Multi-blade razors work by using a “lift-and-cut” system. This means that the hairs are lifted by the first blade, and then cut by the next, with the process being repeated by the following blades. The advantage of using more blades is that a closer cut can be achieved using minimal passes.
Whilst technically a 5 blade cartridge should provide a closer result, it isn’t always the best option. If you have particularly sensitive skin, acne, or you’re shaving a delicate area (like your downstairs regions) then you may find the 3 blade cartridge to be a better choice; you’ll still get a close result, but with less risk of irritation.
We typically recommend the 3 blade cartridge for body shaving. The smaller head tends to make it easier to navigate around difficult areas (like the underarm crevice), but again, this is all down to personal preference.
Shaving tip #3: Get steamy
Steam is your friend when it comes to shaving. No matter the body part, one of the most beneficial shaving tips we can give is to take a hot shower or bath beforehand.
You may have heard before that steam “opens” the pores (the little holes in the skins outer layer). Well, this isn’t exactly true…
Pores don’t open and shut like doors, and they don’t particularly change in size either…
Here’s the real story; when the pores come into contact with heat and steam, any dirt and oil trapped inside is softened so it’s easier to remove. When the skin is clean it gives the razor a much smoother surface to glide across, which is exactly what you need for a drama-free shave.
Steam also helps significantly in softening the skin and the hairs, creating a far less demanding task for the razor.
If it’s your face that you’re shaving, another option here is to give yourself a classic hot towel treatment. You’ve probably seen this before, it’s a traditional shaving preparation technique that has been used in barber shops for centuries.
You’ll just need to soak a clean towel or flannel in hot water, or you can heat it up in the microwave (either way, please be careful not to burn yourself!). Once it’s nice and hot, just pop it on your face, sit back and relax for a few minutes whilst it works its magic.
If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can add a few drops of essential oils into the water. This is totally optional though (essentially it just makes it smell nice), the heat and steam from the towel are doing all the work.