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Wet shaving – the pros and cons

Are you happy with your current shaving routine? Maybe you are considering trying a traditional wet shave. There are several different razors you use for wet shaving. The cartridge razor such as the Gillette Mach 3, the DE safety razor, or the cut-throat razor. In this blog, we will be covering the pros and cons of wet shaving using either the cartridge razor or the DE razor. The cut-throat razor is a more specialist item, and will not be covered in this blog.

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  • When wet shaving, you get a much closer shave, resulting in needing to shave less often.
  • The razors will remove the very top layer of dead skin exposing fresh, smooth skin. This means you will not need to exfoliate using a facial scrub.
  • Good quality shaving creams moisturise the skin, helping it stay healthy and soft while also giving a smooth, comfortable shave.
  • The razors are portable and easy to clean. The blades are easy to replace, especially with the cartridge razor.
  • Inexpensive to buy. There are many different types of razors available. From cheap plastic razors costing a few pounds, to more expensive DE razors costing upwards of £50. Compared with a quality electric razor it is cheaper.
  • Finally, most people tend to enjoy the experience of wet shaving more, finding the experience more luxurious.
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  • Time. Wet shaving often takes longer than using an electric razor, especially with the preparation such as lathering adding to the total time needed.
  • Inconvenience. Wet shaving is, well wet. You need a source of water to shave. An electric razor meanwhile, assuming it is battery-powered, can be used anywhere.
  • Injury. The most well-known problem of wet shaving is the potential for nicks and cuts. This can be reduced by using good quality soap or cream, as well as a sharp blade. But it is always a risk.
  • Ongoing cost. While an electric razor is typically more expensive up-front. Wet razors have far higher ongoing costs with blades needing to be changed, as well as the soap or cream running out and needing to be brought again.
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Wet shaving gives a much better shaving experience leading to a closer shave. It will leave you with softer smooth skin that will not dry out. But it is less convenient and costs more over time.

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