Before You Shave
When you first open your new Braun, Panasonic, Philips, or Remington shaver be sure to charge
the shaver for a minimum of 8 hours, or overnight.
This ensures that the battery is fully charged before the first use.
This does not apply to cord model shavers or battery travel shavers.
Cleaning your electric shaver
It is best to clean your shaver after every shave.
Remington or Panasonic
foil shavers you can lift off the
head frame, which holds the screen, and gently brush out the whiskers
from the under side with the cleaning brush the manufacturer usually supplies. Do
not touch the screen itself with the cleaning brush. It is very fragile.
Below the screen is the cutter and that is the part you need to brush
out. Get all the accumulated whiskers out of the cutter, so that it
can properly do what it's supposed to do: Cut your beard! Whisker residue
built up on the cutters can prevent you from getting a good
For Philips rotary head
shavers, lift off the razor head assembly and brush out the under
side of the three cutters and the razor chamber. Do not tap heads on the
sink to remove whiskers. This may dent or damage the precision-made combs.
Every other month (or more if necessary) remove each of the cutters and
combs from the retaining plate, keeping each set as a matched pair. Brush
whiskers from the cutters and soak in liquid cleaner and lubricate.
Retainer plate - Head frame
Philips cutting head diagram
Most Philips shavers have a similar head assembly except the Arcitec, Sensotouch, Sensotouch 3D and some Coolskin models.
For wet/dry or washable models you can clean the shaver by opening the head frame or removing the shaving foil,
and rinsing the shaver under the tap. Leave the shaving foil off and the head frame open for the shaver to air-dry.
Wet-dry washable cleaning
Braun, Philips and Panasonic also make self-cleaning models. You simply place the shaver in the cleaning centre,
and it is automatically cleaned, and charged at the same time. This way you always have a clean, fully
charged shaver in the morning, with no work and no mess. The cleaning solution also includes a lubricant for the cutters,
ensuring they stay sharp as long as possible.
Self cleaning routine
Caring for your shaver
After you clean your shaver, it is important to lubricate the metal
surfaces of your screen and cutter. Spray a product such as Philips
aerosol lubricant, part no. AL80C or Remington's "Shaver Saver" on the
shaving screen while the shaver is running. This immediately frees up any
metal against metal binding. Use this lubricant sparingly. No need to wipe
it off. Proceed with your shaving. You will notice a pick up in the sound
level of the shaver motor which tells you that it is then operating at
its maximum power level.
Replacing the Screen and Cutter
To get a good close shave, you must first start with a smooth screen
and a sharp cutter. Over a period of time, usually one year, the screen
will become thin and wear through. The cutter will become dull. For best
results, we recommend that you replace these parts annually during the
life of the shaver. If you don't, you're inclined to press harder to get a
closer shave, or you may go over the same area of your face repeatedly.
Either of these actions usually will result in irritated skin.
Electric Shaver vs. Blade Shaving
Properly used, most electric shavers can give you a shave that is
every bit as close as, if not closer than, a shave obtained from a blade
razor. How is this possible? An electric shaver rolls up the skin ahead of
the whisker, forcing the whisker up above what would be considered the
skin line, where it is then cut off. You might think of this as shaving
your whisker off below the skin line, since the whiskers are forced up
before they are sheared off. Every time you shave with a manual razor you
actually take off a very thin layer of skin. This can be a problem
with people who have difficulty healing or even dangerous with people who
are on blood thinning medication. This situation can be difficult with
seniors who have wrinkled skin. Seniors may also have an unsteady hand
making it possible to have nicks and cuts. With electric shaving, you are
shaving at or below the skin line, without actually shaving the skin. When
shaving with a blade there is replacement scar tissue that the body
produces after every razor blade shave. You do not produce this scar tissue
with electric shaving.
Foil vs. Rotary
The most common question we hear is “Should I buy a foil shaver or a rotary shaver” and the short answer is:
Buy the one that works best for you. If you have never had an electric shaver before, or are unhappy with your current one,
almost all models come with a money back guarantee. Rotary shavers like Philips and Remington may be better for people with
uneven skin, or anyone on blood thinning medication, because they have a thicker outer foil than foil shavers. Foil shavers
like Braun, Panasonic and Remington may be able to give a slightly closer shave due to their thinner outer foil, but they are more delicate.
If you have very sensitive skin, you may want to consider a wet/dry model. Both Philips and Panasonic make wet/dry models.
You can use shaving gel or cream with these shavers, as well as shave in the shower, to minimize irritation.
Preparing your beard
One good piece of advice is to shower before shaving, it helps to
soften your beard. Softening your beard hairs does not just apply if you
shave with a manual razor and shaving cream, electric shaving can also be
improved if the beard is softer. To do this wash the beard with warm
water, soak it with a hot wash cloth, pat it dry thoroughly and dust with
If this is not possible, splash on an
alcohol based pre-shave. This will remove skin oil and make the
beard stand out from your face as much as possible. If alcohol is an
irritant for you, we have a powder stick that will give similar
results. If using a pre-shave lotion, wash your hands before picking up
the razor. Pre-shave lotion can loosen the glue that holds the decorative
discs on the Philishaver's shaving head. Lotion on the hands can cause the
razor housing to bubble over a period of time. After shaving apply lotion
to the skin, this helps keep the skin moist.
Gently rub your fingers over your face to find out what direction your
beard is growing. It may vary from one part of your face to another. Now
pull the skin gently with one hand, while dragging the shaver against the
direction of growth with your other hand. This will give you the closest
shave. In the case of a rotary-type shaver like Philips, make small
circular motions of the shaver head on your face. Remember not to press
hard or go over the same spot repeatedly.
Many men who have very sensitive skin report that it helps them to
shave the most tender areas of their face (the neck area below the
jawbone) first, and then move up to the tougher areas of their face in the
areas between the ears, nose and mouth. Some shavers generate heat on
their shaving surfaces and heat can cause irritation, so shave the tender
areas of your face first while the shaver head is coolest.
Some customers have a problem with in-grown hair. This may result from
abrasions on the skin that have healed and scabbed over the follicle. In
other instances, a dull cutter may shred curly hair follicles causing them
to snag surface of the skin and grow inward. In either case, what is
required is a fine hair trimmer to cut the hair to the skin, then a foil
to shave you close.
If ingrown hair and razor bumps are a frequent problem for you, it may
not be the best advice to shave against the direction of hair growth. Some
dermatologists believe that shaving against the hair growth is not a great
idea. You may be actually getting a shave that is too close and prone to
ingrown hairs. If you are using an electric razor that lifts the hair
before it cuts it, the tip may actually become embedded under the surface
of the skin when your hair springs back into place, which may lead to
ingrown hairs. This, however, is not a common problem.
Adjusting to your new shaver
If you have been using a different brand of electric shaver than the one
you are switching over to, please allow for some break in time.
Although most shavers have somewhat similar shaving principles, their "in
use" applications differ. Give yourself a week or two for your face to
adjust to the new shaver.
If you have been using a blade razor, then you must give your face a
minimum of two to three weeks to adjust to electric shaving. Why? Well,
every time you shave with a razor you actually take off a very thin layer
of skin. With electric shaving, you are shaving at or below the skin line,
without actually shaving the skin. So, you need this two to three weeks
adjustment time to get rid of the replacement scar tissue that the body
produces after every razor blade shave. You do not produce this scar tissue
with electric shaving. Do not fluctuate back and forth between blade
shaving and electric shaving if you want to achieve the many benefits of
electric shaving. Be determined and stick with your decision to use an
Remember to keep your shaver clean and lubricated, replace the screen and cutter when necessary, use a light touch
and stay with it.