Hair removal is one of the most unglamorous parts of any routine, but it’s the one thing that can cause the most issues if we don’t pay attention. Although I dabble in depilatory creams, epilating and waxing, inevitably I always end up reaching for the razor when I’ve neglected my limbs and need to rock a skirt. I’m awful at remembering to change my razor (I dread to think how long they stay in my shower before I finally give in and swap them in for a new one,) and it seems that I’m not alone. Research conducted by new razor delivery service Friction Free Shaving found that 94% of women fail to change their razor blades on a weekly basis,
despite the advice of skin experts who advocate ‘changing the razor
blade each time you shave’. Apparently women change their razor blades 60% less frequently than men, with 82% citing cost as the key barrier – unsurprising seeing that the average price of a branded four pack of razor refills is £10.99. But why is it so important to keep your tools top notch and how can this new service help?
Well you wouldn’t use a knackered toothbrush and expect it to do the job properly…
Using fresh, clean and sharp razors isn’t just important in the
prevention of cuts and stubbly legs, but it’s vitally important to
ensure the health of our skin too. Bacteria on old and blunt razor
blades has been linked to skin irritation such as folliculitis and
inflammation of the hair follicle, while ingrown hairs are increasingly
common. Shockingly it’s reported that roughly 60% of women experience
health concerns due to shaving, while 75% experience irritation; it’s
about time we started to look after our legs, armpits and lady bits in a
much better way.
Friction Free Shaving has been
designed to directly challenge our relationship with our razor, actively
encouraging us to swap over-used blades and use a fresh one on a weekly
basis. For as little as just £3.00 a month, Friction Free Shaving
offers women a high quality razor handle with four fresh cartridges
delivered to your door monthly – enough for a new one each week. These
aren’t cheap and cheerful models though: you can choose from two, three
or five blade models, with a choice of white, neon pink and rose gold
metal handles too. Because there’s no branding, the razors are so much
more affordable than what we’re used to seeing on the high street; I
know I’m always put off by the price of razor blades, but this provides
an accessible way to look after your bits while not needing to take out a
The box is small enough to fit
through your letterbox and totally discrete, meaning no embarrassing
conversations with your postie. The razors themselves are great quality
and what you’d expect from a brand twice the price point – especially
the five blade razor (pictured,) which feels like a high tech number
that glides over my limbs with ease. Friction Free Shaving has also been
designed to combat the overtly glamourized, sexualized and unrealistic
shaving products and adverts targeted at women; I don’t particularly
want a glittery pink razor marketed to me in a way that makes me feel
inadequate for not having the legs of J.Lo – I want a razor that just
does the job in the best way possible. This is what Friction Free
Shaving is all about. I love the idea of this service and will totally
be signing up myself, as well as encouraging my mates to do the same.
Beauty boxes have long been a convenient and fun way of reciving new
products in the post, so getting your razors delivered to your door is
just an extension of something we already love.
What do you
think of this new service from Friction Free Shaving? Are you guilty of
negleting your razor? Do you often suffer from irritation because of old
The ‘Friction Free Shaving’ subscription service is available from £3.00 a month. Find more info on their website: frictionfreeshaving.com (Get 50% off your first month with code FFSLAUNCH2015)
*research was conducted on 500 women in Birmingham City Centre July/August 2015
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