Switching to electric shaver, which?
I understand there are two types - dry and wet. Which gives a closer and less irritated shave? (My skin is quite sensitive.)
August 11th, 2005
I have quite dry skin, and use a combination wet/dry electric razor; due to it making less of a mess I run it dry more often than not, and once a week give it a go with a bit of moisture. (I'm not entirely clean-shaven -- I sport a natty Van Dyke -- and shaping it with an electric razor seems to be easier.)
As to closeness, nothing can really match a blade but most of the electric razors I've used do reasonably well. My current one (some sort of Philips effort, the model number of which escapes me at the moment) works a bit better when wet, but the difference is only really apparent if you rub your face; visually there's not much to choose between the two.
August 11th, 2005
I have a norelco something or another that has a little place to insert a gel/cream/lotion pack that gets dispersed over the blades when you push a pump-like button. It's great for shaving in the shower.
Actually I use Wilkinson Sword "Classic" razor blades ... heavier and sharper than the usual disposables ... using them is more like shaving off stubble, and less like scraping it off.
I'm very fond of the Gillette Track-2 myself. One blade seems to last a month or more (as long as you place it sharp-edge up to dry).
And I have NEVER recieved a close shave from an electric razor of any description -- Norelco, Remington, any of them. "As close as a blade..." kind of indicates that NOTHING will do better than a blade -- and usually the electrics do worse.
I use a norelco, with the round cutting heads, sorry don't know the model. I hate it, the thing can rip out long wiskers. And when the battery gets old (a year or so) the speed of the blades is very poor after 3 minutes of shaving.
There is a product from Mennen, Electic Shave, which is great for a pre-shave splash to keep erritation down from shaving.
Get one of the wet/dry Panasonics with the linear motor. I've used nothing but electric shaver's for the past 20 years and have tried them all (remington, norelco, braun) and thought they were all ok (not great, just ok). Then I got a Panasonic and it was much better then all the others. The remington gave a close shave, but the micro screen breaks after a couple of months and cost almost the price of the razor to replace. I've had my Panasonic for a couple of years and still using the original screen. The battery is only lasting about 4 days now, but it's been the best razor I've ever had by a long margin. Even though it's a wet/dry I only use it dry.
Yeah I should probably include with any razor comment I make that I do not grow thick facial hair.
>> There is a product from Mennen, Electic Shave, which is great for a pre-shave splash to keep erritation down from shaving. <<
The problem with Electric Shave is the odor. I wish they'd make a scent-free version. But it does work.
I have an older Norelco, which I keep adjusted for less-close cut because I tend to get ingrown hairs (TMI, I know).
My skin can't take a razor every day - with a couple days "rest," I can use any razor. So during the week, I use a Braun ultra-speed shaver. It shaves pretty close, doesn't irritate, easy to clean. I've never replaced the screen or blade because they cost a bundle. It's now been about 4 years that I've had this one and batteries don't hold a charge, so it has to be plugged in.
Don't get too overexcited about any electric razor. I switched to a Braun (Flex Integral Series) about a year ago. The main reason for switching was that shaving tends to irritate the skin on my neck and because I hate shaving.
The shave is definately not as close as a blade shave, but then again that's what keeps the skin from getting irritated. Apart from that, I was hoping an electric shave would be much faster. It's not, at least not by much. But you can save time by shaving while sitting on the toilet, watching television, sitting at the computer, etc.
My other razor, the one I use when I've been lazy and my stubbles grown too long or I'd like a close shave, is an old style Wilkison Sword safety razor type thing that holds individual blades (the ones with the keyhole shaped hole in them). I've not come across these blades in the North America for a long time (liability issues?), but they're excellent. They provide a really close shave, last forever, are cheap and have a bunch of other uses than just shaving.
I guess the point being: keep your old razor around as well.
Use oil rather than soap or detergent based lathers, you can use oil with most electric razors as well, though I haven't used an electric razor since I was about 15.
As I only shave my cheeks and neck, and then only when I'm in the mood or have to mingle with the population in a recogniseably civilised way, wet blade shaving is much the best way for me.
Simon, I'm surprised that during today's oil shortage you'd recommend such a wasteful course of action. Plus you'll smell like grease for the rest of the day, unless you wash with something so drying it can remove grease.
Is there a shortage of Eucalyptus trees, rosemary, bay and lavendar then?
Sheesh. Why do you think we invaded Iraq? All the Rosemary farms, of course.
Its better on my lamb than my face as well, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa, I shall switch to using boiled pine sap tapped from my very own trees from tomorrow.