Nothing in the world, not even a single malt, can replace the joy of buying a brand-new shaving razor. It's almost like losing your virginity, until you realize, even your razor managed to last longer than you (on your face, not in bed). Pardon our humour, but the truth remains: shaving razors can run a long, long mile. But only if they're cared for, handled with care and not subjected to selfish usage. Don't pick it when you want, shave when desired and then, let it lie in the corner with neglect.
These 7 razor-care habits below will ensure your shaving razor holds your hand longer than usual:
© Gillette India1. For #1, always create the best shaving-base for your razor.
To ensure your shaving tool lasts longer, begin with mastering a pre-shave routine. Use the right shaving brush (preferably, a badger shaving brush), soften your facial hair before striking the blade (take a warm shower or use pre-shave oils) and always use a moisturising shaving cream/gel. The perfect shaving prep will ensure the blade remains loyal to you.2. Clean it after every shave.
It's an unsaid rule, you need to clean any mess that you leave behind. This holds true in the case of a razor too. Post every shave, grab a toothbrush (or a two-sided bristled soft brush) and remove any unwanted hair/shaving cream(or foam) and any kind of that debris that's still visible on your blade. Scrub it clean!
© Amazon India3. How to keep the blade from rusting
Over time, days and with constant usage, your razor blade will begin to rust. Go the extra mile and post every shave — fill a small cup with mineral/baby oil and keep your blade soaked in in until you decide to shave next. However, while the oil will keep your blade from rusting, in case your razor possesses a moisturising strip, it might end up dissolving it. In the latter case, turn to dipping a cotton ball in pure isopropyl alcohol and wiping your razor blade with it. The alcohol will disinfect the razor!
Buy a bottle of isopropyl alcohol here.4. Sharpen the blade often.
This may sound bizarre, but you need to grab your jeans for this one. Lay them on a flat surface (maybe a table or a tiled floor) and run your razor across the face of the pair, but in the the direction opposite to how you usually shave. For example, most men shave from top to bottom. In that case, move the razor on your jeans from the bottom to top. Repeat, until you've completed a minimum of 20-30 strokes.
© YouTube5. Use the least amount of water.
Water and moisture, in general, are factors that hit your razor the most. In fact, oxidation is one of the biggest reasons why razors tend to get dull with time. You may be keeping your razor completely dry, but with excessive usage of water through your shaving routine, you're going to shorten the lifespan of your blade anyway. So, save the environment and your razor — use less water.6. Store in moisture-free environments.
While for men who store their razors in the bathroom, we say, that's a foolish move. Keep your razor out of the reach of any kind of steam and unnecessary exposure to moisture from a shower. In general however, use a blade oil!
Once you're gliding the razor across your face, clean it and dry it using a cotton towel. And dry it completely; rusting will never be a problem then.