Listen up people, it turns out that many of us don’t know how often to change our razors and enough about the risks involved if we don’t keep ’em hygienic!

Take note of these five icky things that happen if you don’t change your razor often enough…

Your razor gets covered in gross grime

The longer you have your razor, the more bacteria, dead skin cells, shaving cream, and hair crops up in there. Especially if you’re not rinsing in between strokes. 

You get a worse shave

The older the razor, the longer it’s going to take you to shave. And, seriously, who wants to prolong the shaving process? 

Razor bumps galore

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Once you start rubbing a dull blade on your skin, you’re leaving yourself susceptible to skin irritation. Not the ideal summer look. 

You’re more likely to cut yourself

Ouch. If your razor is old and not working as well as it should, you’re going to start applying more pressure which means you’re more likely to cut yourself. Particularly unpleasant if you’re working with your bikini line…

You risk the likelihood of infection

This would have to be the worst. An old blade and irritated skin is a recipe for disaster. According to experts, just because you don’t see the cuts on your skin doesn’t mean they’re not there.

“You’ll have more microscopic tears in your skin and bacteria with an old blade, so the risk of infection will increase,” 

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So how often should you be changing your disposable razor? 

Any tugging, nicking, or rusting is a general sign that it’s time to change our your blade. Many razor companies state that it can take anywhere from 5 – 10 shaves before you should swap out your razor, while other experts state that it can be as often as 3 – 4 uses.

We say keep an eye out for those tugs, nicks and rust marks and go with your gut! 

Source: Cosmopolitan