There are some beauty products we skimp on (like these cheap thrills), but for whatever reason, we got hooked on top-of-the-line razors years ago and haven’t found a way to part with them yet. When you’re spending more than $30 on just six razors, you want to make sure each one lasts as long as possible. And doing so is actually easier than you may think—no crazy supplies or lengthy processes involved. Use these tips and watch each one of your razors live a long and happy life.
Scroll through for five smart tricks!
Shaving-cream residue and a buildup of dead skin cells also contribute to your razor’s early end. Make sure it’s dry and clean. And no, your post-shave rinse isn’t cutting it. Kill the bacteria that breeds on the blades with a quick wipe, or dip it in rubbing alcohol. Alcohol not only sanitizes the razor but also helps dissipate the water.
Before or after you shave, grab an old pair of jeans. Place them on a hard surface and run your razor up the length of the pant leg about 15 times. Do the opposite direction, too, moving swiftly, and you’ll have sharper blades in seconds. The cross-fibers in denim correct any tiny bends in the blades and act as a sharpener. If your razor is already pretty dull, you can save it from the trashcan by upping your swipes to about 50 in each direction.