Anyone use an electric razor….

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    Mar 07, 2014 10:10 AM GMT
    I'm a first timer…. with sensitive skin. Do they give a nice close shave like a blade and what should i be looking for. Thank you guys…. in advance here.
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    Mar 07, 2014 10:25 AM GMT
    I use a Norelco. The model I have allows it to be used with shaving cream. I used to be a razor person and then I got the Norelco for Christmas. It gives me such a close shave. I really like it.
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    Mar 07, 2014 10:26 AM GMT
    No, not as close as with a razor. And if you have sensitive skin I'll predict that you'll find it less than pleasant.

    I only shave my throat. I decided to go back to an electric and got a Remington. It was the highest rated on Amazon if I remember correctly. The blades wear down and need replacing periodically; every 6 months maybe it was? You could tell because it started pulling and getting painful.

    At one point I decided that it wasn't worth the hassle and went back to a triple blade Gillette.
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    Mar 07, 2014 11:07 AM GMT
    thank you for the advice. I really didn't know the blades had to be changed out. I'm still on the fence on this one, yet getting the one that you can use shaving cream with might be a bonus. Thanks again
  • PolitiMAC

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    Mar 07, 2014 12:55 PM GMT
    I actually use both icon_razz.gif

    I go over what I have with the electric as it's easier and quicker, so that will five me a functional job that won't last long.

    Just after I finish the quick once over with the electric, I then go over with the blade against the grain to get it super close.

    Works for me, and lowers the amount of effort you need to put in to remove hair caught in the blade icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 07, 2014 1:02 PM GMT
    Never heard of an electric using shaving cream, the idea being that only the hair---with nothing extra--- is to fit into the foil, leading to the blades.
    Try a Panasonic, which is not expensive and can be found online more than in stores. ALL electrics require new blades and foil yearly.
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    Mar 07, 2014 1:20 PM GMT
    I use both. My body's hair follicles seem to have been wired with too many nerve endings, and I can only shave with a blade in the shower. And, with the moles on my face, I have to really concentrate on what I'm doing to avoid getting nicked. I like the more refreshing feel after a razor shave, but more and more I end up using the electric for the ease and convenience. My electric is the Panasonic ES8243A.
  • Farmboy8

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    Mar 07, 2014 1:52 PM GMT
    I tried briefly and had irritation issues, so I'm bck to a blade. Electric on my body, for the most part.
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    Mar 07, 2014 2:08 PM GMT
    I use a Norelco rotary, rather than a foil shaver from other brands. The foils shave my face closer, but are fragile and require replacing more quickly, and often fail on me completely.

    The Norelcos last forever, and top models tell you when to change the heads, about yearly, a function of run time. Norelco offers several different shaving head designs & features, their Senso Touch 3D series currently their best models, and it does shave well for me.

    We each have a Norelco 3D, useable in the shower. I seldom do that, and then only with ordinary wash soap. Shaving cream can build deposits inside the 3 heads. Shaver instructions will tell you that it takes a while for your skin to adapt to an electric for the best shave. And ultimately I think a razor still can give a closer shave.

    But daily razor use makes my face break out in blemishes. Whereas my husband gets a neck rash from his Norelco, mainly because he doesn't use it much, alternating with a razor. For him the electric's his in-a-hurry quick shave, which I got him originally because his former blood thinners prevented using a blade at all. So this is gonna depend on YOUR skin.

    I also use a razor about once a week lightly on my neck only, because the Norelco has a problem catching all my neck hairs. And electrics have trouble with hairs once they get long.
  • LJay

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    Mar 07, 2014 2:21 PM GMT
    Have a full beard and shave only my neck. The electric is not great. I have a Norelco. What really seems to work best is my little beard trimmer without the guard. It does leave some stubble, but not enough to be really noticeable. Once in a while I use a blade.

    Electric razors are expensive and often end up on the shelf.
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    Mar 07, 2014 2:31 PM GMT
    I have very sensitive skin too. I can't use any shaving cream. So I use trimmer. It gives me a zero cut. I am fine with it.
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    Mar 07, 2014 2:40 PM GMT
    LJay saidHave a full beard and shave only my neck. The electric is not great. I have a Norelco. What really seems to work best is my little beard trimmer without the guard. It does leave some stubble, but not enough to be really noticeable. Once in a while I use a blade.

    I've had a full beard, and I found the maintenance greater than just shaving my whole face. Even though with the Norelco I sometimes shave twice a day now, in the evening again if I'm going out to kill any shadow. But it takes under a minute to run it quickly over my face, so no real hassle.

    With a beard, though, I still had to shave daily, my neck as you do, plus my cheeks, and under my lower lip. I could use the Norelco for that, but every other or 3rd day I'd use a razor to define the edges better, and reduce my mustache size (a big Cossack one). And also every 3rd day or so I'd use a beard trimmer over the entire thing, the mustache kept at a little longer length.

    All in all a lot more work than just shaving everything. And when the beard started going white in my mid-50s I said enough, this thing is making me look older & grubbier, and taking too much of my time.
  • DanOmatic

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    Mar 07, 2014 2:43 PM GMT
    I use a Philips body shaver: I keep permanent "5 o'clock shadow" scruff on my face, and I find that the body shaver keeps that nicely maintained. Obviously it's not meant to give a really close shave.

    Also, as a cyclist/triathlete, it makes shaving my legs really easy. Not as close as with a razor, but close enough, and in a fraction of the time.



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    Mar 07, 2014 3:22 PM GMT
    I do too have a sensitive skin but I've had no problems with my electric razor, though I don't use it for a clean shave I use it to have more like a scruffy look. Otherwise I would use a regular one.
  • LJay

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    Mar 07, 2014 3:33 PM GMT
    Well, Art Deco, I am just not that fussy. I use a couple of settings on the beard trimmer and do touch up my upper lip and underneath my mouth with a scissors every couple of days. My beard does not grow so quickly that it is a problem.

    Long years ago, I took some advice from a barber. He said that he tried to trim beards to an outline rather than trying to get every whisker in its perfect place. Makes lifeless stressful for me.

    About once a week, I do a careful touch up, but otherwise it is just not that big a deal.
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    Mar 07, 2014 3:33 PM GMT
    Just bought my first electric razor last night actually. I bought it to shave my head with, as using standard clippers scratches my head up and a razor is time consuming. I shaved half my head this morning dry and did the other side in the shower using soap. I was expecting the wet shave to work better, but I think the dry shave did the job quicker. I'll still use a razor on my face because I don't want to give up the exfoliating benefits. I've noticed guys who shave their face with electric razors age faster.
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    Mar 07, 2014 3:34 PM GMT
    DanOmatic saidI use a Philips body shaver: I keep permanent "5 o'clock shadow" scruff on my face, and I find that the body shaver keeps that nicely maintained. Obviously it's not meant to give a really close shave.

    Also, as a cyclist/triathlete, it makes shaving my legs really easy. Not as close as with a razor, but close enough, and in a fraction of the time.

    I have one, too. Branded as a Norelco BodyGroom 2040, for some body manscaping. Keeps my chest hair under control along with a few other bushy places, and, believe it or not, the back of my hands and fingers. Otherwise I look like a werewolf.

    I've also got a Norelco beard trimmer (I obviously like their products). Without a beard at present I only use that now for trimming the back of my neck, my sideburns, my eyebrows and my husband's, too.

    I've also got a Wahl professional hair trimmer, which I use on my husband. I'm the only person who's cut his hair for years, which saves us hundreds annually. Being half bald and liking his remaining hair short it's a snap.

    Plus I can do it anytime, like just before some social function he's gotta attend, so he goes with a fresh haircut. No hassles with making a barber shop appointment and blocking out a lot of time for it, takes less than 15 minutes right at home.
  • rnch

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    Mar 07, 2014 3:48 PM GMT
    swimjammer saidI use a Norelco. The model I have allows it to be used with shaving cream. I used to be a razor person and then I got the Norelco for Christmas. It gives me such a close shave. I really like it.





    My choice also.
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    Mar 07, 2014 5:02 PM GMT
    I've had some of the best electric shavers available, and a variety of shave creams - even an electric device that heated my shave cream. I often nicked myself with the electrics though - just trying to get a decent shave. I then discovered the Gillette Mach III. A much closer shave and NO cutting - so no more electric shavers for me.

    I shave in the shower, toward the end of a shower, so the steam has had time to soften my course beard. Then, I just use a little hair conditioner on my face & neck, and begin shaving, with the grain. When finished, I just rinse off and I'm done. No mess at the sink. I don't even need a mirror. No blood. No nicks. No problem. I make my blades last two weeks this way. I wouldn't want to go back to electric shaving.
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    Mar 07, 2014 5:13 PM GMT
    I got horrible razer burn from mine, I finally switched to a safety razer(better shave, no irritation on my sensitive skin) and shave soap for my neck and the Istubble for my face
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    Mar 07, 2014 6:23 PM GMT
    Naw tried one for 10 days and noticed the beard started to grow slower and I went back to the razor (I like stubble)
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    Mar 07, 2014 6:50 PM GMT
    I tried it for a while. I don't look good with stubble so it didn't work well for me. Also, when I changed back to wet shaving I got a rash.
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    Mar 07, 2014 6:57 PM GMT
    I use electric and then the blade it helps
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    Mar 07, 2014 7:12 PM GMT
    robbee333 saidI'm a first timer…. with sensitive skin. Do they give a nice close shave like a blade and what should i be looking for. Thank you guys…. in advance here.

    When the OP mentioned he was a frst timer, I assumed he was talking about shaving his nether regions . . .
  • FRE0

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    Mar 07, 2014 7:28 PM GMT
    I have an incompatible combination, i.e., tough beard and tender skin. No method of shaving worked well for me. With the blade method, I had to shave against the growth direction else I looked half-shaved and at that time, men's faces were supposed to be as smooth as women's faces. I always got a rash and ingrown hair. With an electric shaver, there was less blood, but I never looked closely shaved and there was still ingrown hair. With either method, the process took at least 10 minutes and I had to apply rubbing alcohol after shaving else my face felt sore all day. Of course the alcohol really stung, but at least my face felt better afterward.

    Finally, in November 1974, I made the decision to stop shaving and let my beard grow. By then, beards had become at least somewhat socially acceptable so I could grow a beard and still stay employed. I use barber clippers to keep my beard short but do not shave any part of it.

    For some men, shaving is quick and easy, but there are some of us who really should not shave. It's too bad that some men feel forced to shave when they'd be better off not shaving.