I discovered wetshaving a week ago, and all throughout the week I couldn't help myself opening a tab and reading up on it. So I've just taken the plunge and bought all the kit needed (Merkur 34 blade, omega bristle brush, 10 derby mixed blades, proraso shaving cream, alum block).
I've been reading a ton and here's what I gather:
- Prep is extremely important.
- Be sure to get a good lather.
- Stick to my tools for at least a month before switching about. Focus on good technique.
- Take it slow & don't expect fast BBS results immediately.
I used to have bad acne as a teen, but now I use cleanser and BP cream to keep my skin clean. Without it, the acne returns in a week. My skin is uber sensitive - I'm the kind of person with bad hayfever, asthma, irritable eyes and sensitive skin that goes rough in winter. My plan in the beginning is not to shave too often (maybe once every 3 days) while my skin gets adjusted to it and I perfect my technique.
I have 2 questions:
- Is it better to keep my beard longer or to trim it using a beard trimmer first?
- Is cold or hot water better for a shave?
- Would you recommend that I try shaving a small part of my cheek the first few times, gradually expanding the area as my confidence grows?
Thanks for this awesome community and all the info out there. It's like a science :) I love science.