I'm new to DE shaving (about 2 weeks). I bought a 'starter kit' from a member here. He gave me a great deal and I'm very thankful, but... I continue to get irritation after almost every shave. (I think there was 1 time I didn't) I'm sure some of it is the need for practice. I came from a Schick Hydro 3 and have to remember not to use pressure. But I'm wondering if there are any other suggestions, possibly of a different razor or soap.
I've been using a Merkur 34c, so far with Shark Super Stainless and Astra Superior Platinum blades. I also have some Derby's, Feathers and Red Personna's that I haven't tried yet.
I use Proraso Pre/Post-Shave and let it sit on my face for a few minutes. I've used Proraso Shaving cream (tube) so far. I have a puck of Van der Hagen glycerin shave soap that I haven't tried yet. I finish up with Nivea Revitalizing Double Action balm. I used the Proraso Pre/Post following my shave one day, but it left my face dry. Oh, I also shave before my shower. I'd prefer to keep it that way if possible.
Part of me is hoping I'll be told this is an aggressive razor and I should learn on something else. That would justify another one! But seriously, I want some tips to make the hours after my shave as enjoyable as the shave itself.