What are the pros and cons of wet shaving?
PROS: Quick, inexpensive, an especially close shave, refreshing and reinvigorates the skin with use of shaving lotions.
CONS: Stubble reappears quickly, risk of cuts and nicks to the skin, risk of ingrown hair if the blade is not sharp.
What should I look for in choosing a razor?
Some razors such as Schick and Wilkinson-Sword, have comfort or lubricating strips near the cap above the blades.
Some contain aloe and are made from water soluble polymer or PVP which allows for a smooth glide over the skin reducing friction.
Twin blades allow for a very close shave and many come with flexible heads allowing the razor to follow the contours of the body.
Look for razors with safety guard wires over the blades to minimize the risk of cuts and nicks and skin irritation. Blades with a platinum chrome finish maintain their sharpness.
Which is the best direction – with the hair growth or against it?
Shaving in the same direction as the hair growth is the most comfortable.
Shaving against the hair growth certainly gives a much closer shave. Many use a combination of both.
Many dermatologists warn however that shaving against the hair growth can cause ingrown hair and irritation and it can make the skin sore and sensitive.
How many times can I use one blade?
This depends greatly on the individual and the thickness or coarseness of the hair. Some prefer to change a blade after using it once or twice, others after 3 or 4 times while many expect between 5 to 7 uses.
The key is to change it regularly and always use a sharp blade. If you feel it dragging on your skin it’s time to change it!