How to Dry Facial Shave for Men

An electric razor gives the best dry shave.
An electric razor gives the best dry shave. (Image: Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Shaving with water and cream gives you a silky-smooth face, but if you're in a hurry, dry shaving works just as well. You don't need to wash your face or apply shaving cream to dry shave, so you can do it almost anywhere. Straight razors and safety razors aren't ideal for dry shaving, though. To avoid cuts and razor burn, it's better to use an electric or foil shaver. Electric razors are designed to give you a close shave without any water, so you're less likely to nick your skin while shaving.

Things You'll Need

  • Electric razor
  • Pre-shave lotion
  • Towel
  • Aftershave

Charge the electric razor fully before beginning. Depending on your razor model, charging may take up to eight hours or more.

Apply a small amount of alcohol-based pre-shave lotion to your face. Rub the lotion over your cheeks, chin, upper lip and anywhere else you want to shave. The alcohol stiffens your facial hair, so it's easier to remove with dry shaving. Do not wash your face off or wet it with water.

Use one hand to stretch the skin you want to shave. Stretching the skin allows the razor to glide over it more easily, so you'll get a closer shave.

Turn on the electric razor. Carefully press the razor down on your skin. You don't need to press down hard; light contact with your skin is enough.

Pull the razor up or down against your face to remove hair. With an electric shaver, you can shave either with or against the grain of your hair's growth. If you have a rotary razor, press the blades very gently against your face and move the razor using small circular motions. Continue this until you've removed all desired facial hair.

Rinse your face with lukewarm water to wash away remaining lotion and loose hair.

Pat your face dry with a clean towel. Do not rub your face; this may cause irritation.

Apply an alcohol-free aftershave to your face to moisturize the skin.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you're not used to electric shaving or dry shaving, you may experience some irritation for two or three weeks at first. This goes away once your skin gets used to dry shaving.
  • If you don't get a close shave with your electric razor, the blades might be dull or dirty. Try washing the blade well with soapy water. If that doesn't work, consider installing a replacement blade.
  • An electric shaver needs lubrication to work well. Apply lubricant to the blade while the razor is running.

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