8 Most Common Shaving Myths Debunked By Gillette Experts
What’s the best way to shave? What should be avoided? Theories are thrown around all the time – but who’s right? To get the facts straight once and for all, we spoke to Gillette’s Research & Development expert Kristina Vanoosthuyze who debunked eight of the most common shaving myths…
1. A new razor causes more nicks and cuts than a broken-in razor
This is not the case. In fact, the opposite is true: fresh blades provide a closer, smoother and more comfortable shave and when your razor is dull or damaged, you are more likely to end up with razor burn or nicks and cuts. Shaving injuries can also be a result of poor preparation. Using a foam or gel for preparation softens the hair, improves glide between the blades and the skin and reduces the risk of cuts.
2. Shaving everyday causes hair to grow back thicker, faster and darker
Not true! Hair regrowth is determined by your genetics and hormones and always grows back the same colour as it is naturally. Sometimes the blunt end of the hair makes it seem thicker, which is why this is commonly misunderstood.
3. Pressing hard will give you a closer shave
Also not true! Applying too much pressure will only increase the risk of shaving irritation and unwanted cuts. The closeness of the shave is largely determined by the design and quality of the razor, not by how hard you press. A razor like the Gillette Mach3 is engineered to work around the natural curves of the face to reach those tricky-to-get-to spots. The best way for a close and comfortable shave is to use gentle strokes. The razor should do the work, not you.
4. Shaving over in the same area repeatedly will give me a closer shave
If you are not achieving a clean, comfortable shave without going over the same area over and over again, you need to change your razor. When you shave with a poor quality razor, this will also increase the risk of shaving irritation.
5. Shaving with soap is just as good as using shaving cream or gel
No, the perfect complement for a good quality razor is a good quality shave gel or shave foam with lubricating ingredients to provide an anti-friction layer between the skin and blades and protect against shaving irritation. Ordinary soap tends to be more drying and damaging to the skin and will not offer the same level of lubrication.
6. Dry shaving is OK if you’re in a rush
Said no man ever. This will result in irritation. Dry beard hair is very hard and can have the strength of copper wire. Water with a shaving cream or gel will soften the beard hair, reduce the force needed to cut it and will significantly improve the comfort of your shave.
7. Shaving everyday is bad for the skin
Not true. Men who use a razor which is designed for a comfortable shave, who take care of their skin before, during and after the shave and who ensure their razor is not dull will be able to achieve a daily shave without compromising their skin.
8. The best way to remove beard hairs from between the blades is to tap the razor against the sink
Big mistake! This will damage the ultra-fine blade-edges and the fine coatings on the blades which have been applied for blade strength and skin comfort. At the end of a shave, simply rinse the razor thoroughly with water, shake off excess water, and store the razor in its holder.