Stainless steel nail files are tough and durable but you might be asking yourself – do nail files wear out?
So let’s find out: do nail files wear out?
Metal nail files work by using an etched surface to cause friction on the nail. Your nail is softer than the metal so it rubs away. But the nail file does take a bit of a hit at the same time. It wears away, but much, much slower than the nail.
Sometimes it might seem like your nail file is wearing out and becoming less effective – but it’s actually not. To produce the friction that files your nail you need the etching in the nail file to be clear. If it is dirty or filled with muck, it won’t file as well. To solve this problem you just need to give the nail file a clean with warm soapy water and clear out the etching by rubbing with a cloth or a nail brush. Dry it off properly and your nail file will be as good as new.
Eventually, over time, you will notice your nail file not working quite as well. This can happen over many years, depending on how often you use your file and how well you look after it. You might find you have to work harder to get your nails filed or that the file doesn’t do quite such a good job.
That means it’s time for a new file. A stainless steel metal nail file lasts far longer than emery boards and similar alternatives. They need replacing every few weeks. But a metal nail file can go for years. You can pick up a pack of three from Pimple Popper for a great price for fantastic value over the years.
When you think of shaving there’s a spectrum with a hasty, bleary-eyed early morning electric buzz on one end and lying back in the barber’s chair, them using a shaving brush to whip up a decadent lather and the cleanest shave you can imagine.
In reality? You spend way too much time on the hurried end of the spectrum. Welcome to modern life. But you can enjoy more of that luxurious feeling when you add using a shaving brush to your routine.
Luxury shaves using a shaving brush
Using a shaving brush feels great and gives a great shave. It’s also better for your skin and gives a closer shave.
You might be put off thinking that it takes too much time and is too much like hard work. But it isn’t, and you reap the rewards in other ways.
By preparing your face using a shaving brush you can make the shaving process itself quicker and easier. A shaving brush stimulates your skin, softens and lifts up your hair, exfoliates, and avoids ingrowns. This makes your subsequent shave more effective – saving you time and frustration.
If your skin gets sore and irritated from a regular shave using a shaving brush can help. You might end up saving time having to add other ointments, or wait for redness to go down before you go out.
A touch of old-fashioned luxury in your day doesn’t have to mean spending lots of time – or money. Using a shaving brush is quicker than you think, and a lot cheaper than you are probably thinking too. Depending on how often you shave, and how well you take care of it, a good quality shaving brush can last for years.
So there’s no reason you can’t get a luxury shave every time. It doesn’t have to be the full hot towels experience but it can certainly be better than a hectic scratch-about.
Your shaving brush is doing good work getting you a closer shave. But it needs you to help keep it in top condition. So here’s your guide to cleaning a shaving brush.
Why is cleaning a shaving brush important?
Cleaning a shaving brush is important to keep it in top condition. It will also help it last longer. Shaving brushes do wear out over time. But you can keep your shaving brush for years if you look after it properly.
Your shaving brush collects dirt, dead skin and oil from your face that needs to be cleaned. It can also collect a build-up of shaving foam. And it needs drying properly to avoid that damp, wet smell.
The first step is to always rinse off your shaving brush. It’s great for working up a lather of shaving cream but it needs to be cleaned afterward. Give it a thorough rinse after each shave. Make sure the clean water gets through all the bristles and right down to the handle. It’s common for dried shaving cream to build up where the brushes meet the handle.
Then your brush needs to be allowed to dry off properly. Shake off excess water before standing the brush to dry. You can fluff up the bristles to get the air between them. And don’t store your brush in a drawer or cabinet until it is dry. It needs to be somewhere the air can move around it.
Lots of people have two or more shaving brushes that they alternate between. Not only does this extend the life of the brushes but it allows them to dry completely between uses.
Every so often you will want to give your brush a proper clean. You can do this using household Borax, or shampoo, apple cider / white vinegar or washing up liquid.
Let the brush soak in warm water for a few minutes and use shampoo or washing up liquid to clean the bristles. Carefully scrape away any build up at the base or use a toothbrush to clean it. Soaking in diluted apple cider vinegar or white vinegar helps remove oil from the bristles.
How quickly do shaving brushes wear out? If you’ve thought about switching to a wet shave you’ve probably thought about that question. A good quality shaving brush should last for two or more years. Some people have brushes they’ve used for decades. It depends on how the brush is used and treated though.
How do shaving brushes wear out?
The hairs may wear down and become shorter with use, though this can take many years. The hairs might also get too floppy and weak to be able to use the brush.
It can depend on how vigorously the brush is used. The harder the brush is treated, the quicker it will wear out. And obviously how often the brush is used in shaving. If you are shaving daily, or alternating between different brushes, or only shaving weekly will have a huge impact.
It’s not at all unusual for a new shaving brush to shed hairs the first few times it is used. But a poor quality brush will continue to shed hair and eventually that will affect the quality of the brush.
When a shaving brush starts to wear out you will notice it takes longer and longer to work up a lather. It will feel different against your face – the bristles will feel less stiff, for instance. You might notice a lot of shedding, or that the bristles start to splay out or are getting shorter.
This will affect your shave but everyone has a different tolerance. One person might want to replace their brush as soon as it shows the smallest sign of wearing out, others won’t mind a little decrease in performance, or not even notice for a long time.
You can prevent your brush from wearing out by giving it a good rinse after every shave to get all the excess lather off. Then place or hang it somewhere with a bit of airflow to help the brush dry out – so ideally not in a closed cabinet. You can give it a wash once a month or every few months to help it stay in tip-top condition.
Top things to look for when choosing a shaving brush: Bristles
The main event of the shaving brush is the bristles. You’ve got plenty of choice here, from the rugged boar hair, the softest badger hair and horsehair somewhere in between. Don’t discount synthetics either! They are better than ever and cruelty-free.
Badger hair bristles are the most common for shaving brushes, especially for men that are just starting out. Within badger hair there are four different types:
Silver tip – the softest bristles
A good synthetic shaving brush can be indistinguishable from a badger brush. Out of concern for animal cruelty and unethical practices a lot of people choose synthetic bristles instead. They also tend to be cheaper and longer lasting than animal hair brushes.
Boar bristles are tough and vigorous. They get the soap into a good lather but can feel a bit too coarse for many people.
Horsehair isn’t so popular nowadays. It is softer than boar hair but tougher than badger.
Shaving brush handles
Brushes differ by their “loft” – the length of the brushes – and the “knot” – the diameter. This affects the size and shape of the handle. This is mostly a matter of personal preference. The handle should be easy to hold and maneuver. It should feel good in your hand.
The handles are made out of various materials, commonly horn, wood, metal or synthetic.
Shaving brush prices
Prices for a shaving brush can range from a few pounds to the hundreds. A silver tip badger brush will command the highest prices as a high luxury item. But you don’t have to shell out over a hundred pounds to get a great shaving experience.
A synthetic shaving brush from PimplePopper combines a great price with quality and durability.
It’s become trendy to use a shaving brush. We’re moving on from a purely convenient, functional shave. It’s a retro throwback to our grandfather’s pride mixed with a modern treat yo’self aesthetic. But do shaving brushes make a difference, really, to your shave? Or is this just a marketing ploy, or a new bit of effort to spend money and time on?
The reason shaving brushes have become so popular is that they really do make a difference to your shave, and your day. Men have been enjoying a much closer, easier and more satisfying shave with less irritation since starting to use a shaving brush. And it doesn’t hurt that it makes you feel like a very dapper gent.
But why do shaving brushes make a difference?
It’s not exactly the science bit, but there are plenty of reasons shaving brushes make a big difference to your shave. Rather than just slapping on some shaving foam, taking a moment to stir up a good lather with a shaving brush results in a whole new level of shaving.
The bristles of the brush pump up your skin, like giving it a little exfoliation. It gets a freshening up and at the same time the bristles of your brush prep the bristles on your face. Lifting them up and scrubbing off some dead skin means less ingrown hair. Softening up your stubble means a smoother shave with less irritation so the razor can slice right through. And because the hairs have been shook up and swirled around by your brush the razor can catch more of them and cut much closer.
But isn’t this expensive and time consuming? Actually, it doesn’t take long just to add a moment of lathering up with a shaving brush, compared to the difference it makes. And it doesn’t have to be expensive. Our shaving brushes are great value and long lasting.
Once you give it a go and see how much of a difference shaving brushes make you won’t go back. Enjoying that smooth, close shave with better looking skin and less irritation. You’ll wonder why you didn’t make the switch earlier.
The blackhead spot is a common scourge to clear skin and something that pretty much everyone has experienced at some point, if not daily. But despite being so widespread there is a lot of misinformation and myths about them.
The most common blackhead myth: blackheads are made of dirt
This is such a common belief, but totally wrong. Blackheads are actually made of oil and some bacteria – which everyone has on their face, clean or dirty. This gets clogged up in the pores. When the pore is open to the air it reacts with oxygen – oxidises – and gets a dark colouring. When you actually remove a blackhead you can see it is a much paler, oily colour.
Keeping the oil levels on your face down can help combat a blackhead but that’s not the same as dirty. People’s natural level of oil and areas affected are different.
Myth 2: Shrinking your pores
You have pores all over your body, they are an essential part of skin. There’s no getting rid of them – or shrinking them. Products that talk about shrinking pores can’t do anything physical – pores just are. You can minimise the look of them though, which is different but achieves the same effect.
Myth 3: Spots are for teenagers
Acne and whiteheads are more common in teenagers because of all the hormones but they, as well as blackheads, are common in adults too. And kids are starting with spots earlier now, due to puberty beginning earlier on average.
Myth 4: You can just squeeze a blackhead away
It’s not as simple as that. Squeezing a blackhead with your fingers is a recipe for trouble. You can accidentally push the blackhead further in, introduce new bacteria and germs from your fingers and cause swelling, redness and inflammation.
Instead, you should use a proper pimple popper, or comedone extractor, to take care of that blackhead in the most hygienic, easiest way.
Nail files symbolise a certain sort of elegance or pampering. A woman reclining with a cocktail, having her nails filed. Or a comfy night in, a fun film on the TV and you have a little pamper with a nice cup of tea.
So here are the ingredients for your perfect pamper party
To start off with, give your nails a good clean. Our wooden nail brush has flexible bristles that feel soft but will give you a good clean. And they come in a pack of two, so you can have one for normal dirt and keep one for your special relaxation time. Soak your hands for a minute or two first. You can use a little bubble bath or similar, or a drop of an essential oil.
Nail clippers are essential, for that initial trim and tidy up. However you like to do your nails, keeping them trimmed and tidy helps prevent snags and breakages. Having had a little soak will make the nails easier to cut and make sure you use strong, sharp clippers.
Black head removal really can be easy and quick. You can do it without swelling and redness or risking infection. You just need the right black head removal tool.
That tool is a comedone extractor – also known as a pimple popper. It’s the safe, hygienic, easy and fuss free way to deal with your black heads.
If you squeeze your spots with your fingers then you really need to get a pimple popper. Using your fingers is unhygienic and risks infection. Ever had a black head get worse after squeezing, not better? Did it turn into a large, painful, swollen white head? That will be because dirt and bacteria from your fingers got into the skin through the wound left by the black head. Trying to deal with this infection caused the white head.
At best, squeezing your black heads with your fingers leaves your skin red, sore, irritated, puffy and swollen. You have to hide yourself away for hours until the redness goes down, or add lots of makeup. Fingers are too large and inaccurate – as well as too dirty – to do a proper job of squeezing spots.
Which is why you need a proper pimple popper. Well constructed and strong, using stainless steel, it is the right tool for the job. At either end is a loop – one larger and one smaller. Choose the best size for the spot in question. Black heads tend to be smaller so you will probably want the smaller end. Place it over the spot and apply a firm, even, but gentle pressure.
Then you can wash your pimple popper and pop it away for next time – keeping it safe and clean. Your skin won’t be all red and swollen. The wound will be safe from infection. And you can get on with your day after a successful and easy black head removal.
Fluffy little cotton wool balls might not look too exciting or multifunctional. But their cloud-like appearance hides a multitude of uses.
The many amazing uses of cotton wool balls
Cotton wool balls, like their unsung friends the ear buds, are so versatile. Some people prefer cotton pads but it’s worth having some cotton wool balls around too.
The balls have a loose, open texture. So they are great at holding liquids. Toners, cleansers, nail varnish remover – all liquids work great with cotton balls.
For the same reason they are also great at cleaning up messes.
There’s lots of first aid uses for cotton wool balls too. Wipe away blood or put pressure on a little cut. Dab on antiseptic or clean up a messy area. It’s definitely having a few cotton balls tucked away with your plasters.
They are so soft they are lovely to use for babies as well. Clean between little fingers and toes or hygienically apply cream. Throw a few cotton balls in the nappy changing bag and you won’t regret it.
It’s much easier to pull a ball apart if you only need a smaller amount of cotton wool. Or you can pack a few in together for a bigger ball.
They also work great all around the house. For gentle cleaning or getting into tough to reach areas. Applying spot treatment or buffing up a polish. Rubbed in a petroleum jelly they even work great on the barbecue as cheap fire starters.
Whatever you use them for, PimplePopper has a great value large 100 pack of cotton wool balls.