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Electric Razor Tips for Men Posted Tuesday, January 11, 2000 by BeautyCare.com
25% of men use an electric shaver regularly. Properly used, most electric shavers can offer the user a shave that is every bit as close as, if not closer than a shave obtained from a blade razor. Why is this possible? An electric shaver rolls up the skin ahead of the whisker forcing the whisker up above what would be considered the skin line where it is then cut off. Other benefits of electric shaving are its ease of use and absence of cuts and scrapping irritation. Many men would say that the electric shaver is a quicker, less messy, more convenient way to shave. In future articles, we will review specific electric razor brands.

The following provides some basic tips for getting better shaves with your electric razor.

1. You must first start with a smooth screen and a sharp cutter
Clean your shaver's screen and cutter regularly. On most shavers you can lift off the head frame which holds the screen, and gently brush out the whisker dust from the underside with the cleaning brush all manufacturer's furnish with their product. Do not touch the screen itself with the cleaning brush. It is very fragile. Below the screen is the cutter and that's the part you need to brush out with your cleaning brush. Get all of the accumulated whisker dust out of the cutter so that it can properly apply its metal surfaces to the task of cutting off your whiskers. Whisker residue built up on the cutters can seriously impair the effectiveness of your shaver.
· It is best to clean your shaver after every third shave, and preferably after every shave. The weekly use of a cleaning solution is recommended.
· The metal surfaces of your screen and your cutter need lubrication. Spray a product such as Shave Ease, an aerosol lubricant, on the shaving screen while the shaver is running. This immediately frees up any metal against metal binding. Use this lubricant sparingly. No need to wipe it off. Proceed with your shaving. You'll notice a pick up in the sound level of your shavers motor which tells you that it is then operating at its maximum power level. Do this daily, while the shaver is running, just before you shave.
· Over a period of time, usually one year, the screen will become thin and wear through. The cutter will become dull. For best results, we recommend that you replace these parts annually during the life of the shaver. If you do not, you are inclined to press hard to get a close shave, or you may go over the same area of your face repeatedly. Either of these actions usually will result in irritated skin.

2. Wash and dry your face thoroughly before shaving. If this is not possible, then splash-on an alcohol-based preshave. This will remove your skin oil and make your beard stand out from your face as much as possible. If alcohol is an irritant for you, use a powder stick.

3. Gently rub your fingers over your face to find out what direction your beard is growing. It may vary from one part of your face to another. Place the fingers of your one of your hands on your skin, either outside of your beard, or on a place you've just shaved. Using those free-hand fingers, press down slightly into the skin and tug the skin taut against your face. Shave this area of skin where the whiskers are slightly lifted off. Remember, with an electric razor, to shave against the grain of your whiskers. This will give you the closest shave. In the case of a rotary-type shaver like Norelco, make small circular motions of the shaver head on your face. Do not press down hard, or go over the same spot repeatedly or move your shaver too rapidly over your face. This will not get you a closer shave but will cause your shaver head to wear out quicker.
Many men who have very sensitive skin report that it helps them to shave the most tender areas of their face (the neck area below the jawbone) first and then move up to the tougher areas of their face in the areas between the ears, nose, and mouth. Some shavers generate heat on their shaving surfaces and heat can cause irritation. So shave the tender areas of your face first while the shaver head is coolest.

4. Ingrown hair may result from abrasions on the skin that have healed and scabbed over the follicle. In other instances, a dull cutter may shred curly hair follicles causing them to snag the skin's surface and grow inward. In either case, what is required is a fine hair trimmer to cut the hair to the skin, then a foil to shave you close.

5. Keep in mind that it is important for you to use a new electric shaver continuously for a period of two weeks. This allows your skin and hair to adapt to a change in shaving systems. If you have been using a blade razor, then you must give your face a minimum of 2-3 weeks to adjust to electric shaving. Why? Well, every time you shave with a razor you actually take off a very thin layer of skin. With electric shaving, you are shaving at or below the skin line. So, you need this 2-3 weeks adjustment time to get rid of the replacement scar tissue that the body produces after every razor blade shave. You don't produce this scar tissue with electric shaving. And don't fluctuate back and forth between blade shaving and electric shaving if you want to achieve the benefits of electric shaving.

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