You may have perfected a shaving technique over the years, but without the right tools your skin can still end up irritated and sore. Razor blades are the key component to every shave, making it essential that you know they are up to the job before you go in and start using them on your skin.
Knowing when and how often to change safety razor blades can be tricky, with the lifespan of your blade being heavily affected by multiple factors. It’s essential to consider the thickness of your hair, how often you shave and your shaving technique when deciding how frequently to replace your blades.
To help you make sure you are always using sharp and quality blades when shaving, The English Shaving Company has put together a simple guide to changing razor blades and how often it needs adding to your to-do list.
How long do razor blades last?
A modern razor blade should last from five to ten shaves, though this is entirely dependent on each person’s individual routine. Each time you use a blade to shave your body or face it will naturally become more blunt over time. The duller your blade becomes, the more it will need to pull on your skin to cut through your hair and the less close your shave will end up overall.
Your blade tugging on your skin as it glides over the surface means a much higher likelihood of irritation and rashes, making it incredibly important to replace your razor blades at the right time.
How often should you change your razor blades?
A rough guide to replacing your blades is:
- If you shave every day, replace your blade every 1 to 2 weeks.
- If you shave every other day, replace your blade every 2 to 3 weeks.
- If you shave twice a week, replace your blade every 4 to 6 weeks.
Essentially though, knowing how often to replace your razor blades is about using your common sense to identify when your razor feels dull or pulls more than usual on your skin’s surface. Another way to quickly pinpoint when you need a new razor blade is if your skin feels sore or appears irritated post-shave. If you can replace your blade before irritation occurs, you can avoid this inconvenience altogether.
How to make your razor blade last longer:
A range of factors will heavily determine the lifespan of your razor blade.
Hair and skin
Firstly, keep in mind that your individual hair and skin will affect how long your blade stays sharp. If you have thick or highly textured facial and body hair, for example, there will be more pressure on your razor and your blade will have to work harder to cut through the hair.
Your skin type also plays a role. If your skin is dry or textured due to acne or irritation, there will be a higher level of debris building up on your razor throughout your shave. Over time, the increased friction and dead skin cells can have a significant impact on how quickly your blade becomes too blunt to use.
Your shaving routine is another influencer on the sharpness of your razor blades over time. The key thing to remember is never to dry shave. The more hydrated your skin is before and during your shave, the easier the blade can cut through your hair and the less blunt it will become.
To try and keep your blade sharp for longer, use plenty of shaving soap or cream to create a rich lather on the skin and prevent friction occurring as much as possible.
Another way to lengthen the lifespan of your blades is to keep your face and body razor separate. Not only will this prevent bacteria from spreading between different body areas, but it will mean you don’t need to replace either razor as often.
How well you care for your razor blades will also influence how long they last. If you leave debris such as hair, soap or dead skin to build-up during and between uses, your blade is sure to become blunt far more quickly.
Rinse your blade during your shave to get rid of any debris between strokes. Aside from allowing yourself to achieve a much closer shave, your blade won’t have to work as hard to slice your hair through a layer of unnecessary debris.
On top of rinsing your blade regularly, always make sure to dry your razor and blades after use to prevent rust forming. Storing them in a dry cupboard away from any potential condensation will allow them to stay sharp and high-quality for as long as possible, and this way you will save money long term.
Last but not least, don’t buy cheap razors. It may seem like you are saving in the short term, but low-quality blades will only irritate the skin and become blunt far more quickly.
Stock up on high-quality razor blades from The English Shaving Company
The English Shaving Company stocks only luxury and high-end razors and razor blades so you can be confident in the precision and longevity of all our blades. By spending slightly more on a pack of replacement blades, you will thank yourself in the long run for the benefits to your skin.