Shaving as you age

As one ages, even simple routine activities such as shaving and grooming can become difficult. Things become further complicated if you suffer from tremors of the hand.

Essential tremor is the most common tremor. It is rarely seen when the hands are not being used. It becomes most apparent when you are trying to do something, such as reaching for an object or writing. It is not caused by an underlying disease. This type of tremor may also run in families.

Other causes of tremors can be

  • Tumours
  • Alcoholism / Withdrawal
  • Smoking/Withdrawal
  • Parkinsons syndrome
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Fatigue/Tiredness/Excess Caffeine/Stress
  • Stroke
  • Overactive thyroid

Tremors lead to shaky hands which can make wet shaving with razor difficult and dangerous.    But there are simple ways to work around these issues and remain well-groomed.  Obviously, one way is to keep your beard.  The barber can trim the beard when you go for your haircut.  Of course, if you are not used to having a beard, it can be quite uncomfortable.

The other option is to get an electric razor, a foil type or a rotary type.  These do not have exposed blades and are absolutely safe to use.  The foil type provides close shaves but may not be able to handle longer hair (if you shave regularly, this should not be a problem).  The rotary types usually do not give the kind of close shave that we need, but can handle longer hair easily.

Safe ShaverShown here is a foil type, entry level razor that could be a good place to start if you have not used an electric shaver before.  It is easy to use, can be charged and used CORDLESS, even in the shower.  It is from BraUn, a company that has been manufacturing shavers for many years now and are a market leader.  You can buy it here.

The free float system of this men’s shaver adjusts to all the contours of your body and gives you a safe shave without any rashes or injuries. The body of the shaver is slim and fits comfortably in your hand. The hand grip of this men’s shaver gives you an uncomplicated shaving experience. The cleaning brush that comes with this Braun shaver allows you to easily dust the hair off the shaving head in dry conditions.  This Braun men’s shaver runs on a rechargeable NiMH battery that gives a powerful cordless shave of 30 minutes after a quick charge of 60 minutes. The LED charging indication on the 190 shaver gives you the battery memory status.


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