Ready to kick those plastic disposable razors to the curb? Whether you are going zero waste or on the hunt for organic men’s toiletries, switching to eco friendly reusable razors is a more sustainable option for the planet. Enter the long lasting safety razor! While shaving with a safety razor requires a little practice, it is nothing to be intimidated by. Your skin and hand simply needs time to grow accustomed to the method. To get started, read on for an easy step by step guide on how to shave with a safety razor.
WHAT IS A SAFETY RAZOR?
Safety razors are one of our favourite kinds of eco friendly reusable razors. Unlike modern blade systems, the head of the safety razor does not move. The blades are replaceable by unscrewing the cap. This reduces waste and provides a long lasting razor. We like to use the Muhle Safety Razors which are made of corrosion-resistant brass and chrome plating, making them a more sustainable option when compared to their disposable plastic counterparts. They are designed with a closed head to hold a classic blade that you reuse and replace when dull – and just happen to come in a very covet-able Rose Gold.
HOW TO USE A SAFETY RAZOR
The following is guidance for facial hair and beards but can easily be applied to shaving legs, underarms or any other area with a safety razor.
Moisten your face and neck with warm water. Lather the area thoroughly with your desired organic men’s shaving products like a moisturising natural shaving gel or organic shaving cream. We recommend applying the Muhle Shaving Cream. It allows the double edge blades to slide over skin more easily.
Make sure the razor head and handle are firmly attached to each other, but only tighten the screw to the extent that it can be unscrewed without much effort.
Hold the safety razor at an approximately 30° angle to your skin. When shaving facial hair, start with the cheeks. Let the razor to slide over the skin, applying gentle pressure. With these eco friendly reusable razors, always shave in the direction of hair growth. Go with the grain, not against it.
When shaving the neck, stretch the skin tight with your free hand. Do not panic if you get small cuts or grazes on your first couple shaves. Once you have familiarised yourself with how to use a safety razor, you will rarely make any nicks and scratches.
If you are a practised shaver and ready for an ultra clean shave, try this. Slightly loosening the handle by ½ a revolution increases the angle of the blade. This is great for getting into to those harder to reach places. Make sure you tighten the handle again before continuing with the rest of the shave.
ECO FRIENDLY REUSABLE RAZORS SHAVINGS TIPS
When shaving facial hair, make sure you have moistened both your face and neck with warm or hot water before beginning.
Use an organic shaving cream or natural shaving gel to create a loose lather. Apply your selected men’s organic skincare products in gentle strokes and massage into the skin. Wait for one or two minutes to allow them to take effect.
Always shave hair using a sharp blade without applying too much pressure.
Make sure to rinse freshly shaved skin with fresh water. After shaving, apply an organic after shave balm. This will help refresh and soothe skin. Follow with an organic face cream to seal in moisture.