Risks of Why You Should Never Share Your Razor

Discover why you shouldn’t share a razor for design and sanitary reasons. Plus, learn a few tips for how to avoid the need to share razors in the first place.

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Borrowing someone else’s razor might sound convenient, but there are design and hygienic reasons for why sharing razors isn’t a good idea.

Is it OK for women to use men’s razors?

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You shouldn’t share a razor with anyone, female or male. You can use a male razor for touch ups and shaving facial hair, but when it comes to shaving larger areas of the body, consider a women’s razor. Men’s razors are usually designed with facial hair in mind; but women may shave up to 10 times more surface area then men — for instance, legs, underarms and the pubic area — so women’s razors are designed shave these large areas in a single session.

Many women’s razor heads are more oval shaped vs. square to easily shave tighter areas like underarms. While they come with the same sharp blades as male razors, they may have additional lubrication to better protect the skin when shaving larger areas like legs. And, since body-shaving often requires gripping the handle in multiple positions, razor handles made for women are typically easier to grip in a variety of positions.

Why shouldn’t I share my razor or borrow someone else’s?

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You shouldn’t share a razor with someone else due to sanitary concerns. You can get nicked or cut while shaving, and if you use someone else’s razor you are putting yourself at risk for infection — and vice versa. What’s more, you may not know how long someone else’s razor has been used. His or her razor could be older than you think, and shaving with a dull blade increases chances of nicks, skin irritation, razor burn and bumps.

What are ways to prevent sharing someone else’s razor?

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If you use a refillable razor, consider stocking up on blade cartridges so you don’t reach for someone else’s razor if your blade is too dull. Having extra blades readily available will also come in handy if someone else accidently uses your razor, so you can simply swap the used blade with a new one to avoid cross contamination. If you use disposable razors, keep a few extras nearby. And, consider placing an extra razor in your travel toiletry bag as well, so you don’t forget one when traveling.

Make sure your razor is also easily recognizable, especially if you live with someone else who uses a woman’s razor. Having a distinct razor can help prevent sharing with someone else on accident. The Venus Deluxe Smooth Swirl Razor in Purple is the perfect razor to easily distinguish which one is yours.