The best tips for dry shaving

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Dry shaving is good for those who like it fast and convenient: apply pre-shave, crank up the razor, and off you go. There is also little risk of cutting yourself. However, in this type of shaving the hair is cut only on the surface of the skin. So you see it sooner.

While wet shaving cuts off the hair, the dry shaver’s shaving heads plane it off, removing even a few thousandths of a millimeter of the skin’s horny layer. Shaved skin and hair pimples can then settle as horn dust in the pores and clog them.

So to prevent this, you should apply a pre-shave beforehand. It straightens the beard hair and contains antiseptic agents that protect against inflammation. After shaving you should also apply an aftershave. 

When better dry?
In case of acne and infectious skin dry shaving can be more advantageous. Because injuries are avoided. Disinfect the shaving heads occasionally and use care formulations prescribed by the dermatologist.

With electricity: The dry way

Or should you rather shave dry? Here is who it is better for and how you can get a smooth chin even with electrics

Dry shaving is good for those who like it fast and convenient: apply pre-shave, fire up the razor and off you go. The risk of cutting oneself is also low. However, with this type of shaving, the hair is only cut on the surface of the skin. So you see it faster.
While with the wet shave the hair is cut off, the shaving heads of the dry razor plane it off and thus also remove a few thousandths of a millimeter of the horny layer of the skin. Shaved off skin and hair pimples can then settle into the pores as horn dust and clog them up.

To prevent this, you should therefore apply a pre-shave beforehand. It straightens the whiskers and contains antiseptic agents that protect against inflammation. After shaving, you should also apply an aftershave here.

When better dry?
“In case of acne and infectious skin”, says Bernnecke, “dry shaving can be more advantageous. Because injuries are avoided. Disinfect the shaving heads occasionally and use care formulas prescribed by the dermatologist.”

Shaver care: The most important tips for machine freaks

The skin is cared for, the razor on the other hand often neglected. Here are the most important tips for dry shavers

How to clean a dry razor then properly?
Don’t worry, it’s not that complicated at all: no matter how many oscillating “heads” the thing has, the process is always the same for foil shavers: take down the shaving foil, blow or tap it out. Clean the shaving head itself with the original brush – its bristles are precisely matched to the razor.

If this is lost in your bathroom: You can buy a new one for about two euros at a specialty store. It’s even easier with a special cleaning spray (about five euros), so the dirt dissolves almost by itself. You can clean the rotating and removable knife block inside in the same way. Do not forget: Disconnect the power plug beforehand!

How often do you have to disinfect the shaving head area?
About every six weeks, recommends Jürgen Höser from the manufacturer Braun. But please do not use high-percentage alcohol. Better: A mild special solution (you get for about three euros in the razor department or specialty stores).

To ensure that everything runs smoothly the next time you shave, be sure to re-grease afterwards. To do this, spread a drop of sewing machine oil on the shaving blade with your finger. Do not forget the middle and long hair trimmer.

And an apparatus with circling shaving heads?
No need to rotate either: These can be easily removed. You can even rinse them under water.

Then you also have access to the beard hair collection container and can empty it. “With the Action-Cleaner, every Philishaver can be conveniently disinfected, which should be done about every three weeks,” explains Petra Alisch from Philips. The shaving head is placed on the device and the disinfecting solution is pumped through – and that’s it.

When to change the shaving blade?
Well, at the latest when your shave really gets under your skin!

No, seriously, you should not wait until you hurt yourself on a defective shaving blade. When a new shaving part is due depends on the user. On average, it is recommended to replace the foil and blade block together after 18 months at the latest.

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