These days there are plenty of hair removal options available, from lasers to waxing to epilating to hair removal creams but, despite that, most people still use the humble razor to get rid of stray hairs and keep various parts of our bodies feeling silky smooth. They are handy, easy to use and budget-friendly, which is no doubt why they are so popular, and why would you get your bush lasered off when you may want to return to having a full lady garden like Amber Rose’s recent IG posts?
I’m sure I’m not the only one who can admit that, especially in winter, shaving becomes less frequent and our razors can lie around for ages, gathering soap scum and even becoming rusty. According to studies done by the popular brand Gillette, most women use a disposable razor or blade an average of 10 times before they toss it, but they recommend that people chuck them after three uses. Why?
While cleaning and drying a blade and storing it in a dry place can extend its life quite a bit, the longer you’re using a razor for, the more bacteria gets in it, and this can lead to small red bumps developing on the skin. Also, since nicking ourselves when shaving is pretty much par for the course, bacteria can then get into those wounds and cause infections. Gross! This is particularly prevalent in areas where the skin in thinner and more sensitive, such as the underarm and pubic areas. Basically, our razors are a bacteria breeding ground and this could be the reason behind the rashes and inflammation we sometimes experience after a shave.
So how do you keep your razor clean? We’re glad you asked:
- Always rinse it before and after use, and do so under steaming hot water.
- Use a brush to remove any hair or soap that may be clogging the blades.
- To make sure it’s extra sterile, soak it in rubbing alcohol before use.
- Dry it with a paper towel rather than your bath towel to avoid fibres getting stuck between the blades.
- Store it in a cool, dry place in a different room rather than a hot, steamy bathroom
To make sure that you have smooth, soft, post-shave skin, make sure to keep your skin hydrated by applying moisturiser as shaving removes not just the hairs but also necessary oils from the skin, use a sharp blade and, most importantly, a clean one. Because smooth, healthy skin starts with good, clean tools.