Using Shaving Foam With an Electric Shaver

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You can shave with most electric razors with or without shaving foam. Depending on your shaving needs, you may choose to apply shaving foam, gel, cream, or oil for a wet shave, or go for a dry shave. If you use shaving foam, you can get a closer shave with your electric razor than you can get from dry shaving.

Is it Better to Shave Wet or Dry with an Electric Razor?

This decision depends on which kind of a shave you are looking for. If you are going for quick maintenance with little risk of nicks and cuts, a dry shave is the better option. However, if you need a closer shave with a more luxurious feel, a wet shave will suit your needs.

How to Use an Electric Shaver for a Dry Shave

To dry shave with an electric razor, first make sure your skin is clean and free of oil. Allow the shaver’s foil heads to gently glide along your face. It’s usually a good idea to go against the grain of your beard- that means opposite the direction your hair naturally lays. Use a shaving brush to remove the hair from your face when you are done.

How to Use an Electric Shaver for a Wet Shave

To wet shave with an electric razor, wash your skin and lather up your shaving foam. Make sure you have covered all of the areas you plan to shave with your shaving foam. You can get your shaver pretty close to your skin, but don’t press down. Apply light pressure.  

A wet shave gives you a clean feeling at the end. When you do a wet shave, you rinse away any hair as you wash the shaving foam off your face.

Benefits of Using Shaving Foam with an Electric Shaver

Shaving foams, creams, and gels, lubricates your skin, providing a smoother surface for blades to glide over. This allows you to get a closer shave. Shaving foam can also help reduce skin irritation and razor burn that often occurs during and after the shave. Many shaving foamss are formulated with ingredients like Vitamin E that help maintain healthy skin after your shave.

Types of Electric Shaver

There are 2 types of electric shavers: rotary and foil shavers. Rotary shavers have rotating heads. Foil shavers have rotating blades with a metal foil in between that prevents the blades from getting too close to your skin.

Rotary shavers are best if you have thick, coarse hair. Rotary shavers allow you to shave in any direction, which is ideal if you prefer a circular shaving motion. Rotary shavers are great if you have deep-set cheeks or a face with more contours.

Foil shavers are best if you have sensitive skin. You can only shave in one direction with a foil shaver. If you are used to an up-and-down shaving motion, this won’t be a problem. Foil shavers can give a closer shave as long as your face doesn’t have pronounced cheekbones or other nooks and crannies that are hard to reach. 

There are dual wet and dry models for each of these types of electric shaver. If you use a foil shaver with shaving foam, make sure to clean it regularly because build-up can be an issue.

How Can I Tell whether My Electric Razor Works for Wet Shaving?

On the packaging of your electric razor, it will mention whether it is a wet shaver, a dry shaver, or dual action. If you no longer have the packaging, try searching for the same model of shaver online and reading a product description. As long as your shaver is waterproof, it is appropriate for either shaving style.

Do Electric Razors Get a Close Shave?

Electric razors can get a close shave, but you will need to use shaving foam for maximum closeness with this tool. The shave won’t be quite as close as one you may get with a cartridge razor, but many people prefer the convenience and control of an electric shaver.

How Do You Shave with an Electric Razor without Irritation?

Just like manual razors, electric razors need to have sharp, clean blades to avoid irritation. Replace your electric razor blades every 12 – 18 months to reduce the risk of nicks and razor bumps. Most razors come with small brushes used to clean hair and debris from the blades. If you have dry skin, wet shaving can help keep your skin moisturized and reduce