Let’s face it: A five-o’ clock shadow can be sexy, but kissing a stubbly chin? Less so. If you’re looking for a way to encourage your man to nix that prickly beard, you can’t go wrong with a safety razor. This retro blade was developed back in 1904 by King Gillette as a safer way to shave, with an ergonomically-friendly blade that trumped the barber shop razors of yore. Not only shaving with one of these give him the smooth, clean feel he’s bound to love as much as you do, it will also help to prevent ingrown hairs, bumps, and skin irritation.
Mühle of Germany’s limited edition blade ($56.90, Amazon) is one such model that will spoil drugstore razors for you both forever. Offering up a super-close, super-easy shave (no more nicks!), it’s crafted to fit comfortably in his hand, so he’ll be fully in control of every stroke as he banishes his stubble.
Its secret lies in its closed-comb design, which has a plate that sits between the blade and his skin, making it safer and easier to use than an open-comb model, which allows the blade to come in direct contact with a shaver’s face. Meanwhile, this razor’s double-edged blade will last twice as long, since both sides can be used for shaving.
As an added bonus, it has a sleek, rust-resistant, chrome-plated handle will class up your bathroom décor.
According to men’s grooming expert Garrett Pike, founder of the No Club Barbershop in Brooklyn, the safety razor’s biggest advantage is in the closeness of the shave it provides. “A single, sharp, clean safety blade can (and typically will) shave closer and smoother than any three- or five-blade razor cartridge,” he told Men’s Journal.
While Mühle’s old-fashioned device looks slightly intimidating, it’s actually quite simple to use: just pop the top off, put a double-edged blade in, and fasten the top back on.
One Amazon reviewer sang its praises online, writing, “I just used this razor for the first time after [using] a drugstore safety razor, and the difference [was like] night and day. The shave was effortless and the razor was perfect. There will be no going back for me. 100 percent recommended.”
Need more convincing? The replaceable blades, which unscrew from the handle, are also friendlier to the environment than disposable razors, and more economical as well.
For the smoothest shave possible, Pike recommended men wash their faces with warm water before applying plenty of conditioning shave gel ($17, Amazon) or soap ($14.99, Amazon), and splashing with cold water afterward to close pores. He advised following up the whole routine with a hydrating balm ($16.99, Amazon) or aftershave ($40, Amazon).
With these tools on hand, neither you nor your formerly-scruffy partner will be able to stop touching his newly baby-soft face!
Where to buy: $56.90, Amazon
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