ELEC­TRIC SHAVER

GQ (Australia) - - GROOMING -

PREP IS VI­TAL

De­spite the growth of shower-friendly shavers, Basso’s adamant you’ll en­joy a bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence with an elec­tric model when the face is dry. “Wash­ing the face then dry­ing with a towel is ideal, as you’re re­mov­ing all the nat­u­ral oils.”

WHAT’S YOUR ANGLE?

Hold it 90 de­grees be­tween ra­zor and face. “With the free hand,” says Basso, “stretch the skin taut as you shave, mak­ing the hairs stand up­right.”

ELIM­I­NATE REDNESS

“Sen­si­tive skin can be an is­sue for some,” says Basso. “To avoid ir­ri­ta­tion, use the elec­tric shaver in ar­eas you know are sen­si­tive first, as this al­lows these zones ex­tra time to calm down.” Also, it’s worth ap­ply­ing a calm­ing moisturiser af­ter­wards.

LUBE IT UP

“Like many me­chan­i­cal ob­jects, elec­tric shavers work bet­ter when they’re reg­u­larly oiled, prefer­ably once be­fore use. Also be sure to use the clean­ing brush pro­vided to re­move any whisker dust. But be gen­tle be­cause it can be frag­ile. These steps will keep the blades sharper for that lit­tle bit longer.”

THE KIT

( 1) Rem­ing­ton ‘Smart Edge Ad­vanced Foil’ shaver, $99, har­vey nor­man.com.au; Clin­ique ‘Post Shave’ soother, $40 (75ml), clin­ique.com.au

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