Men's Life Today
Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Razor Blade
By Dr. Josh Zeichner
I always try to make my razor blades last as long as humanly possible. They’re expensive, so I want to get all the shaves I can out of each. To complicate things, razors don't come with instructions, so it’s hard to tell when it's really time to replace an old blade. Well, here’s what you need to know:
Blade Lifespan Factors
On average, razor blades are used for five to 10 shaves. There are several factors that influence your razor’s lifespan: shaving frequency, size of shaving area, coarseness of hair and maintenance of the blade. If you don't clean your blades properly, they won't last as long as they could.
Danger of Dull Blades
Blades are designed to glide smoothly across the skin and to easily cut hair. When blades become dull, however, they don't cut hair as effectively -- causing you to use more pressure, which leads to cuts, irritation or razor burn. Moreover, dull blades won’t slide over hair smoothly, which could lead to ingrown hairs and razor bumps. Thinking about changing your blade yet?
These signs will tell you when it’s time to change your razor blade:
1) You feel a pulling sensation while shaving. This means the blade is dragging against, rather than cutting through, the hair.
2) The lubricating strip on the blades is wearing away.
3) You find that your skin is more irritated than usual after shaving, even though you haven’t changed your technique.
4) Dirt or rust has built up between the blades and won’t come off with rinsing. (If you see rust, do NOT shave with that blade!)