Well there was another thread on shaving bumps and much good advice banding around I thought I would start a dedicated shaving thread. Years ago I taught a young lad in my division to shave as he come from a single mum household and no man had ever taught him to shave. So my advice for newbies or some shared ideas for the more mature men. By the way shaving is the kind of thing that only you can tell if it works so these are just my thoughts. Shower. Gets the face warmed up and helps lift the beard (the little bristles). I tend to use a good quality face scrub (recommend Niva refreshing face scrub) every few days to help clear the dead skin and help clear the face. It helps stop ingrowing hairs. Next is the shave. I will go through my routine but you can adapt it as you need. Hot water. I soak the razor blade and strop it (by this I mean run it along my inner arm against the cutting edge. This removes the small imperfections on the blade and helps it remain sharp. I use one Mach 3 blade per month on this routine.). Then using either cream or soap (I use cream as I have sensitive skin but again personal preference) and a good quality badger hair brush work up a leather. I have a small bowl for this. If you follow the link at the end you can spend way too much. Any little soap disk works just as well. Lather the face, if using a brush paint the lather on up and down, circler motion will degrade the hairs in the brush. The act of brushing the lather on lifts the beard and makes shaving so much better. Then you shave with the grain of your beard. Not all your face is the same, for example I shave upwards on the bottom of my neck but downwards on my chin. It is the way that your hairs grow. I If you shave against the grain you lift the hair and damage the roots. This leads to razor burn, bumps and infection. Rinse you face with cold water when done, this helps seal the pores and tighten the skin. I use a block of Alum to seal any cuts and to help freshen the face. If you find you get cuts then a Styptic pencil from Boots or the like helps. Then some form of after saving balm. Leave for at least 10 mins before splashing on the after shave and it won't hurt so much. I use a Kent BK12 shaving brush, Mach 3 blade when in a hurry but prefer my Edwin Jager double edge razor and D R Harries Arlington Shaving Cream. Additionally Gentleman's Shop Block of Alum and Edwin Jagger After balm (Sea Buckthorn). Can recommend here for all your needs The Gentlemans Shop And here for advice The Shaving Room • Index page Well the floor is open. ANy thoughts????