Do you use shaving cream with an electric razor? Well that depends on the type of electric razor you own. If your shaver is capable of wet shaving then you can use shaving cream if you choose to do so.
Using shaving cream will give you a different experience with electric razors. Some shavers perform quite well with shaving cream and will give you a better smoother shave. If you want to learn more about getting the most out of your electric razor and shaving cream read the rest of this article.
Electric Razors & Shaving Cream
Original electric razors weren't designed to work with shaving cream. Nearly all of our modern day versions have evolved to to perform a wet shave. It's kind of the best of both worlds when you're wet shaving with an electric razor.
However don't be fooled into thinking it'll be as close of a shave compared to your razor blade. Electric razors can't achieve a shave as close as a safety razor. They will still give you a shave that's rather close and it'll shave you much quicker.
If you're going to be wet shaving often with your electric razor then make sure you're using shaving cream the right way. When you apply shaving cream it's important to only apply a very thin layer. It also helps if you apply it by rubbing it on going against the grain.
Applying it against the grain helps raise your hairs and give you a closer shave. Applying it in thin layers avoids having the cream get in the way of your shaver. When you've done these two things you just need to make sure you rinse your shaver between passes to guarantee the closest shave each time.
Dry shaving is what electric razors were originally created for. This is also where they excel and stand out from other types of shavers. You can achieve a good shave using nothing else but your shaver.
It's the ultimate shave for being quick and convenient. Because some mornings you just don't have the time to wet shave. You won't be able to see the small hairs left behind with the naked eye but if you rub your hands across your face you'll feel them.
Personally I love an electric razor shave both dry or wet. It's just much more convenient and you still have choices of how you want to shave.
Rotary vs Foil Shavers
If you're in the market for a good electric razor make sure you know which type if best for you. Most people purchase blindly and that leaves you with a 50/50 chance of selecting the right type. Both Rotary and Foil types are better suited for certain types of hair.
Rotary Shavers - This type of shaver is best suited for curly, thicker, and circular growth pattern hair. If you find your facial hair to be a little wild then this is the suitable electric razor type for you.
Foil Shavers - This type of shaver is best suited for thinner, straight, and straight growth pattern hairs. Most men fall into this category because they will be shaving more often so the hairs stay relatively short.
If you're going to be shaving less often and you'll have a good shadow beard when you shave then a rotary will be a better option. Take a moment to judge your facial hair and your shaving habits to decide the best type for you.
Which Works Best With Shaving Cream
Rotary shavers tend to work better with shaving cream. You'll usually have a little more hair growth when you go to shave and shaving cream helps a lot when you do. Since you must move the shaver in a small circular pattern when shaving it also helps to have shaving cream.
There are just many more benefits to using shaving cream with a rotary shaver vs a foil shaver. Just remember to apply the shaving cream in a thin layer and use it to help raise your whiskers for a closer shave.
If you're looking for a good rotary shaver read our review of the Philips 5500.
How to Properly Shave with Shave Cream
Now you could just go about your shaving routine slapping a large glob of shaving cream on and doing your best to shave through it. I prefer to use a better method however and I would love to show you the aspects of my shave routine I use to get the most of out my shaving cream.
Vitamin E - First make sure you have a good shave cream. I recommend getting something with vitamin e and to avoid minty shave creams. Here's a link to an article where I talk about one of my favorite shave creams.
Exfoliate - Before you apply any shave cream make sure to scrub your face down. Use a soft bristle brush or a washcloth and wipe away any excess dirt or oils on your face. This also helps expose smaller hairs trapped under skin and is a key to getting a good shave.
Rub It In - When you're applying shaving cream make sure to really rub it in. You want to sort of massage the cream into your whiskers. This helps raise your hairs and get them standing up for a good shave.
Thin Amounts - Always make sure your shaving cream is applied in a thin layer. You can always go back and add some more if needed. Applying to much shaving cream just makes it get in the way and causes problems.
Shaving Creams Vs Shave Gels
You don't have to use a shaving cream exactly... there are plenty of other great options out there. I've grown to love some of the shave gels. Shave gel spreads better for me so in the long run it's lasting a lot longer.
There's also shave butters, shave oils, and water based shaving products. What I did was buy the travel size or smallest amounts of shaving product until I came by one I really enjoyed. Now I've got a shave gel and a shave oil that I really like and stick with.
You can use shaving creams and shaving gels with your electric razor. Either is fine and they both fit my recommendations above. Look for the Vitamin E and apply it in thin amounts.
If you find yourself in a pinch like maybe you're traveling or have forgotten to bring your shaving cream there are some alternatives you can use. Of course you could shave with warm water but you can better it if you have some soft soap.
Soft soap makes for a great shaving cream when nothing else is available. It's also the only product I recommend when you're shaving your manhood.
Before You Go!
So, do you use shaving cream with an electric razor? I guess you know the answer to the question now. Choosing a good shaving cream is important. It's almost as important as choosing a good electric razor. Buy the smallest version of the creams you want to try and you'll find something that pairs well with you.
If you have any tips or suggestions for shaving cream and electric razors please leave a comment below. Thanks for reading!