From leg hair removal to bikini hair removal, a clean razor is key to a close shave. When your razor gets dirty, it can cause skin irritation, razor burn and bumps, as well as an ineffective shave. However, few women know how to clean a razor properly. Thankfully, it’s easier than you think! First things first: you should start with a good razor. At Venus®, we believe the best razor for women is one made for women. We recommended using a razor like the Venus & Olay. It’s made to fit in your hand and easily provides a smooth, close shave that helps you reveal your touchably smooth skin. Once you’ve chosen your razor, simply follow these shaving tips to keep it clean and ensure it works its best for you.
Rinse before use.
Many women will run their razor under hot water before beginning to shave their legs or underarms, but do you know why they’re doing it? While water is vital for lubrication, it is also an important part of keeping your razor clean. When you rinse your razor, make sure to do it with purpose; look out for any cut hairs that might have got stuck between blades or behind the blade cartridge.
Rinse after use.
While you’re shaving, it’s important to rinse your razor with hot water in between strokes to help rid the blades of shaving gel and cut hairs. It’s also important to rinse the razor when you’ve finished using it. Like rinsing before you begin shaving, rinsing after a shave is critical to prolonging the life of the blades and keeping it working its best for you.
Store your razor properly.
After you’ve finished shaving, make sure to store your razor properly. Many people assume that you can simply put it down and continue with your routine, but that’s not the case. Exposure to moisture can damage the blades and pivot technology over time. Pat your razor dry with a towel and use the plastic guard that comes with your razor to help protect it from the elements and ensure you will keep getting a great shave.
Don’t share it.
While it can be tempting to grab your friend’s or significant other’s razor, try to resist. Sharing a razor can affect your ability to keep it clean, especially when you don’t know how it has been used or where it has been. Remember to keep your razor to yourself, too. It’s not selfish; it’s good for you and your razor!
Replace your razor often.
How often should you replace your razor? While there is no set rule, you should replace your razor blades at the first sign of dullness or discomfort. For most women, this is after about five to 10 shaves. If using a refillable razor, like the Venus Embrace Sensitive (our best razor for sensitive skin), it’s a good idea to keep a few extra refills on hand in case you need it.
Now that you know how to clean your razor and keep it clean, you can set yourself up for shaving success. The more you take care of your razor, the more it will take care of you!