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Do you need shaving cream with an electric shaver?

Yes, or No, that depends on the individual's preference. If you prefer to go a wet shave, then using shaving creams is essential to make the process simpler and more enjoyable.

Now comes the question: How do I use shaving cream with an electric razor?

Ok, lemme tell you!

It’s a straightforward process that will take you less than ten minutes out of your busy schedule, but it’s also mandatory for us to keep our beard neat and well-groomed.

I’m going to walk you through nine simple steps to educate you on how I use shaving cream with an electric shaver?

#1 – Prepare your face

Do You Need Shaving Cream With An Electric Shaver?
A man washing a face

I always wash my face before applying any shaving lubricant (gel or cream), which helps to remove excess dirt and oil.

Pro Tip: Despite whether you shave your face or head, wash your targeted area first.

#2 – Use of shaving cream

I always love to use Organic SCA 100% 3-in-1 Before and After Shave Cream due to my sensitive skin. One of the best things is it works for all skin types.

Organic SCA 100% shaving cream can also perform well while shaving sensitive areas of the body.

Pro Tip : Whatever shaving cream you would love to use, always keep an eye on the ingredients list, which should be chemical or paraben-free rather than distracted by attractive pictures and big good looking fonts.

#3 – Application of shaving cream

Rub a small amount of shaving cream in your palm to form a consistent lather then apply to the desired area.

I generally take a small amount of cream on my palm, add a few drops of rose water, and rub my hand together to create a nice lather. Massage over the desired area using upward and downward strokes.

Pro Tip: I add rose water instead of plain water, which rejuvenates my skin even more because rose water has many benefits.

#4 – Use of good quality electric shaver

I want you to pay utmost attention to this step which is the base of a smooth and close shave. Always prefer to buy a good quality shaver from a reputable company even before buying, look for all the essential features which must be part of a good quality shaver.

I have jotted down the list of 11+ key points that help you make a worthy buy of a quality electric shaver.

Your quality shaver consists of:

  • Wet/Dry shaving feature which means it must be 100% waterproof.
  • It must contain a 360-degree flex head for a smooth shave which helps to bend side to side and back and forth while moving internal shaving elements in and out.
  • It must use rechargeable batteries rather than AAA batteries, as this will be the more cost-efficient alternative if you shave every day.
  • This feature is an optional, built-in cleaning and charging station over manual cleaning, particularly for those who lack the time, as it enables you to clean and lubricate in one go. Although it will increase the cost, you can save a few dollars if you can clean it yourself.
  • It must incorporate a pop-up precision trimmer.
  • Good auto sensor technology should be present, allowing the system to adjust its speed in response to the density of the hair.
  • It must have between four and five blades for the optimal experience.
  • Replacement components should be easily accessible.
  • At the very least, five to six different attachments should be available.
  • It must be cordless and lightweight.
  • LED indicators should be there for charging, cleaning, or replacement of blades.
  • The grip must be firm to hold.
Pro Tip: I use Panasonic Arc5  regardless of price which works very well for me. If the budget is an issue, go for Braun Series 3 310. It works quite similarly.

#5 – Type of electric shavers

Foil and Rotary electric shaver

Is it better to shave with a foil shaver or a rotary shaver?

No problem, the same thing happened to me when I first began shaving; I asked many people what form of shaver was the best?

This is where I went wrong. Instead of asking what type of shaver fits my skin?

To begin with, no one can tell you which form of shaver is best for your face.

You just need to find one that fits your skin tolerance levels and your budget.

Both do the same task but vary in features and suitability.


Let me tell you in short so that those who don’t know get to know better.

What is Foil Electric Shaver?

A foil shaver consists of a thin layer of metal foil covering it to shield the skin from direct contact with the sharp blades. The blades glide back and forth, trimming the scalp, while the foil gathers and conceals the hair that has been cut.[1]

What is Rotary Electric shaver?

A rotary shaver is those which consist of blades that move in a circular direction. They have multiple individual shaving heads.

Although both, the foil shaver and the rotary shaver are helpful in their own ways, I prefer foil shaver because it does not irritate my skin.

I hope this information helps you decide which type of electric razor is better for you.

#6 – Make sure your shaver is fully charged

Electric shaver with LED Indicator for charging, cleaning and replacement of blades

Shaving with low-battery shaver results in pulling and tugging your hair, making sure your shaver is full of charge before shaving.

#7 – Shave against the grain

Image Credit: headblade.co.uk

Determine the path of growth in different areas of your face with your palm, and then work against the grain which helps to avoid nick and cuts.

Pro Tip: If you are using a rotary shaver, try to determine the exact direction by doing clockwise and counter-clockwise circular movements and up and down and left to right.

#8 – Use aftershave or balm

After shave balm

Disposing of the blades once your task is finished does not mean that you ignore this step.

Choose a nourishing balm, as it will double down on moisture restoration while shielding, toning, and soothing the skin.

I use Proraso Sensitive Aftershave Balm because it provides instant relief after shaving.

Pro Tip: Avoid alcohol-containing products; they can burn and dry out your skin.

#9 – Make it a pleasant routine

Shaving is an art form in and of itself, since it teaches you how to move your hands smoothly and without making any errors. Thus, make it enjoyable rather than boring and painful.

How to manually clean an electric shaver?

No issue if your electric shaver doesn’t have an auto cleaning feature.

I have made a list to show how to manually clean your electric shaver, whether rotary or foil, in just a few simple steps.

  • Eliminate the majority of hair from the shaving head.
  • Apply a few drops of liquid soap to the shaving head and then over the foils.
  • Turn on the shaver.
  • While the shaver is still working, kindly clean the head with warm tap water.
  • Switch off the razor, remove the shaving head, and thoroughly clean it.
  • Shake off excess water with a clean cloth and pat dry absolutely with a clean cloth.

Frequent Asked Questions

Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about using shaving lubricants with an electric shaver.

#1 What’s The Point Of Shaving Cream?

Using shaving cream not only helps you avoid nicks and cuts, but also glides your electric shaver effortlessly, resulting in a gentle and smooth close shave.

#2 Is Shaving Cream Necessary?

Yes or No. It is up to the person whether he or she has fragile skin that is prone to irritation and razor bumps.
There is one more trick: by using moisturiser lotion, you can absolutely stop shaving cream.

#3 How long does shaving cream last?

This is completely dependent on the length and thickness of your beard and how many times a week you shave.

#4 What is dry shaving?

A dry shave is one that is performed without the use of water or shaving lubricants such as gels or creams.

However, it may be dangerous at times due to the difficulties involved with shaving dry for those with coarser and denser hair.

It can be done with either an electric or manual razor.

#5 How to use shaving cream?

Just take out a small amount of cream from the jar or tube and place it on your palm. Add 5–6 drops of water and rub your hands together to form a soft lather before massaging it into your face in the desired area.

Final Wording

I hope my step-by-step guide answers all your questions fully!

Yes, it takes slightly longer than a dry shave, but in my opinion, it is completely worth it. Personally, I shave dry only when I’m short on time.

Now you know that shaving cream can be used with electric shavers along with other useful tips which help to make your shaving experience smooth and shine.

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