There are plenty of ways to get rid of body hair, but shaving is by far the cheapest and quickest. It's not as painful as waxing for sure, but you definitely have to be more careful when using a razor to avoid nicks and cuts. Also for the sake of hygiene, one must change their razors often. It's unfortunate that we take this lightly and have to learn the hard way. Truth is, some of us are guilty of not changing our razors for days and even months! The poor little thing sits on your bathroom shelf looking haggard, rusty and clogged with tiny hair, and yet, no one bats an eye. But, you should and we'll tell you why...
Shaving your hair with a dull razor is not a good idea. A dull blade makes shaving harder and causing tugging of the hair shaft. Expect to spot razor bumps after a while. Using a razor with a dull blade also puts you at the risk of experiencing "folliculitis" which means in simple words, infection of the hair follicle.
Also, using a dull blade to shave forces you apply more pressure. To get a clean shave with a dull blade, you'll have to press the blade harder into the skin and if you aren't careful enough, you could accidentally cut yourself.
First two obvious signs are - a dull blade and a faded moisture bar. Plus, you'll able to spot rust on an old blade. The second sign is based more on experience and less on appearance. Notice how the razor blade feels against your skin. If it feels rough and makes you feel uncomfortable, chuck it into the bin. Also, pay close attention to the gel bar above the blade. Has the texture faded? Has the bar come off? Is there an evident change in colour? These are some questions to ask yourself when deciding to part away with your razor. A razor blade without a moisture bar at the top will definitely cause friction against your skin and that is something you don't want to experience.
The shelf life of a razor depends on how well you store it after every use. Do a mental count on how many times you used the razor. If it exceeds 6-7 times, you should do away with it and replace it with a new one.
Pro Tip: If you don't have shaving cream at home, you can apply shampoo to the area you wish to shave. We guarantee you that it will make shaving a smooth experience!
So ladies, what are you waiting for? Make your way to your bathroom and check if your razors are good condition or not. If they aren't then into the bin they go!
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