I feel like we live in a world where stealing things from your boyfriend is so socially acceptable. His sweatshirts are so comfortable. His cologne smells kind of nice on you. His button-down shirts look great on you, and hey, that whole unisex look is totally in fashion right now. But there are certain things you should absolutely never borrow from a man: his toothbrush, his credit card when he’s not looking (apparently that makes them mad), and his razor.
I know, it’s so much easier to just use his razor. It’s sitting right there in the shower next to your $50 shampoo bottle. Why bother buying your own razor? You just spent $50 on shampoo. Save the time and money and just use his razor, right?
Wrong. First of all, it’s kind of disgusting. Think about how gross your razor looks when you shave your legs for the first time in 3 months after a long winter. Now imagine that the old soap and thick, dark, curly hair clogging the razor is not yours. Did you vomit yet? It’s so unsanitary that I can’t believe I just wrote that.
Even if you rinse out his razor, hair debris and bacteria can still be trapped in between the blades. Rinsing with water alone doesn’t clean all of this. And if your boyfriend keeps his razor in the shower, there’s a higher chance that it is clogged with bacteria since it is stored in a damp environment. A dirty razor is also more likely to lead to nicks, ingrown hairs, and razor burn.
On top of being unhygienic, using your boyfriend’s razor won’t get you the best shave. Men and women have very different skin types. Men’s skin tends to be thicker and oilier than women’s skin so his razor is not designed for your body. Women’s razors are made with handles that ensure you have total control of your strokes, and the blades are designed to glide over the contour of the female body to help prevent nicks. Women’s razors also usually have moisture strips that help nourish the skin as you shave. These are all things your man’s razor is missing.
Do you remember the last time your boyfriend bought a new razor? He probably doesn’t either. When you pick up his razor, even if it’s clean, you are also risking using old, dull blades that could cut your skin. Women typically shave 18 times more surface area than men. That means you need a razor that can go the distance without becoming dull. If your boyfriend isn’t keeping a journal of every time he uses his razor (and I’d be concerned if he was), who knows how many times those blades have been used? You’re almost guaranteed to be using a dull blade that’s going to end up cutting your skin.
Do yourself and your boyfriend a favor and buy your own razors. Keep stealing his clothes and maybe his credit cards (kidding…maybe), but as for razors, you’re better off on your own.