Are Five Blades on a Razor Overkill?

I've been using the Gillette Venus Breeze for a long time, and figured the last thing I needed was more blades on my razor. I suffer from ingrown hairs occasionally (I know, who doesn't? But if you have curly hair like me, you know exactly what I'm talking about), and the advice has always been to use a single blade razor. Well, I'm not down with that - I have a limited amount of time that I'm willing to invest in shaving, so my triple blades have suited me just fine.

Recently, Gillette released their newest addition to their line, the Venus Embrace Razor, which has a whopping five blades to it. Contrary to what I expected, this razor did an excellent job giving me a smooth shave without any resulting problems such as razor burn or ingrown hairs.

You can pick one up at any major retailer for about $10.


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Meredith Edwards-Cornwall is the founder of online lifestyle websites and She is also known as @retrodiva on Twitter. She specializes in drinking large amounts of espresso, shopping, and enjoying social media. In all of her free time she writes for twice a week, and does various other freelance gigs involving writing, designing, and generally being awesome. While she believes that success is indeed a job in New York, she currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband, two children, and two cats and has hung on to her day job.