ARGH! MY FACE IT BURNS! :crying:
Alright... so I've been wetshaving since March of this year and I think I've forgotten a step or something because the most recent shaves have been hit or miss. I'll get the occasional good one but most end up rough, red and breaking out. It's gotten to the point where if I shave I pretty much can't again for at least a couple days to let the skin heal.
The problem arose over the summer as I had to move 3 times (I finished my degree in Ottawa so I moved back to Vancouver with my family who was in the process of moving the family home and then finally moving to Japan to join my fiancee teaching English there). With all that moving and a job that doesn't require me to be clean shaven I let shaving fall out of my daily routine (sad, I know). Anyways, now that I'm in Japan and about to start a new job, I need to fix my shaving conundrum yesterday.
I've used quite an array over products, but drastically narrowed down my kit since the move to Japan had to be light (everything for one year had to fit into two 50lb suitcases).
Razor: Merkur HD
Blades: either Feather or Israeli Personna
Pre: Proraso Pre/Post or Kiehl's shaving oil
Creams: Proraso, Florena sensitive, Trumper's Lime.
Soaps: Tabac, C&E Nomad, TSD Lavender
After: Jack Black Post shave gel, Kiehl's Razor bump eliminator, Proraso pre/post
I ONLY shave after a hot shower, washing my face thoroughly (body shop Manca root face wash), leaving the bathroom hot and steamy (Japanese bathrooms are TINY so this is easy). slap on some Proraso pre/post. Whip up a nice lather and then do the four pass shave (down, side, other side, up). Cold water rinse and some sort of after-shave balm...
Going against the grain has always been a bit rough for me. The only blade that cuts my stubble going against the grain easily is the feather and even then only during the blade's first shave. Any other blades (including the IPs, though they're tolerable) drag along the stubble, skipping and generally leaving my face red and awful. I have a feeling this is the root of my problem but I'm not sure how to deal with it. Today I tried pulling the skin taught and that only made it rougher as my face now feels burning and swollen. I'm not using any pressure at all, as demonstrated by the fact that I sometimes have patches left under my chin... but I dare not go back and try another pass.
I think I'm just cursed with really stiff stubble. If I don't go ATG than it leaves me looking like I shaved yesterday. I've been thinking of splurging on a slant razor, but now that I'm in Japan that's a major undertaking.
SO, does anyone have any suggestions? critiques? comments? Argh?
DE Wetshaving since St. Paddy's Day 2009! :thumbup: