I think it's surprising that we teach kids how to use a knife and fork, dress, wash and use the bathroom, but when it comes to putting a blade to their faces, lots of people think a kid can figure it out by themselves. There must be generations of men who experienced poor shaves for that reason and just thought it was part of becoming a man. My dad, who must have started shaving sometime in the early 60s, says he remembers lots of guys coming to work with bits of toilet paper stuck to their faces.
I'm glad I figured it out now, and even on the odd occasion where it doesn't go so well (nasty case of razor burn today) it pales into insignificance compared to the years of continually uncomfortable shaving experiences I had in the previous 14 years. Plus I know better how to minimise the discomfort of a poor shave.
Razors: English Gillette Tech
Cream: TOBS Shaving Shop, Proraso
Soap: TOBS Sandalwood, Wilkinson Sword
AS - "Noir", Old Spice
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