Our Top Tips For Using a Safety Razor Successfully
Roughly 2 billion disposable plastic razors are thrown away every year and are rarely ever correctly recycled. Although safety razors were invented in 1904, plastic has become so cheap and convenient since then that disposable, single-use plastic razors have unfortunately become much more popular.
So, why use a double-edge safety razor? Let's take a look at all of the benefits:
- It's 100% plastic-free and is for life! After the initial purchase, blades need to be replaced somewhere between 3-12 uses depending on the brand and frequency of use, but purchasing the razor itself is a one-time purchase.
- Safety razors are great for both genders, any and all parts of the body, and they are a similar style to the disposable razor that we are all so used to.
- Besides being more environmentally-friendly, they also offer smoother, and less irritable shaves.
- They are definitely way more affordable in the long run!
I would say the only thing that is difficult is learning how to use it. Let's look at the best tips for the best shave:
- Hold the razor loosely and don't apply too much pressure. The single biggest mistake made by newbies is applying too much pressure! This may hurt or irritate the skin, potentially causing ingrown hairs or nics/bleeding.
- Prepare yourself. Use a pre-shave cleanser or exfoliant to clear away any grit, excess dead skin, and bacteria.
- Hold the blade at a 30-degree angle to your skin.
- Shave with lubrication on the skin. Either shave in the shower (hot steam = comfortable shave), briefly hold the razor under hot water, or wipe your body with a hot towel prior to shaving.
- Use a shaving brush to create a thick, cushioning lather in your shaving soap. The denser the lather of your soap, the more effective it will be at lubricating and cushioning the razor against the skin. A shaving brush will also gently exfoliate the skin, removing dry cells which will make your skin softer and healthier.
- Be careful not to repeat the same strokes over an area as this may cause razor burn and skin irritation.
Here is a very short (30 second) video guide of how to construct the safety razor, as well as how to use it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtRtzaPTK28
If you’re still not convinced or want a second opinion, read this woman’s account of how she transferred to using safety razors over disposable ones, HERE.