MAINTAIN YOUR EQUIPMENT

I use an electric shaver because it’s convenient and saves a lot of time. I used to be an old-school shaving cream and razor dude but that just took way too much time and effort. Last week, I was shaving with my electric when one of the blades snagged on a hair through the foil and rather than cut the hair, it basically ripped it out of my body. It was painful but what made it worse was that I wasn’t shaving my face at the time. I have no shame in admitting as a dude of the 21st century, I keep things neat and tidy “down there”. I know many of you dudes do the same.

Anyways, I immediately turn off the shaver and went to inspect the damage. The shaver had ripped the hair right out and it had taken a noticeable area of skin with it. Surprisingly, beyond the initial sucker punch of pain, it didn’t hurt that much. The bleeding was minimal as well. Usually when I get cuts on my body, I play it safe by putting rubbing alcohol on it. It certainly stings but keeping the wound clear is worth the pain. In this case, given the sensitive nature of the area, I couldn’t bring myself to get out the rubbing alcohol. Instead, I decided to hop in the shower and wash off the area with water and a bit soap. It did sting a tiny bit but it was certainly not too painful. After drying off, I decided a bandage was out of the question. First, the wound wasn’t that large and second, I ain’t putting a damn Band-Aid there. Beyond the first hour or so, I didn’t even notice it anymore.

The lesson to be learned here is to maintain all your shaving equipment. For me, I knew I was supposed to replace the cutting blades and foil every eighteen months. I had probably gone double that when I had my little mishap. Today, I replaced said items even though it almost cost me $50 to do so. The shaver cuts like it was new now which means no more snagging and pulling. Let this be a warning to you all.

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