electric shaving vs blade razors
- Electric shavers offer a closer shave than blade razors. Unlike blade razors, electric shavers roll up the skin ahead of the hair, which forces the hair up, and then remove the hair at or slightly below the skin line.
- Electric shaving is quicker, less messy & more convenient than shaving with a blade razor.
- Shavers are available in two types: foil head or rotary head. A foil head shaver has a thin metal screen that helps lift hairs to be cut while simultaneously protecting the skin from the cutting mechanism. Rotary head shavers also have foils or coils covering their cutting blades. The difference is that rotary head shavers have mobile, rotating heads which offer greater flexibility to fit the contours of the face.
- Women's shavers use a foil head; men's shavers have foil or rotating heads
- Twin head models are recommended for adolescents and for people with softer hairs; triple+ heads are recommended for those with coarser hair.
- Select a Wet/Dry model if you're going to use your shaver in the shower since they can be immersed in water.
- Rechargeable shavers are useful for frequent travellers.
- Razor shaving removes a thin layer of skin with each shave; electric shavers don't since they remove hair right at the skin line. So give yourself a week or two to adjust to a new shaver, especially if you previously used a razor.
- For those with sensitive skin, purchase a shaver that can be used with shaving cream or soap. Another option is to use a shaver that is manufactured to hold & dispense a cartridge of moisturizing cream while you shave.
- Shave against the grain of your beard or hair growth. Ensure that you hold your shaver head at a 90-degree angle to the skin to achieve the best cutter coverage.
- Shave the more sensitive areas of your face first since some shaver heads heat up while they operate and this can cause irritation
shaver maintenance tips
- Clean and lubricate your shaver's screen and cutter regularly for optimum performance.
- Screens should be replaced approx. every 6 months and the cutters every year, depending on how heavily you use your shaver. Rotary cutting systems should be replaced on average once every two years.