Winters in Manhattan are the bane of my existence. The wind tunnels between skyscrapers make my face feel like it is actually about to fall off, and the subways are crowded with people dragging dirt covered snow onto the train so I’m forced to walk everywhere in snow boots that weigh as much as I do. If there is any silver lining to all of the misery that winter brings, it’s being able to wear pants, which in a girl’s world means not having to shave your legs for a few months. This saves women everywhere ample time and money for important winter festivities, like lying on the couch, binge watching Netflix, and avoiding any form of human interaction.
Every winter, I decide to shave my legs once, usually around late January or early February. This helps me avoid looking like big foot by springtime, and also prevents my boyfriend from leaving me. During the in-between months, my razor just sits in the damp shower, cold and alone. By the time I attempt my mid-winter shave, my razor is covered in rust and left over hair strands. This year, I’m determined to avoid that.
To make razors last longer, there are three simple steps you can take. First, clean your razor after using it. If you’re like me, cleaning it after every use means cleaning it everyday from April to October. Nobody has time for that, but cleaning your razor a couple of times per week can help extend its lifespan. Salt from your skin can deteriorate the blades, causing them to get dull and rusty. Rinsing the razor with water isn’t enough to truly clean it. Take a toothbrush (not the one you currently use to brush your teeth), and scrub the blades horizontally a few times to get rid of the excess skin and hair particles.
Next, make sure you razor is fully dry. Water will cause the metal blades to oxidize, and even if you can’t see them, rust particles will form and eat away at the blades, making them dull and more likely to cut your skin. There are a few ways you can dry your razor. I prefer using running a hair dry across it for a few seconds, but patting it with a towel will also do the trick. Just be sure not to rub the towel against the razor, otherwise threads will get caught in the blades. If you really feel like it, you can also try dipping your razor in rubbing alcohol. This will sanitize the blades and allow any remaining water particles to evaporate once the razor hits the air.
After cleaning and drying you razor, store it in a dry place. If you stick it back in the shower after drying it, the humidity will just cause rust to form and defeat the purpose of drying it in the first place. Keep it in a plastic bag outside of the shower, or even store it in the freezer between uses to keep the blades protected. And when it comes time for your mid-winter shave this year, avoid the disturbing sight of your old, rusty razor that’s been sitting around for three months. Break open a fresh one, and treat it with care; spring is just around the corner and your razor will become your best friend again.