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Schick Hydro Silk Razor — A Moisturizing Shaving Tool?

As someone with skin so dry it would make a cactus weep, I’m always on the hunt for shaving products that will make the entire experience less traumatic for the often sensitive and dehdrated skin on my legs and underarms. Foaming shaving creams, which often consist mainly of compressed air, rarely provide the necessary layer of cushioning to protect my skin from sharp razor blades, so I’ve converted to products with creamier, frothier formulas like the Lady Cremo Shave Cream and the EOS Moisturizing Shave Cream. But what about my choice of razors? Well, while one might be tempted to think that all razors are created equal, the truth is a stratification exists within this section of the drugstore aisle too. The difference: sometimes it’s harder to tell the Lamborghinis and Yugos apart.

Given how temperamental my skin can be, I let out a little “Wepa!” (Puerto Rican for “Yay!”) when I heard about the launch of the Schick Hydro Silk Razor ($9.99 at mass market retailers and drugstores nationwide). Seven years in the making, the Schick Hydro Silk Razor features a lubricating strip meant to counteract the drying effects of the shaving process. Unlike other lubricating strips, this one is water-activated, so that the hydrating serum therein — formulated with softening shea butter and hydrating marine botanical extracts — isn’t released until you’re safely in the shower, smoothing the razor over your skin. Schick’s first 5-blade razor features skin guards positioned atop each blade to protect your skin from nicks and reduce any potential irritation (from rashes to razor bumps), and the blades themselves are individually mounted into each cartridge so that they can more easily glide over the skin, even when dealing with small crevices and rounded surface areas. The blue handle, meanwhile, features an ergonomic design and a soft rubber grip.

Now that we’ve covered the features touted by Schick, let’s talk about how the razor actually performs.

As I mentioned, I have rather dry and sensitive skin, which complicates the shaving process. Even worse, I come from a long line of Chewbacca-style hairy folks, which means I typically have to shave every two days if I’m to live a stubble-free existence. Because of these problematic circumstances, then, I was all the more enthusiastic to try a razor developed to yield a gentler touch.

After several shaving sessions with the Schick Hydro Silk, however, I left with mixed feelings about the razor. On the one hand, I didn’t experience any razor bumps (often a problem) nor did I have to grapple with nicks and scrapes (also a common end result of my clumsy razor-wielding ways). On the other hand, it didn’t glide atop my skin as smoothly as I expected. The razor didn’t feel abrasive against my legs, but it also didn’t float effortlessly over the skin’s surface — in fact, it stumbled a bit on bumpier, bonier areas like knee caps, ankles, and shins. This, of course, is typical of any razor but therein lies my point: the act of smoothing the razor over the skin was no more or less remarkable than it would have been with any other quality razor. And, surprisingly enough, despite its five-blade design, I couldn’t get as close a shave with this razor as I typically do with, say, the Schick Quattro for Women. Lastly, any moisturizing serum released was imperceptible, its hydrating effects negligible.

All in all, I thought the Hydro Silk Razor was far from revolutionary, instead delivering a performance that was solid but average. And, while 5-blade razors may be the latest in shaving technology, I personally fare much better with the Schick Quattro. Perhaps one could argue that this is one of those cases in which less is actually more.

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