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How to use a plastic free razor
A plastic free razor is really easy to use and the most eco-friendly shaving option available. There are some slight differences though when compared to disposable plastic razors. It's because of these differences that it gives a much closer shave with no irritation. 3 quick tips for a more comfortable shave whatever the razor Hot water from a bath or shower before shaving will soften the hairs making them easier to shave. Do this before shaving for the best results. Exfoliating makes the skins surface smooth by removing dead skin cells and excess dirt and oils. It will also help lift hairs ready for a super close shave. Read more here. Shaving cream provides a protective layer that allows your plastic free razor to glide effortlessly across your skin. Leave for roughly 30 seconds to further soften the hairs. Getting started with a plastic free razor It might look scary but using a plastic free razor is really very simple. Here's a quick guide to get you started. Inserting your metal razor blade. Grip the razor tightly at the neck with one hand and begin twisting at the base with the other. This will open the head of your razor. Place a safety razor blade over the ridge and close tightly. As you close the head, you will notice the single blade bend to a 30 degree angle. The blade angle is important as this ensures everything is perfect for a close shave. Check out a great demo on TikTok. Work the angles When using a safety razor, angles are really important. With most, it's really intuitive but it's important to remember that it's different than with disposable plastic razors. Our top tip for finding the right angle to shave is to turn your razor upside down and rest the head against your skin. Gently roll the razor back about 30 - 40 degrees and you're good to go. Use no pressure Holding the razor at the base, gently rest the metal blade on your skin at approximately a 30 degree angle. Using absolutely no pressure, glide your razor across your skin. Use straight strokes and take it slow to begin. The application of pressure is a key difference between a plastic free razor and a disposable razor. By applying no pressure, our safety razor blades cut at the surface of the skin resulting in a much closer shave that is free of irritation. Changing the blades. It's important to always use a sharp razor blade when shaving. This will help you to avoid shaving rash. We recommend changing your safety razor blades every 4 to 7 shaves. When using cartridge razors, replacement blades can be so expensive that it's often tempting not to change as often as we should. Single blade razors will save you a fortune and allow you to change blades as often as necessary resulting in a much more comfortable shaving experience. Why switch to a plastic free razor? Plastic waste going to oceans and landfills is clogging (plastic razor pun) up the planet and disposable razors are contributing to the mess. Last year, over 2 billion of the things got binned. The solution is pretty simple; one razor, made entirely from metal, so it keeps working forever and single, recyclable replacement blades. Zero waste. Zero landfill space. Zero ocean harm. Single blades aren’t just recyclable. They’re sharper and gentler on your skin. So that means less irritation and fewer rashes. Fact or friction; do multi-blade razors really shave closer? The million dollar question; how does the shave compare to the standard disposable plastic razors?! Let’s start with how close they shave. Multi-blade razors are encased inside a plastic cover. This means the blades are further away from the skin. Actually, most women’s razors also have a HUGE soap strip as well… (our theory -this might be a reason why many women experience a closer shave with a guys razor)! Single blade, plastic free razors shave directly at the skins surface. There’s no plastic or soap strip barrier at all. This means the blade can get closer to the root of the hair and deliver the closest shave possible. So to get the smoothest, silkiest legs, pits or wherever - go plastic free! Irritation, ingrown hairs and rash?! Multi-blade razors are designed with a leading blunt blade followed by sharp blades. The job of the blunt blade is to catch the hair and pull the skin tight. The idea being that the remaining blades can do the cutting. What often happens, is that the remaining blades end up cutting beneath the skins surface. So when the hair tries to grow back, it can’t break through the top layer of skin. This causes an ingrown hair. Pressing down with disposable razors is really common. You almost have to do it to get a close shave but this can lead to more ingrown hairs. With a plastic free razor, you actually don’t apply any pressure to get the smoothest shave ever! Therefore, you’re always cutting at the skins surface and will not get any ingrown hairs as a result. Disposables are expensive! As replacement heads or a new set of disposables are so expensive, it’s pretty much standard for heads to be pushed wayyy beyond their best before date. This means more often than not, we’re using blunt blades and a lot of the time clogged blades. Clogging is really common with multi-blade razors. The blades are so close together that even a small amount of cut hair can get trapped between the gaps. Blunt blades will drag over the skins surface increasing friction and ultimately causing irritation and shaving rash. To make matters worse, clogged blades are a great place for bacteria to live which further adds to the potential for irritation. Single blades are sooo much more affordable than disposables meaning you can afford to switch them up as soon as they become a bit blunt. And as they’re single, there’s no place for clogging! Win win. Choose Razor
Do you exfoliate before or after shaving?
So, the secret to a close shave is... to exfoliate? Well, not exactly but exfoliating is an amazing way to improve your shaving experience with added benefits for your skin! But do you exfoliate before or after shaving? Top 5 Reasons to Exfoliate Unclogs pores Enhances absorption of skin care products Smooths skin tone and texture Promotes beautiful, radiant skin Improves blood flow Do you exfoliate before or after shaving? Thankfully the answer to this skin care question is pretty simple. You should exfoliate before shaving. Exfoliating pre-shave removes excess dirt and dead skin cells to create a smooth surface for your razor. Dead skin cells clog your pores causing ingrown hairs. Especially during shaving as your razor will collect and deposit them as you go. This is why exfoliating before shaving is so beneficial. Preparing your skin for hair removal Jump in the shower and go about your normal washing routine. When ready to exfoliate, put a small amount of your chosen exfoliator on your fingers. Gently massage onto your skin in a circular motion. Pay particular attention to areas that are more prone to dryness such as knees and ankles. Rinse thoroughly after and apply your shaving cream right away. Give the cream a few minutes to really absorb into the hair follicles. Can exfoliating help me get a closer shave? Definitely! Exfoliating prior to shaving will lift and condition your hairs preventing them from lying flat against your skin. This allows your razor to cut closer to the skins surface whilst also helping to soften hairs. This will make your shave more comfortable as well as helping you get a much closer shave. You’ll notice you need less passes too… that means less friction and less irritation. How long should I wait to shave after exfoliating? Once your skin is clean and clear, you're ready to go. However, it is important to thoroughly rinse the exfoliator from your skin. Ideally with warm water. Leaving the exfoliator on your skin for a minute or two extra will help further soften the hairs before shaving. Once you've rinsed and applied your shave cream, you're good to go! How often should I exfoliate? Experts generally recommend exfoliating 2 - 3 times per week but if you've more oily skin and want to exfoliate more often, that's completely fine. On the more sensitive areas of skin such as bikini line and under arms or if you've sensitive skin in general, drop that down to 1 to 2 times per week. Is it OK to exfoliate the bikini area? The skin around your bikini area is much more delicate and prone to ingrown hairs and razor bumps. We would definitely recommend exfoliating before shaving. That being said, be gentle in this area. Only exfoliate around the top and sides and of course carefully and thoroughly rinse after. Don't leave the exfoliator applied for any longer than 3 minutes on areas with more delicate skin. Get more from your shave cream! This is a great tip for all skin care products. Exfoliating before applying creams or lotions will allow your skin to better absorb the product In terms of shaving, the better your skin can absorb your shave cream, the better your shave cream can hydrate, lubricate and protect your skin. Dead skin cells sitting on the skins surface clog up pores and soak up much of the goodness of your creams and lotions. Removing dead skin cells from the skins surface prior to applying your shaving cream will allow your skin to get the maximum benefit. So for a smoother finish and extra protection when shaving, exfoliate before shaving. Will exfoliating help me avoid ingrown hairs? Ingrown hairs are really common and shaving can definitely play a role in causing this problem. When shaving, your blade will move dead skin cells around and they can become lodged in the skins pores which can cause an ingrown hair. With exfoliation clearing the skin of dirt and debris pre shave, this will help eliminate one possible cause of ingrowns. If you suffer from ingrown hairs regularly, you should check out our single blade Plastic Free Razor. Dermatologists recommend using a razor with less blades if you suffer from razor burn or ingrown hairs. With multi-blade razors, we tend to press down to get the desired close shave. This often leads to the blades cutting beneath the top layer of skin. When the hair tries to grow back, it causes an ingrown hair. With a single blade razor, they cut directly at the skins surface to leave your skin feeling silky smooth post shave with no ingrown hairs. Should I exfoliate after shaving? We don’t recommend exfoliating after shaving. Actually, shaving itself is a form of exfoliation. After shaving is a great opportunity to apply a really good quality moisturizer. Skin will be clear of dirt, excess skin cells, and excess oil, so moisturizer can soak into the skin to provide amazing results. The Lane 44 Body Scrub Smoothie One of the great things about our Body Scrub Smoothie is that it not only gently exfoliates but also moisturises and nourishes the skin. This helps to soften hairs but also hydrates your skin preparing it for shaving. Put a small amount on your fingers and apply using a circular motion. For more info click here. See Product