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Smooth at Last!
on 25 February 2014
I used to have the worst luck with razors - I've tried pretty much every brand out there and I've always ended up in a rash which burnt like hell. In fact, I'd even tried the Gilette Fusion blades and got the rash so a part of it must have been technique (preparation, direction etc) but I digress.
These blades give me the smoothest shave I've had (except for professional shaves with a traditional blade) and minimize irritation when used along with the correct shaving gel. Unlike other razors, the only irritation I get from using these blades is from regrowth of facial hair - so I tend to shave every day and KEEP my face clean-shaven to minimize irritation from regrowth.
Another bonus is that I don't seem to cut myself nearly as often (in fact I don't at all) which isn't surprising seeing as it is a five blade design as opposed to a single or dual blade design.
If you're getting a shaving rash with these blades, it's most likely more to do with your technique. Remember: human error plays a part in everything to do with technology, and that extends to razor technology. If you're getting irritation or razor burn with these blades, try the following steps:
1. Use shaving gels for sensitive skin
2. Have a shave after a shower or a bath
3. Don't have a shave right before you get into the shower or the bath - hair shampoo and cleaning products may irritate your skin more
4. Before a shave, try using a loofah sponge in the shower/bath to remove dead skin and grease
5. Make sure your face is clean before you have a shave. Oils and greases will clog the blades.
6. Shave WITH the grain, not against.
7. Don't go over the same area of skin repeatedly.
8. Rinse the blade repeatedly when shaving
9. Use luke warm water
10. End the shave with a splash of cold water to soothe the skin and close sweat pores.
One final note: I use one of these blades for hair maintenance in "other places" and these are good for that. But instead of using shaving gel by itself, coat the skin in a bit of hair conditioner first (before applying shaving gel) - this will make the blades GLIDE over the hair and skin.
I also recommend the use of the Gilette Thermal Facial Scrub. Not only does it feel amazingly warm when you apply it, but I've found the exfoliating and warming effect of the scrub decreases the occurrence of a shaving rash even further. (I wouldn't use this stuff "down below" if I were you - that could burn and potentially cause some serious manliness carnage).
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