The Braun 5000 series shavers feature twin-foil flexible blades that glide smoothly and closely over your face. The Clean & Renew System automatically cleans, lubricates and charges the shaver, helping to keep it clean and new for longer. Unlike razors, the 5000 series is best used on dry skin and prior to showering. Lotions (pre-shave) are not recommended with the Braun 5000 series. As with all electric shavers, you will obtain best results within two to three weeks after you switch to this new mode of shaving as your face and beard need time to adjust.
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Fully charge the shaver. Series 5000 shavers feature blades that vibrate at very high frequencies. The shaver will perform better if it is fully charged. Before you begin to shave, ensure that the shaver is fully charged. This can be accomplished by leaving the shaver connected to the electrical power supply at all times when it is not in use.
Dry your face. Braun recommends that you use the shaver when your face is dry. The application of pre-shave lotions is counterproductive as Braun 5000 shavers have been designed to glide smoothly over the surface of dry skin. Just as importantly, Braun recommends shaving before you shower, since skin tends to be slightly swollen after washing.
Hold the shaver at a 90-degree angle to the skin and press lightly. Braun reminds you that you should let the shaver do the work by holding it lightly against the skin. Do not press the machine against your face, hoping that this will give you a closer shave; doing so will merely irritate your skin. Also, remember to stretch your skin with your free hand and shave against the direction of the beard.
Clean the shaver. More advanced products in the Braun 5000 series come with a Clean & Renew System dock, where you insert the shaver after each use and press a button to initiate a cleaning and lubrication cycle. If your 5000 series shaver did not come with such a dock or you do not have the dock with you (when travelling, for instance), remove the head of the shaver and remove the hair inside foils with the supplied brush.
Replace the foil and cutter. For optimum performance, you should replace the shaver foil and cutter every 18 months. These user-serviceable parts are easily removed and replacement parts can be purchased from Braun's website.
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