First and foremost, I heat the soap and brush by placing them in hot water while I shower. I use conditioner on my face to soften the beard, then wash it with Art of Shaving Peppermint Face Wash.
Getting out of the shower, I dry off (not my face) and reheat the soap dish/brush. Then I apply a hot washcloth to my face and soak it for a few minutes.
|Not my mirror. Not me in the mirror. I don't have a decent camera or camera skillls at the moment, so this will have to do.|
After that I begin lathering the soap and apply it to my face.
Now the shaving begins.
I learned quickly not to use hot water to rinse the razor, since it's all metal head heats up fast. Warm water is good.
First I shave with the grain, then re-lather and go across the grain, then re-lather and go against the grain.
Afterwords I rinse my face thoroughly, splash it with cold water to close the pores, and use a toner, after shave balm (on areas I shave), moisturizer (on areas I don't shave), then apply a styptic pencil to any nicks I have. If I think of it (I should more often), I apply a little bit of lip balm at this point. Usually I forget.
A little splash of Clubman Bay Rum, if I'm in the mood, or maybe some Michael Jordan, and I'm done.