*Shaving Sorry for the Typo
I have been shaving for a few years (I'm early 20s) and have yet to really settle in on a good technique. For the past ±2 years, I've been using a Merker Safety Razor with Derby blades. Problem is, I still have a lot of issues with razor burn on my neck, as well as the closeness of the shave.
Soaps, Creams, Aftershaves
I've experimented on and off with different shaving creams/after shaves.
For the first few months, I had been using a pretty cheap shaving soap with a brush. It seemed to work well, but -- in terms of time -- was not ideal. Also, at that point I was shaving very infrequently (every 1-2 weeks).
I then started to use a typical over the counter aerosol shaving cream. This was great in terms of time, but not in terms of results. Nixed that.
I've now been using a brush-less cream from Kiehl's ("Green Eagle"). The shave itself is quite good, but I'm still getting some pretty intense razor burn. (I use it in tandem with Kiehl's "Razor Bump Relief").
One contributor to my razor burn is quite possibly my shaving technique. I know that it's supposed to be a big no-no, but I shave twice: once down, once up. I find that if I only shave down, I'm always left with a little stubble. If I really want a close shave, I have to lather up a second time and shave up. Because I shave only every couple of days, I want to get as much out of every shave as I can.
So the question for the experts out there, is what should I do?!
I've thought about going back to a solid soap and brush, but I'm not sure it would make a tremendous difference. Also, the time is certainly an issue.
The other thing I've thought about is switching to Feather blades. From what I've read in other threads, they're much sharper, which would perhaps solve my "two-way-shaving" problem. Maybe their sharpness would also alleviate some of the irritation?
Anyway, I seem to have written quite the essay. I appreciate any help/advice you can give me!