When you’ve invested good money in a decent quality razor, the last thing you want to be doing is leaving it to rust in a puddle of murky water on your bathroom shelf.
The price of razor blades is ever on the increase, and keeping yourself stocked up is now eating further into your hard-earned cash than ever before.
Thankfully, there are some easy things you can do to increase the longevity of your blades, so there will never be any need to succumb to the facial forest for the sake of your wallet. Stick to them religiously, and you could even slash the number of blades you get through by a third – that’s a lot of extra Friday night pints.
These simple tips will help you to get the best out of your shaving instrument, with the perfect shave always remaining in comfortable reach.
1. Keep your razor as hair-free as possible during the shave itself. Clogging leads to repeated friction and pressure, inevitably dulling your blade and ruining the results, so turn it over and blast the back with high pressure, warm water for 5 -10 seconds every couple of strokes.
2. Always be sure to dry your razor after use, as rust can quickly set in and ruin a brand new blade in a matter of days – leaving you out of pocket as well as cartridges.
Use a towel or cloth, and go with the grain to avoid nasty nicks and cuts, or better still, reach for the hairdryer.
3. When you’ve finished, store your razor in a zip-up wash bag or plastic case. Bathrooms are notoriously humid, and protecting your equipment will prolong the life of your blade.
4. If you want to go the extra mile, then apply a performance-enhancing oil to the blade before storing. This will create a liquid barrier against corrosive oxidation – and as an added bonus, the essential oils they contain are great for your skin.
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