March 3, 2014

In Search of a Good Razor

It's been a while since I posted a BzzAgent product here. I've been trying out the Schick Hydro Silk razor set and Skintimate Skin Therapy shave gel, complements of BzzAgent and Schick, and finally have some feedback to share!

Schick Hydro Silk set with 3 blades

Back of the Schick Hydro Silk package
I usually use disposable razors and though I've tried these cartridge-style razor systems in the past, it had been a long time. 

My usual disposable razor
My biggest questions going into this review were whether I'd end up with razor burn and nicks, and will I burn through blades, I'd break the bank buying replacements?
The first thing I did was explore the blade. 

Some replacement blade systems are kind of difficult to tell which side is "up," but thankfully it was super easy with the Schick Hydro Silk. I also liked that there is a plastic holder/case piece that keeps my razor from sitting flat on the shower shelf or counter (so it doesn't ooze the lotiony strip or get soaked in water puddles).

My first test was to shave like I normally do, with is just a bit of gentle hair conditioner (sometimes with lotion soap). In the winter, my skin is so dry, this can leave my legs patchy and irritated, but with the Schick razor, I had no bumps, no scrapes, and no blood. Pretty awesome! I also tried the Skintimate Skin Therapy shave gel. It's lightly scented and easy to pump, even with wet hands in the shower. I can't say I had a notable difference from shaving with soap, but I suspect using a good shave gel like Skintimate helps the razor blade last longer because there is less friction on the skin. In that regard, I'd probably make sure to use it each time I shave with the Schick razor so I don't have to replace blades too often. Because my skin is very, very, VERY dry, I often get residue build up in razors and they just don't last long. I have liked cheap disposables because I can just toss them after 1-2 uses. I'd not want to do that with the Schick, hoping I'd get a week per blade. In reality, with the shave gel, I'd get a week if I only shave 2-3 times that week. Shaving daily, I'd probably replace it twice a week. To me, that's a lot. That said, the Shick really does pass my personal test of treating my skin well. My legs are super soft and smooth and stay that way for hours after shaving. Even my husband noticed!

I'd say it's worth the splurge to try in the Schick Hydro Silk Sensitive Care Razor system, especially if you use it with the Skintimate shave gel.

Schick claims their razor is designed to hydrate your skin for up to two hours after shaving while the 5 blades protect your skin from irritation. My experience over the past month is that their claims seem to be pretty accurate. I haven't had to use a moisturizer after shaving since I switched.

Schick Hydro Silk's Facebook page and website have even more information about their products for those who are curious to know more.

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