Top Reasons to Switch to a Safety Razor

top reasons to switch to a safety razor

Why you should switch to a safety razor?

If you are still using a cartridge razor or even disposable razors now is the time to make the switch to a double edge razor and here’s why.

While they may seem a bit scary, or even downright terrifying at first, safety razors offer a smooth, precise and inexpensive shaving experience that is a lot more eco-friendly than the alternatives.

Benefits of a safety razor

Does your current razor do all this?

1. A better, closer, more comfortable shave

A double-edged razor with a single blade really does offer a better shave than a cartridge razor only beaten by a straight/cut-throat razor which requires a lot more practise and skill to use.

  • A standard safety razor gives a high quality, close shave with very little irritation.
  • You are less likely to get ingrown hairs as you use a brush to lift the hairs and exfoliate the skin rather than additional blades pulling at the hairs and causing them to be cut below the skin.
  • The weight of the razor and a good pre-shave oil mean less pressure and less scraping.
  • The blades are easier to clean meaning less chance of infection.

2. A cheaper more cost-effective shave.

Once you have bought the razor initially the ongoing costs are much lower than a cartridge razor. You can buy a pack of 100 blades that will potentially last years depending on how often you shave.

3. A more eco-friendly, sustainable, planet positive shave.

When you are buying a safety razor choose wisely as this should be the last razor you buy for a very long time. In fact, if you look after your razor well you may never have to buy one again. This means a lot less waste.

As well as being built to last double edge razors use a single blade that isn’t encased in plastic and therefore can be recycled much more easily. Just be aware that you need to keep your used blades somewhere they can’t cause any harm, a metal tin is a good option.

Downsides to a double edge razor

  1. They can be intimidating at first. The blades are sharp, at least they should be, and that can be scary when you don’t have a big plastic surround in place. However, the sharper the blade the less likely you are to cut yourself. Be brave but not overconfident and let the weight of the handle do the work.
  2. You can’t take them on a plane in your hand luggage. If you are a frequent flyer and don’t tend to check in any luggage this could be an issue. Although of course you can always take the razor without the blade and buy new a new blade when you get to where you are going.
  3. Safety (Double Edged) Razors generally have a higher start-up cost. They might save you money in the long run but that’s no good if you are on a tight weekly budget. Unfortunately, this is often the way with sustainable options but if you have the option to save a little and make the switch you’ll quickly see the return on your investment.

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