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Easy Electric Shaving

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Whether it was the complicated designs or poor performance in the past, electric razors have long been ignored as a viable means to smooth skin and a sharp look. But you don't need a badger brush and a five-blade razor to get a close shave. The key is finding the right razor and the proper technique.

The Razor
Rotary Razor
Foil Razor

When it comes to plug-in shavers, you've got two choices: rotary and foil. Rotary razors often shave stubble closer but can sometimes cause irritation for those with curly hair. Foil shavers, with blades covered by a metal mesh, are more gentle.

The Prep

Don't wet your whiskers. Unlike a traditional shave, an electric shave yields the best results on dry stubble and skin. Even if your razor can get wet, your best bet is to shave before your shower.

The Shave

Let the razor do the work—you don't need to apply much pressure. If you're using a rotary razor, work in a circular motion over the stubble. With a foil shaver, you want to hold the razor at a 90-degree angle and move against the direction of the hair growth.

The Finish

Electric shavers tend to produce more friction than manual razor blades, so make sure to finish with an aftershave balm or moisturizer to cool and soothe skin. And to prevent further irritation, make sure to clean the blades thoroughly every three to four shaves.

    Electric razors work best on beards with three days or less of growth. Any more and you should probably switch to a manual blade.








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