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How often should you change your razor?


Knowing how often to replace your razor blades boils down to using your common sense to identify when your razor feels dull or pulls more than usual on the surface of your skin. Another sign that you need a new razor blade is if your skin feels sore or appears inflamed after shaving. You can avoid this issue entirely if you replace your blade before irritation begins.

However, even if your shaving frequency varies and despite what your hair type is, or whether you’re using single-blade razors or multi-blade razors, they should be changed every 5-10 shaves. This will give you the best shave and make your frequent shaving feel like a treat rather than a chore.

What happens if you don’t change razor blades?

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If you don’t change your razor blades as often as you need, you increase the risk of having an infection. Throw away any razor blade that looks to be rusting or doesn’t feel sharp on your skin anymore.

The longer you use an outdated razor, the more bacteria, dead skin cells, shaving cream, and hair accumulate in it. This is especially true if you’re not washing thoroughly between strokes.

Using an old razor also takes extra time and effort because you’ll have to shave over the same spot numerous times to get a close shave.

The American Academy of Dermatologists recommends changing your razor blades every five to seven shaves, if not sooner.

How do you know your razor blade is dull?

If you have an old razor that has been hanging around for a long and aren’t sure if it’s sharp enough, you should test it to make sure. Shaving with a used-up blade can irritate your skin and produce common shaving problems such as pimples or razor burn. It is critical to sharpening your razor blade before using it, as it will dull over time as it is used.

If your razor pulls at your beard or feels rough, it is too dull. Bleeding scratches and bumps on more sensitive regions of the face, such as the neck, are also possible. If the blade does not feel smooth or begins to cut against your skin, it is time to sharpen or replace it.

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This step is particularly important when shaving, and it depends on your shaving frequency. For example, if you shave every two days your razor will wear off much faster so you’ll have to change the head more often. The longer you use your razor, the more bacteria, dead skin cells, shaving cream, and hair accumulate. Especially if you don’t rinse between strokes. The older the razor, the longer it will take to shave.

Read our “How often should you shave?” article to learn more about the perfect shaving routine.

The purpose of shaving gel or shaving soap is to lubricate the blades and prevent skin irritation. Razor blades, on the other hand, cut through the cream and push practically all of it to the side. To guarantee a clean shave, we’ve added a roller that glides over the cream, allowing more of it to reach the blades and eliminating razor burn!

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Because disposable razors only last a few shaves, it is quite simple to irritate even the most delicate skin. Used-up razors and low-quality blades can induce razor burn and increase the likelihood of ingrown hairs in the region being shaved.

Our advice is to always choose high-quality razor blades to accompany your wet shaving routine and give your facial hair the best treatment.

A rough time schedule to replace your blades:

Replace your blade every 1 to 2 weeks if you shave every day.

Replace your blade every 2 to 3 weeks if you shave every other day.

Replace your blade every 4 to 6 weeks if you shave twice a week.

Blade maintenance

The length of time your razor blades last is also affected by how well you care for them. If you allow debris such as hair, soap, or dead skin to accumulate during and between applications, your blade will become blunt much faster.

Rinse your shaver blade between strokes to remove any debris. Aside from achieving a far closer shave, your blade will not have to work as hard to cut your hair through a layer of needless detritus. In addition to routinely cleaning your blade, frequently dry your razor and blades after use and store them in a dry place to prevent rust from accumulating. You can also cover your blazer with our Clip-on Travel Cover to keep it dry and clean for longer.

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Can you use the same razor for body hair and facial hair?

If you use the same razor on your face and body, you risk nicks and cuts, which can cause inflammation and discomfort, as well as scars and ingrown hairs.

Our advice is to use a separate razor for your body parts such as legs, armpits, and private parts to prevent bacteria from spreading and gunk build-up.

Our best beauty tips

One general rule every man should know when shaving is to always operate on wet hair. The use of moisturizer, exfoliator or simpe wash with hot water before shaving is crucial for a good shave and the best skin treatment. You can shower before shaving or use the sink for rinsing. However this step is extremely important as when your skin is well-hydrated, your body hair has good thickness with water and breaks away from the skin more readily, reducing the likelihood of skin irritation.

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Our solution

Shaving should not be a hassle; it should be something you look forward to doing in the morning. That means no more shaving with a dull blade because you’ve run out, no more queuing for fresh razor blades for last-minute travels, and no more overpaying for your blades. With the Bearded Colonel’s shaving razor subscription, you’ll receive blade replacements on a regular basis at a reasonable price. They’ll fit through your mailbox, ensuring that you always receive them.