Dec 27

A Closer And More Interesting Shave

by in Shaving

Perhaps your tired of the advertising gimmicks behind multi-blade cartridges. Maybe electric razors don’t get you a close enough shave. If so, consider going old school and switching to a safety razor.

There are several benefits to using a safety razor instead over a disposable shaver.

1. Cost. The initial buy in costs of a safety razor shaving kit can seem a little steep, but compare the cost of a six month supply of cartridges and you’ll see it’s much cheaper in the long run. A safety razor, soap, lather, and blades will run you approximately $70. A six month supply of shaving cartridges will cost approximately $75 – assuming one cartridge a week. And a safety razor will last much longer than a disposable cartridge, and replacement blades are $10 for a pack of ten (all prices are estimates pulled from listings on amazon.com). A safety razor will begin saving you money after just six months.

2. You get a better, closer shave. The reasons here are two fold: First, due to the high price of disposable cartridges, people tend to use their blades longer than they should. This leads to a poor shave. When using a safety razor, people are less tempted to skimp and use new blades more regularly, thereby getting a better quality shave. Second, using a proper shaving lather and shaving soap better prepares the skin for shaving.

3. Shaving with a safety razor requires much less pressure on the skin. Less pressure on the skin means less irritation and fewer ingrown hairs as well as less frequent breakouts. Your skin will thank you for switching to a safety razor.

Once you decide to make the switch, you have to find the right razor and right shaving technique.

When choosing a safety razor shaving kit, take these two items into consideration. First, a safety razor should be well balanced, neither too heavy nor too light. If it is too heavy / light, you may be tempted to apply too much pressure while shaving, causing a irritation and cuts. Second, the head of the razor should be equally spaced on both sides. Be sure the space between the blade and the safety bar is consistent on both sides. Inexpensive razors may have uneven gaps, which will increase the chances of cutting your skin while shaving.

Using a safety razor will really change how you feel about yourself. You’ll have a new morning ritual, one that will save money, make you look sharper, and, quite frankly, will make you feel just a little more manly.

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