Finding the right shaver
An electric shaver is a very popular Christmas gift, so if you’re thinking of buying one for that special someone, especially if they’ve always been a wet shaver or they’re just beginning to shave, or if you’re buying one for yourself, there are a few things to be aware of.
An electric shaver is faster than a wet shave – after all, most of us are prone to rushing in the mornings, but even in a hurry there’s no chance of cutting yourself. Another positive is the fact that you don’t have to buy new blades to replace the blunt ones every week, and you also don’t need access to (warm) water, which can be very helpful at times. (But we don’t recommend using your shaver while you’re driving or on the train!)
Basically there are two styles of shaver - those that have a foil or the ones with rotary or floating heads. I wouldn’t say one was better than the other; it’s really a question of personal preference. Philips shavers have 3 individually floating heads that adjust to the different curves of your face to give a closer shave and to reduce irritation. They're rechargeable but conveniently can also be used from the mains in case you run out of power halfway through. The head is washable to keep it clean, and it comes with a travel pouch for when you are on the move. They would be an excellent first razor; there’s little point in splashing out initially as the person may not like dry shaving, plus there’s unlikely to be a need for a more advanced one as their whiskers will usually be sparser and softer.
In addition to the traditional dry shavers, the Panasonic range can be used either dry or with shaving gel, a feature designed to lessen any possible irritation. They have curved foils and a pivoting head to increase its ability to get a close shave in those harder places such as the neck or jawline. It’s pleasantly quiet to use too.
The other major feature of shavers to bear in mind is those that self-clean. this Braun 7790CC4 Series 7 shaver does just that. It automatically cleans, dries, charges and lubricates to keep your shaver like new every day.
If you’re using an electric shaver for the first time then it can take your skin a couple of weeks to adjust, and you’ll probably find the same if you switch from one style of shaver to another. Shaving once your skin has warmed up i.e. after your shower will help reduce irritation and there are also a myriad of pre and post shaving creams you can use! Wash with a special shaving wash or scrub first, and dry thoroughly before applying a good pre-electric shaving product to help the shaver glide over your skin. Shave against the grain of the beard to get a closer shave, and do use a balm or aftershave afterwards.
You’ll need to replace heads and foils every one to two years as they will blunt, but that’s as much maintenance as they need. With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to turn into a smooth operator.