Safety razors have been around for centuries and many people are of the opinion that they should stay in the past. Though they are definitely a more traditional way of shaving, this doesn’t mean that the modern options like the disposable and electric razor are any better at doing the job.
We have long been told by the beauty industry that the more blades on a razor, the better the shave. This is simply not the case – the more blades, the more potential irritation and stress you’ll put your skin under. Safety razors have one double-edged sharp blade that allows you to manoeuvre over the skin in a controlled and balanced manner, avoiding irritation and achieving an incredibly close shave every time.
While it may take a bit of time to get used to the sharpness and weight of shaving with a safety razor, once you have the hang of it you will notice your skin thanking you for it with little irritation and your bank account, as safety razor blades are cheap to replace.
Here are five of the key benefits of shaving with a safety razor…
Once you’ve invested in a high-quality double-edge safety razor, you only have to replace the metal blades which cost close to nothing and can save you a huge amount of money on shaving long term. The English Shaving Company stock the highest quality brands of safety razors and razor blades, so you can upgrade your grooming routine and use traditional shaving methods that work and provide you with the closest shave possible.
Instead of having to dispose of your whole razor and fork out for a new one, you only have to pay a few pence for a new blade!
Eliminate razor burn
With the right shaving creams or soaps to lubricate your skin and keep it moisturised, shaving with a safety razor can allow you to completely avoid razor burn, post-shave rashes and ingrown hairs completely.
There are a few reasons why safety razors are better for your skin when it comes to irritation. Firstly, you don’t have to use as much pressure to achieve a close shave. Safety razor blades are sharp enough that you can simply glide them over your skin once or twice to slice through the hair close to the skin, meaning your skin is put under a lot less stress.
Have a more sustainable routine
Another benefit of safety razors is sustainability. They are simply far better for the environment than the single-use plastic alternatives that we see on the shelves. Rather than chucking away your razor once it’s gone blunt, you can simply switch out the metal blade.
On top of this, metal razor blades are made of stainless steel making them fully recyclable – simply collect your used blades safely in a metal tin and take the tin to a dedicated recycling centre once full for the metal to be reused. Shaving with a safety razor, therefore, means you can rest easy knowing you’re doing your bit for the environment with a sustainable shaving routine.
Next up, double-edge safety razors offer a super hygienic method of shaving. Due to the sharpness of the blade and these razors needing a sharp blade to do their job, it is advised that you swap your blades after every two to three shaves. By doing so, bacteria doesn’t have time to grow and build-up on your blade, making it an overall much more hygienic experience, something that’s especially important at times like these!
If you suffer from facial or body acne, safety razors can therefore allow you to eliminate the risk of your shaving routine irritating or causing any spots.
Unless you’re using a straight razor which can be highly intimidating to shave your legs, face or other areas of your body, a safety razor is the best option you’ve got to achieve a close shave. The weight of the razor means you are in more control of where you’re shaving and at what angle, allowing you to be precise with your shaving. If you’re looking to achieve a certain facial hair style, for example, a safety razor makes it a lot easier to cut your hair at straight and clean lines.