Shaving Savings: Cutting the Cost of Hair Removal Products
by Rose Scott
Shaving and hair removal products don’t come cheap. But for many of us, they are necessary. That doesn’t mean we have to pay full price.
By implementing the following tips, you can shave those shaving costs and keep your “beauty budget” intact.
Simple Ways To Save on Shaving Products
Most of the following tips will help you do one of two things: save on purchases and prolong the life of products.
Buy in Bulk
You can often save money buying disposable razors, blades, shaving cream, soap and aftershave in larger quantities. Watch for sales, discounts and coupons to save even more.
You can also save considerably buying store-brand rather than name-brand shaving products.
Use Disposable Razors Wisely
Rinse and dry disposable razors after each use to prolong life. Store them in a dry place to prevent rusting.
Consider this tip from one of our frugal readers:
“You can make razor blades last for months by either putting them in a cup filled with alcohol or drying them with a hair dryer for a few seconds after you use them. It is the water rusting the blade that dulls them very quickly. I’ve heard of men who shave daily and can use the expensive blades for as long as seven months by doing this.”
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Choose a Safety Razor
Investing in a safety razor may have a higher upfront cost, but it’s cost-effective in the long run since replacement blades are much cheaper than disposable razors.
Maintain Your Electric Razor
If you invest in an electric razor, clean and lubricate it regularly to ensure it runs smoothly and lasts longer. Replace parts as needed, and it could last for years.
Care for Your Skin
Properly moisturizing and exfoliating your skin can help prolong the life of your razors and/or blades. It can also lead to fewer ingrown hairs and less irritation.
These DIY salt scrubs for silky skin can help you keep your skin exfoliated for less.
Make Your Shaving Cream Last
Use a shaving brush to generate a rich lather with a small amount of shaving cream or soap, reducing the amount required for each shave.
Use Alternatives To Shaving Cream
Try using hair conditioner, baby oil or coconut oil as a substitute for shaving cream.
If you use baby or coconut oil in the shower or tub, be very careful, as it can make the floor slick.
Use At-Home Hair Removal Methods
Waxing or using an epilator can be more cost-effective than visiting a salon. You can also try DIY sugar waxing, which uses common household ingredients. Follow directions carefully if using “hot” hair removal methods.
Here are some DIY alternatives to salon treatments.
Even though shaving products are often marketed specifically for men or women, consider sharing products like shaving cream or that pack of disposable razors if you live with someone who also shaves.
Where Will You Find Shaving Savings?
Most adults need shaving products. Thankfully there are many ways to save on razors, shaving cream and other hair removal products that can be costly if you don’t know where to find discounts or prolong the life of your shaving products.
Reviewed April 2023
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