I'm finishing up week 3 of Plastic Free July, and feel like I'm settling into this new routine for the most part.
The hiccups I'm having now relate to the bathroom - the shower, to be more specific. I ran out of shampoo, but, thanks to a suggestion in a plastic free Facebook group I joined, I found a shampoo bar that I actually like! It's the first one I've tried that really foams and leaves my hair feeling clean - Ethique's Sweet & Spicy Volumising Bar. I also ordered a conditioning bar from them, but haven't tried that yet. The next hurdle is a big one - I'm running out of my skincare products! I will probably need to head to The Skin Medic for advice on this one. Stay tuned!
Today, I wanted to talk about a success I've had in reducing the plastic in my beauty routine. Switching from disposable razors to a stainless steel safety razor.
I was using about two disposable razors per month. That's 24 a year and I don't want to tell you how old I am....but it adds up to over 700 razors thrown away so far in my lifetime. Sad stuff. I made the switch about a year ago, and I wanted to share some tips with you if you're considering doing the same in celebration of Plastic Free July. Your shins will thank me!
This is basically what my razor looks like:
Sleek, shiny, and hella scary the first time you go near an ankle bone with that thing. You can do this. It's a different process than disposables, but worth it!
Here's what you need to know:
1. When you insert a new blade, make sure you tighten the screw holding the blade in place so that it's nice and secure. (I forgot to do this once, and I'll spare you the details.)
2. Use a shaving soap. Regular soap is ok, but shaving soap does actually make for a smoother shave.
3. Hold the blade at a 30 degree angle from your skin.
4. Use short strokes and don't push down or swipe blindly at your legs like I used to with disposables. Just let the weight of the razor to do the work. Short, gentle strokes.
5. If your skin is dry or sensitive, a little body oil on your skin before hopping in the shower reduces irritation.
That's it! Take it slow the first few times until you get the hang of it.
After the initial purchase of your razor, you'll see that you're saving money too. The blades are sooooo much less expensive than disposable razors. You're helping your budget AND helping the planet. #winning