Of course, shaving wet gives you a closer shave, and a smoother skin.
On the other hand, shaving dry is much quicker, and you can do it while driving your car.
In the long run, shaving dry is also cheaper.
All these aspects are covered on many sites and blogs on the web.
But here, I deal with a different concern: the long-term effects of shaving wet.
When shaving wet, the long-term effect is a regular abrasion of the top layer of the epidermis.
Good or bad?
Surprisingly, I would say: good
Because removing the outermost cells a bit faster than would happen naturally (sooner or later they would anyway fall off) will give a male face a more youthful appearance.
After all, many women, and some men, do dermabrasions and chemical peels.
These procedures are more invasive, and put a patient out of the public for a few days.
Shaving wet is a man’s little every-day dermabrasion… the same effect, but more gentle.
And you can save on the Nivea facial scrub.
K. Cowley and K. Vanoosthuyze, Insights into shaving and its impact on skin, British Journal of Dermatology Volume 166, Issue Supplement s1, pages 6-12, March 2012
D. J. Durian, D. A. Weitz, and D. J. Pine, Scaling behavior in shaving cream, Phys. Rev. A 44, R7902(R) – Published 1 December 1991