Put down the cartridge razor: The benefits of shaving with a traditional double edge safety razor
The norm these days is to always look for the latest inventions when you want to purchase something. Not this time around though!
We’re going back in time, advising men to put away their fancy shaving tools and pick up a good old fashioned safety razor. Yes, you read this right! Your grandfather probably used this razor and it always did him a splendid job and guess what, you can also enjoy a close shave. Before getting into why you should ignore all others and stick to the one blade, here is an eye-opening guide to safety razor blades.
So lets look into the perks of using a safety razor for your morning shave.
Insanely close shave
Forget everything you have read previously, it’s true that shaving with a traditional safety razor will give you one of the closest shaves you will ever experience.
As soon as you know how to use the razor properly with either a shaving soap or cream, you can push ahead and forget those annoying shaving problems like razor burn, irritation and ingrown hairs for good.
One of the biggest advantages of using a safety razor is the fact you do not need to apply too much pressure on the skin. In fact, if your beard growth is fairly light, one or two passes should even be enough.
While using this type of razor, you will also enjoy much better control thanks to its superior balance and weight, helping to ensure that smooth almost effortless shave.
Safety razors are cleaner
It is advised to replace double edge safety razor blades quite frequently – experts suggest every three or four shaves. By doing this, you will get the chance to enjoy cleaner and much more hygienic tools for your daily shaving routine.
And because you will only be using a single blade to shave, you can be sure that there will be no accumulation of bacteria and germs, something that is common with closely-packed cartridge blades.
It makes shaving more fun
Many men around the world tend to avoid the daily shave because they find it rather tedious and boring. However, using an old-school double edge razor actually offers an enjoyable grooming experience and you might even start to look forward to your morning shave. It might even develop into something of a hobby as you research the best shaving brushes to buy and shaving creams and soaps to lather up.
It’s even more cost effective
Double edge safety razor blades are extremely cost effective when compared to their multi-bladed counterpart. Today, you can buy a quality DE razor blade like Feather or Asco for as little as 20p. Multi-bladed cartridges, on the other hand, cost around £3.50 each on average.
A top-quality shaving brush can also last years before you need to replace it. You can also purchase some amazing barbershop-quality shaving creams like The Bluebeards Revenge or Truefitt and Hill for less than £15 a tub and enjoy two to three months of quality shaving.
If you are someone who cares passionately about the environment, you will be pleased to know that you will be playing a small part in looking after the planet by using a safety razor. These are typically made from stainless steel and the blades are recyclable.
Believers of a zero wastage lifestyle can also collect all the blades they use in an old tin. Once this is full, tape the lid shut before taking it down to your local metal recycler.