Article By Bruce Sturgell
Let’s be real – we’re all busy. Between work, hanging out with friends and family, and squeezing in some sleep, there’s not a lot of time for much else. For some of us, that means no time for a proper wet shave. We grab the electric shaver, run it over our face, and head out the door. Problem is, electric shavers don’t always offer a decent shave. Here are 6 tips to help make your electric shave experience better.
CLEAN YOUR FACE
A dirty, oily face can gum up an electric razor, making it more difficult to get a proper shave. Wash your face with water and a skincare product prior to shaving. This will help to keep the shaver from pulling out hair, as opposed to cutting it.
USE A SHARP BLADE
If the electric razor you’re using has a replaceable cutter and screen, change them out regularly. If you’re a hairy beast, that probably means cycling them out every 6 to 12 months. A sharper blade means an easier cut, which saves your face a whole lot of pain.
TRY AN ELECTRIC PRE-SHAVE PRODUCT
Believe it or not, there are actually products you can use on your face to prep for an electric shave. Look for ones that help lift the facial hair for a closer, pain-free shave. Another bonus? These products are usually good for your face, keeping it lubricated and acne-free. Try Kyoku for Men Electric Pre Shave Optimizer
KNOW THE GRAIN
Going against the grain of your stubble gives you a closer shave; however, when you shave against the grain, the hair can be lifted in a way that results in ripping out hair, instead of cutting it, causing inflammation on your neck and face. Avoid this by taking a bit more time, using circular motions when shaving and, most importantly, by not going over the same area multiple times. Be sensitive to your skin, and throw the aforementioned pre-shave product into the mix for a more satisfying experience.
CLEAN YOUR TOOLS
Once you’re done, be sure to clean your shaving implement. Take off the top, clean out the hair, and lubricate the blade and screen as needed. This helps to ensure you won’t have to buy a new electric razor every year.
AVOID DRYING YOUR FACE OUT
An electric shave can dry out your skin if you’re not careful, but you can avoid this by using lotion to stay moisturized. Remember those pre-shave products? They sometimes include alcohol, which can dry out your skin, making moisturizing afterward even more important. Jack Black has some great moisturizer options, as does Kiehl’s. If you’re prone to breakouts, choose an oil-free moisturizer with an SPF to protect from sun damage.
With these 6 tips, you’ll be able to get a much better shave with your electric razor. Do you have any tips? Share them in the comments!