that would get me similar results in less time?
The time it takes you to complete a perfectly smooth shave is actually really good. It may seem like a long time, but it really isn’t. I would also consider using a pre-shave lotion like Speick. You just work it into the beard right before you shave, it takes only a few seconds but can make a big difference. Apart from that, make sure your shaver has enough charge and the blades are clean and lubricated.
Do you think a Braun Series 9 Pro would be better for me?
Some of the hair between the sides of my lower lip and my chin, and in my neck around my Adam’s apple and to to is tough to get at because it grows in different directions and close to the skin, which makes me think it would work better.
But I shave every day and I read that the Braun’s main advantage is with longer hair…
You are very welcome. I personally don’t think a Series 9 Pro would be that much better if you shave daily, you would still need to change the direction of the stroke and always go against the grain in order for the shaver to be effective. I think the S9 Pro would have been better if the hairs stayed flat on the skin and you shaved less often. But in this case not so much.
Thanks for the advice!
For now, as per your recommendation I have ordered some Speick pre-shave lotion and Andis Cool Care Plus to clean and lubricate my Arc 5.
I hope that that alone will make things much better.
I am also looking into getting a new foil + blades replacement, since I’m still using the set that came installed on the shaver 2 years ago.
Is eBay the best place to get them if you live in Europe? I saw some ES9038/ES9040 for about €60-€65 shipped from Japan, which is the lowest I’ve seen but still seems very expensive.
You are very welcome. It is indeed expensive and unfortunately the prices for Panasonic replacement foils and blades have gone up regardless if it’s an Arc 3, Arc 4 or Arc 5. eBay is a good option for buying replacement parts but only if the vendor is reputable with many positive user reviews or if it’s the storefront of a large/well-established online shop.
The previous writer Andres raises a couple of questions I’ve had in the back of my mind:
First, how long do most shaves take? Panasonic uses 3 minutes per shavve when calculating how many shaves you should get from a charged battery, but I’m lucky to finish a shave in twice that time. So what is the 3 minute figure bases on? Any idea?
Second, in areas with hair growing in multiple directions, a circular motion, similar to what Norelco recommends, would seem logical irrespective of the type of shaver, and in my experience it actually works especially well with my Panasonic. But I only ever hear about this technique with Norelco. I wonder why that is.
Excellent questions as well.
Electric shaver manufacturers use that 3-minute figure because it’s convenient. It has nothing to do however with real-world use of a shaver. The lower the figure, the more shaves per battery charge they can put in the specs sheet. Convenient. It takes me roughly 4 to 5 minutes to complete a close dry shave with the Series 9 for example, but other men with more difficult hair may need more. And that’s perfectly fine. 6 minutes is actually pretty good considering that you have hair growing in multiple directions.
Regarding the second question, a straight stroke using a foil shaver that has thin, straight foils will always be more effective because the stroke will always be against the grain. The slots are set in a circle with rotaries/Norelcos, hence circular motions make more sense in order to have the best chance of tackling the hairs against the grain. With foil shavers, using circular motions will almost always lead to the foil going over certain areas with the grain or sideways. And that means hairs left behind and some of them getting yanked as well or even the skin getting nicked (really painful). I definitely wouldn’t recommend it.
Love all of the information you provide on this site–it has helped me immensely.
I have a new Braun Series 9 Pro and am enjoying it so far, it seems less irritating to my sensitive skin than my old Norelco rotary. I am tinkering with my shave routines. I have been alternating the time of day I shave to give my skin a break. For instance, if I shave on Monday morning, I will shave next on Tuesday evening, then again Thursday morning, and so on.
I see you recommend when “dry” shaving to do so prior to a shower or washing your face. If I want to use a post shave balm, do I wait until after showering/using facial cleanser? Or apply it and wait before showering (if possible). On one hand, if applied right away it would seem to have the best effect on calming the skin down but washed off shortly after. Would it be more effective to wait until after showering/washing face? Appreciate your thoughts.
Thanks so much for the comment, Matt, I appreciate it.
I actually faced the same dilemma a while back and after trying a few variations, the approach that works best for me is to shave, then immediately shower, and lastly apply the aftershave. Otherwise, I would need to reapply the balm as it gets washed off from the steam and water. I also try to avoid hot water from touching my face right after I shave because my skin gets really red and itchy.
This works for me as I always shave in the morning or around noon. When I dry shave in the morning I do not wash my face or use a facial cleanser because doing so will affect my shave (some men can get away with it just fine). I also don’t use a cleanser right after I shave because again my skin is unfortunately really sensitive. You may not have this problem at all though. In my case skipping the face washing part is not a big deal because I would have fashed my face with a cleanser the previous evening.
If for example I plan on shaving around noon (I work from home so this is often an option), I cleanse my face and shower normally in the morning since there’ll be a few good hours until I shave.