Choosing a razor might not seem like a big life decision that requires much painful deliberation. Although it certainly doesn’t have to be painful, selecting the right razor for you and your skin does require some thought.
Shaving is a daily activity that we often undertake without giving it a second thought. But, this often results in a number of problems. Getting little cuts and nicks during shaving is a very common complaint. As are ingrown hairs and the dreaded razor rash.
Believe it or not, this can all be avoided by using the right razor while you shave. By ditching your old razor and opting for a newer, higher quality model you can achieve the clean, close shave you want without any of the nasty results like cuts and ingrown hairs.
Trying to choose your newest razor can be more than a little confusing at the best of times. There are so many choices on the market these days, each claiming to be the best of the best. While one will boast about it’s flexible, pivoting head, others will claim to have the best grip there is.
But how do you know which is really the right razor for you? Here are 10 tips to help you make that choice.
Price – Contrary to popular opinion, the most expensive option is not always the best option. When shopping for a razor it’s easy to get dazzled by exciting packaging and sky high prices, but spending excessive amounts of money doesn’t ensure a better shaving experience.
Multiple blades – It’s a widely held belief that the more blades, the better the shave. However, there is also a belief that multiple blades are more likely to cause ingrown hairs. There is some debate about this issue, with no clear answer. It is something to consider though.
Electric razors – Electric razors are significantly more expensive than traditional razors, but offer much more durability. In the long run, electric razors provide more value for money.
Shaving with an electric razor takes much less time, so is an ideal option for the man who needs to shave before setting off to work each morning. However, skin irritation is a very common complaint among those who use electric shavers, so this is a risk.
Pivoting head – A razor with a pivoting head has blades that will twist and turn in line with the curves and contours of the skin. This minimizes the chances of cuts and nicks on the skin, and provides the closest shave possible.
Cartridge razors – A cartridge razor is similar to a disposable razor, except that it is just the razors that are disposable. In this case the user keeps the handle and replaces the razors every few uses. These are growing in popularity and are an ideal option for somebody with a very tight budget.
Replacement blades – These are the blades that you use along with a cartridge razor. Depending on the make and model of the razor and its blades, they can vary in quality.
Safety razor blade, or double edge safety razors – Choosing a safety razor is a good idea if you want to protect your skin against cuts. In these models, a safety device is positioned between the edge of the blade and the skin.
While these razors won’t give you the closest shave, they are safer and shaving with a safety razor is a great idea for shaving novices on a learning curve.
Gel cushion – Some razors have built in gel cushions beside the blades. These gel cushions lubricate the skin and prevent razor rash. They are a great choice for anyone with sensitive skin who is prone to irritation.
Grip – This may seem an obvious one, but it’s vital to choose a razor with a good grip on the handle. Razors tend to get wet while being used, and a slip of the hand can result in painful cuts. Choosing a model with a good grip can be the difference between silky smooth skin and an unsightly gash.
Straight razors, also known as cut throat razors – These are razors that were used in traditional barber shops across the United States up until a few years ago. These razors are also considered to be the old school method of shaving, while also being cool. In these models, the blade folds into the razor handle.
Many people see these as exceptionally stylish and superior to modern razor models. However, they do require some skill and aren’t advisable for newbies.
CBD in-fused shaving creams have grown in popularity recently. This is because the side effects of shaving, especially regular shaving can have some nasty side effects. Due to shaving, your skin may come dry, reddened and cut. CBD (also known as Cannabidiol) may be able to help.
This is because CBD as shown time and time again that it contains medical values. Studies also show that it may be helpful in treating and keeping your skin healthy. This is because it contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, which can help repair. With its anti-inflammatory effects, CBD may be able to reduce redness. Although it may seem promising, CBD is still under clinical trial because there are still many unanswered questions.
In the past, shaving was a relatively straight forward part of every man’s morning routine. Today, however, things are very different. The emergence of beards and facial grooming as the biggest trend in men’s style has caused a boom in the shaving industry, resulting in more choice than ever for those who shave.
This can make the choice more than a little overwhelming, but with these 10 tips you should be able to figure out exactly what you want from your razor, and which model is best for you and your skin.