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Borrowing someone else’s razor might sound convenient, but there are design and hygienic reasons for why sharing razors isn’t a good idea.

Is it OK for women to use men’s razors?

You shouldn’t share a razor with anyone, female or male. Men’s razors are usually designed with facial hair in mind; but women may shave up to 10 times more surface area then men — for instance, legs, underarms and the bikini area — so women’s razors are designed shave these large areas in a single session.

Many women’s razor heads are more oval shaped vs. square to easily shave tighter areas like underarms. While they come with the same sharp blades as male razors, they may have additional lubrication to better protect the skin when shaving larger areas like legs. And, since body-shaving often requires gripping the handle in multiple positions, razor handles made for women are typically easier to grip in a variety of positions.

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Why shouldn’t I share my razor or borrow someone else’s?

You shouldn’t share a razor with someone else due to hygiene concerns. You can get nicked or cut while shaving, and if you use someone else’s razor you are putting yourself at risk for infection — and vice versa. What’s more, you may not know how long someone else’s razor has been used. His or her razor could be older than you think, and shaving with a dull blade increases chances of scratches, skin irritation, razor burn and bumps.

Using Someone Else’s Razor Can Put Yourself at Risk for Infection

What are ways to prevent sharing someone else’s razor?

If you use a refillable razor, consider stocking up on blade cartridges so you don’t reach for someone else’s razor if your blade is too dull. Having extra blades readily available will also come in handy if someone else accidently uses your razor, so you can simply swap the used blade with a new one to avoid cross contamination. If you use disposable razors, keep a few extras nearby. And, consider placing an extra razor in your travel toiletry bag as well, so you don’t forget one when traveling.

Make sure your razor is also easily recognizable, especially if you live with someone else who uses a woman’s razor. Having a distinct razor can help prevent sharing with someone else on accident.

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To help ensure you always know which razor is yours, consider building your own. That way, you can choose the features you want for your unique shaving needs. And, take a moment to look through all the Venus shaving products available, including razors, refills, trimmers, shave gels and more.

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Here is Why You Should Never Share Your Razor | Venus UK
Discover why you shouldn’t share a razor for design and hygiene reasons. Plus, learn a few tips for how to avoid the need to share razors in the first place.