Shaving is a ritual of life that must be performed often, if not on a daily basis, and you probably already have a preferred tool for the job. But no matter what razor you've chosen as your favorite member of your shaving arsenal, one thing remains certain—the blade cartridges will always need replacing. And therein lies the problem; even the highest quality blades will at some point become dull and unable to serve you as well as they once did. They'll be casually tossed into the trash and replaced with a new cartridge, eager to do the job as well as its predecessor.
However, you don't necessarily have to say goodbye to your razors (and goodbye to your money spent on new ones) so quickly. There are several ways to make your razors last longer, preserving their sharpness and their shaving power, so that you can continue to receive a smooth shave for much longer than you would have thought possible.
The following five ways to make your razors last longer will of course be more effective with higher quality blades. Try these methods using Dorco Razors for smarter, innovative shaving.
1. Prep Your Face First
Getting your face ready before applying the razor can make a big difference in the life of your blades. Using warm water, shaving cream and shaving oils in order to exfoliate your skin and open up pores helps to get rid of dead skin cells, which can clog razors.
Additionally, if you are going to be shaving hair that has grown a bit longer over the course of a few days, it would be beneficial to trim it first. Longer hair can also clog the blades and cause them to dull quicker.
2. Clean the Blades Properly
As well made as some razor blades may be, they can't take care of themselves. It's up to you to care for them as well as you do your own face. Be sure to rinse them thoroughly after each use to get rid of all traces of hair and residue from soaps, creams and oils. The residue can break down the blade coating and cause the blades to rust.
3. Store Your Razors Properly
Where you keep your razors when they aren't in use is also important. You most likely shave after a shower. The steam from a hot shower can be great for your face before a shave, but it isn't so great for your razor blades afterwards.
The steam can remain in a bathroom for some time, leaving the small room feeling damp and humid. That makes it the worst place for a razor to rest, especially if you leave it face down in water on the sink or in a soap dish. It is, however, a great recipe for bacterial infection!
After rinsing razors clean, dry it with a cloth, then leave it hanging upright or in a stand, preferably in an area not too close to the shower.
4. If You Don't Need to Shave Every Day, Skip It!
As much as you might love the feel of clean, close shave, if you don't have to shave every day, then skip it. Every day you don't shave is a day you've extended the life of your razor blades.
Use One of Many Razor Sharpening Blades or Tools
There are many tips and tricks to sharpening your razor blades, from using a strop or sharpening tool, to running the blades across your blue jeans. You wouldn't normally think of blue jeans as a worthy tool for keeping your razor blades sharp, but those who have tried this trick swear by it. Simply take a pair of blue jeans and lay them on a flat surface. Then simply rub the razor blades across the leg about 20 times, in the opposite direction of the cutting edge of the blades. Viola! Sharpened blades!