Your electric razor is designed to cut your whiskers with a thin layer of air between the foil and your face. The lubricant helps this process further by allowing for even less contact between the foils and your skin.
The right amount of oil will not leave any residue on your face, but too much can cause both malfunctions in your razor and cause uncomfortable drag.
In general, you want to leave the razor on your face for a few seconds before shaving to allow the lubricant to work its way under the foils and blades. However, this may not always be possible, and some electric shavers do not have an option to let the razor sit on your skin without making contact.
Like with any piece of shaving equipment, the oil you use is important. We recommend using mineral oil because it does not break down as easily as other oils, but you should only use a few drops at a time. The shaving head has small parts that can become loose if too much lubricant is used, and this may damage your razor.
If you often clean your electric shaver with water, you should definitely use oil. The high speed of the blade will cause the mineral oil to evaporate quickly but it is still recommended that you use some after each shave.
Using too much oil may be wasteful and clog your motor, so excessive amounts should be used. Electric shavers operate on a small scale that more oil is not necessarily better.
What can I use to lubricate my electric shaver with?
Most men can use mineral oil. Petroleum-based oils are also an acceptable option, although the lubricant may become more difficult to clean from your razor's blades. You should avoid using vegetable or baby oil because these products tend to clog up the motor once they drip into it. Some shavers can also be lubricated with several household items such as baby oil, cooking, or mineral oil if you are looking for something similar to mineral oil.
Your razor should come with instructions on how to clean and lubricate it. These manuals usually include the type of oil you need to use for your specific product. If you have ever cleaned one of these razors with water before, you should never use mineral oil as a lubricant.
What's the difference between shaving cream and lubricating oil?
Some men want to shave their facial hair as quickly as possible without using any cream or gel. Although shaving oils are used for similar purposes as traditional creams and foams, they do not come in a can. Oils are often more difficult to dispense from their containers compared to shaving cream, but they might be helpful if you do not have access to a towel or water after your shave.
Different lubricating oils may come in different forms, from liquids to creams that help prevent irritation and redness on sensitive skin after a shave.
Some electric shavers are designed to work with shaving cream or gel to achieve the best results when cutting your hair. Some models also have an option where you can dispense some cream directly on top of your razor's blades before starting a shave. Using lubricating oil is unnecessary for this type of unit, but it may be a good choice if you have sensitive skin or do not have shaving cream available.
How often should I lubricate my electric shaver with oil?
The right amount of oil on your face is enough to achieve maximum contact between your blades and hair without wasting the product after every shave. Generally, most electric razors should be oiled after every use.
If you clean your machine with water, it is recommended that you apply some lubricant to the blades before running it again. This will prevent mineral or petroleum-based oils from evaporating and accumulating on the metal parts of your electric razor for a more comfortable shave next time around.
You should also consider lubricating your shaver if you notice that it is pulling or tugging during a shave. Droplets of lubricant will provide additional protection and moisture, which allows for better contact between the blades and hair. If you're experiencing this problem with your device more than once every couple of months, we recommend having it serviced or replaced by an authorized dealer.
What about if I don't use oil?
Your electric razor will become less efficient with time, but it may still work for a few more months without any lubrication on your blades or motor. In some cases, depending on the amount of mineral and petroleum oils that accumulate on your blades and insides of the machine, they may even stop working. If you use your shaver every day and do not feel any extra resistance when shaving, you should not need to add oil after every use.
However, with time, most men will notice that their electric razor is no longer very efficient in cutting hair. This does not mean that your blades are worn out or damaged; The metal parts inside your electric shaver will eventually become covered with mineral oils, which may make it difficult to shave your hair when they are not lubricated.
Some men also develop skin irritation after using their shavers for an extended period without oil. If you have sensitive skin, we recommend that you try lubricating your unit at least once per month to avoid experiencing this problem.
What is the best time of day to lubricate your electric shaver?
It is usually best to apply shaving oil at the end of every shave, but you might also want to consider doing it in the morning if you do not have enough time to complete cleaning and maintenance. If you plan on traveling after lubricating your shaver, you may also want to add a few drops of lubricant before packing it in your suitcase.
The best time for this is usually at the end of every shave because most men will not notice that their blades are no longer cutting hair. You may not need to lubricate your shaver if you shave every day and do not experience extra resistance when cutting your hair.
If you are looking for the best results, it is recommended that you oil your razor after every use. This will ensure no additional deposits on the blades or inside the machine that could reduce its efficiency over time.
You can also apply oil before traveling, especially if you are concerned that the lubricant will be evaporated over time. Some men also prefer to oil their shavers first thing in the morning to improve their performance throughout the day.
Is shaving oil suitable for all types of electric razors?
Electric shaving oil is not recommended for dry shaving or beard trimmers. This type of oil is designed to provide additional lubrication for rotary and foil shavers only (early models of electric razors such as the Braun, Norelco or Remington did not use oil).
If you are using a dry shaving machine, we recommend using baby oil instead. It provides similar moisturizing properties but is not designed for wet shaving.
It is best to use a lubricating oil specifically designed for electric shavers. These products are usually thinner than baby oils or mineral oil and will not residue your blades. In addition, they have been specially engineered to perfectly fit the needs of most modern foil and rotary razors.
While baby oil is good for dry shaving, it contains mineral oils that can clog the blades of rotary and foil shavers. It is ideal if you use early models of electric razors (such as the Braun or Remington) but not if you plan to use a more efficient modern device. Some men also experience skin irritation after using baby oil because it can dry out the skin and leave a greasy film on your face.
We recommend using lubricating shaving oils, such as Nivea for Men Sensitive Shaving Oil or Braun Series Shaving Oil. These products are designed specifically for electric shavers and will not clog the blades or leave residue on your unit. They will moisturize and protect your skin while providing the perfect amount of lubrication for a close and comfortable shave.
Do I need to use shaving oil before or after applying shaving cream?
If you are looking for the best results, we recommend applying shaving oil before lathering up with foam or cream. This will add extra lubrication to your face and ensure that the blades glide smoothly over your skin.
You can also use oil after applying shaving cream if you want to enjoy a more comfortable wet shave. Some men prefer adding a few drops of oil on top of their shaving cream because it can provide additional moisture and leave their skin feeling refreshed and smooth.
If you are using an electric shave with dry shaving, we recommend applying baby oil before or after applying foam or cream. This will allow the blades to glide easily across your face and reduce skin irritation.
However, make sure NOT to use baby oil if you plan to use a modern rotary shaver (such as the Series 3 or Series 5 from Braun). These devices are designed with a lubrication strip containing mineral oil, so adding additional oil on top can clog the blades.
How can I make my electric razor quieter?
Some men experience a rattling sound from their shaver after applying shaving oil. This is perfectly normal and mainly occurs with older models of electric razors, such as the Braun 500 series or Remington XR-1350. These machines use blades that are not permanently attached to the unit and work similarly to a manual safety razor. If you press down too hard on the blades while shaving, the machine may start rattling because the blades are not aligned correctly inside their casing. You can solve this problem by pressing more gently on your shaver or by cleaning it properly with an alcohol-dipped cotton pad after each use.
Over time, shaving oil can also clog the blades of your electric shaver or block the ventilation outlets on the bottom of your device. This can cause it to overheat and create a loud noise when operating. Be sure to regularly clean your unit after each use (you can also use an alcohol-dipped cotton pad) and make sure that the shaving oil leaves no residue behind.
Why are electric razors so loud?
Electric razors are usually loud because of two reasons:
- Shaving oil can block the ventilation outlets on your shaver over time. This will cause it to overheat, which creates a rattling noise when shaving. Be sure to thoroughly clean your unit after each use and try using lubricating oil instead of baby oil on models not designed for dry shaving.
- Old models of electric razors, such as the Remington XR-1350 or Braun 500 series, have blades that are not permanently attached to the unit's casing. This means that they will rattle if you apply too much pressure while shaving. You can also solve this problem by cleaning your shaver and not pressing it down too hard.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between shaving cream and shaving oil?
Shaving oils are designed to make your electric shave even smoother and more comfortable. They usually come in smaller bottles, making them travel-friendly and easier to carry around in a gym bag or a toiletry kit when traveling for business. On the other hand, shave creams are thicker and tend to have a richer texture. They usually come in larger tubs or cans and require more effort to clean afterward.
Can you use baby oil on a rotary electric razor?
It's not recommended that you use baby oil when shaving with a rotary shaver because it can clog the blades and block the ventilation outlets. You can use baby oil before or after applying shaving cream if you want to enjoy a more comfortable wet shave, but make sure NOT to apply it on top of your shaving cream (especially with modern rotary shavers such as the Series 3 or Series 5 from Braun). These devices are designed with a lubrication strip containing mineral oil, so adding additional oil on top can clog the blades.