Wet shaving VS dry shaving: What’s the difference?
When it comes to hair removal, the fairer sex is spoiled for choice. Shaving, waxing, epilating, using hair removal creams and even getting laser treatments are all viable options. Men, however, usually end up choosing between two – a wet shave or a dry one. If you’ve been looking in the bathroom mirror while using one method and wondering if life might be nicer with the other, you’re in the right place because I’m about to break down the pros and cons of each.
Wet, wet, wet!
Let’s start with a wet shave, shall we? In this case, you’ll be using a razor. Most of those you’ll find on the shelf, like Gillette’s ProGlide Shield, will sport multiple blades designed to lift up your hair and cut it closer to the root. As a result, you can get a really close shave and won’t end up in stubbletown – do not pass go – any sooner than you have to. For many, this is a huge pro. The drawback, however, is that it’s not exactly easy on the pocket. The fancy folk from the blade-making companies will be quick to tell you to replace your blade after every three shaves. For those who’d prefer maximum shaving bang for their buck, they’ll be in for a shave that won’t involve a blade that’s at its best.
You’re also going to need accessories – like shaving foam or cream. After all, running a sharp blade across dry skin is basically begging for nicks, rashes and tiny red bumps.
Speaking of irritation, when choosing your blade buddy, look out for products that don’t contain a lot of alcohol as this can dry out your skin.
You’re also going to want to avoid menthol, especially if you’re the sensitive sort, as it’s a big irritant. Annoyingly, many male-focused skincare products tend to rely on it to create a cooling sensation. “Feel the tingle? That means it’s working!” Nope. That, my darling men-folk, is your skin reacting to irritation. It’s the last thing you want when you’re essentially sensitizing your skin by scraping away the uppermost layers with a blade. You’ll be much better off with something like Everyman Jack shave cream. Specially formulated for sensitive skin, it’s fragrance-free and contains hydrating olive oil and soothing chamomile and aloe.
Keen to try dry?
Right, that’s wet shaving covered. What about dry shaving? This involves using an electrical shaver like Philips’ bestselling Norelco to lift and cut your hairs. It’s not going to give you that super close shave you’ll get from a razor but there are lots of reasons to want one. The first is that they’re pretty idiot-proof. Switch it on and run it across your face. Done! You don’t have to worry about nicks and cuts.
In fact, if you’re prone to ingrown hairs or razor bumps, an electrical shaver is the way to go because it’ll definitely cause a lot less irritation.
The other big plus? You don’t have to use it with any specific toiletries or even worry about having access to water. There are those who say using an electrical shaver takes away the “experience” of shaving. It removes you from the centuries-old act of lathering up your skin and running a blade across it. Thing is, between you and me, I think these people are mostly those in the blade-selling business. I’ve never once found myself yearning for a moment when I can run a blade across my legs – it’s always going to be a chore and if I could click my fingers and get it done, I would. That’s the joy of an electric shaver. It’s fuss-free and fast!
The bottom line
So, you’ve got the facts. Ultimately, what you choose is really a matter of personal preference. My advice is to try both then run with what suits you best. Or be like me and have every hair removal product and device living their best life in your bathroom cabinet. After all, life is much nicer when you’re fuzz-free with lots of options.
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