How to shave wet

Nothing beats a proper wet shave to make you feel fresh and ready for the day ahead. Here is how the experts recommend getting a smooth wet shave every morning.

1) Pre-trim

If you didn't shave for a few days and have more than short stubble, then it’s best to pre-trim before shaving with your trimmer or styler attachment.


2) Cleanse

Wash your face with lukewarm water and a face wash that suits your skin.


3) Foam

Put a small amount of shaving gel in wet hands, or about a walnut-sized ball of foam, and apply it to your wet face.


4) Choose a comfort setting

If you have a shaver like the Philips Shaver series 9000 with different comfort settings, then use the setting that you feel most comfortable with.


5) Shave gently in circular motions

Shave with small, circular motions. Always start shaving with gentle pressure, especially in sensitive areas where it’s important to be gentle.


6) Rinse regularly

Rinse the shaver under the tap to remove excess gel and hair as you’re shaving to improve performance.


7) Final pass

For an even closer shave, gently increase the pressure at the end, while stretching the skin and moving against the grain. Again, be careful in sensitive areas.


8) Shaving difficult hairs

In case you have trouble catching those last hairs, stretch your skin a little using your hand, to raise those hairs and shave the spots that are difficult to reach.


9) Balm or aftershave

Apply an aftershave or balm for that extra fresh sensation and you're ready to go.


10) Clean the shaver

Do not forget to clean your shaver well to ensure optimal shaving performance and hygiene. Clean it with lots of lukewarm water, shake off excess water and lay it down open to dry. Or, if you have the Philips SmartClean system, simply place it inside and your shaver will be ready for your next shave.


How regularly should you shave?

For the best results and to keep your skin used to the electric shaver, it's best to shave at least three times a week.