First let me start off with some background information. I'm 27 living in Jacksonville, FL. For years I used your typical multi blade razor which would tear up my face leaving me with lots of irritation, razor burn, and ingrown hairs. When I started college, I decided to try electric razors. The rotary razors did a good job of shaving, but still left me with all the irritation. I then switched to a Braun 360 which I have still continued to use to this day. The shave is comfortable, however, it doesn't get all the hair meaning I have to go back over it with a razor thus leading to irritation. The irritation has been greatly reduced compared to just a blade shave. All of this has led me to shave once every 5-7 days. While I don't plan on shaving every night and I don't mind a little bit of scruff, I would like to be able shave more often without fear or irritation.
I recently decided that I would try the bump fighter razor. It seemed like the perfect fit. I used my beard trimmer to remove the excess growth and then shaved without an issue. The shave was close enough for me and my skin didn't feel irritated. I followed it up with tend skin over the next few days and only noticed very slight irritation on my neck. I also haven't noticed any ingrown hairs. Well last night was shave two (three days since the first shave) and the shave was bad. The hair closeness was patchy and I had several nicks on my neck (most likely my fault from pressing too hard). I had to go over it with the back edge of my razor to at least get it even. My neck felt irritated and now I'm concerned over the next few days I will have razor burn.
And then this morning I stumbled upon this article http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/688684.../#.T6E0NdlhjwA.
It peaked my interest and I want to pursue this further, but I have no idea where to begin.
I believe I have sensitive skin and know i am prone to razor burn, irritation, and at times ingrown hairs. I can typically grow a beard within 5-7 days, but I wouldn't call it overly thick or thin, somewhere in the middle. I usually trim my beard with a beard trimmer at the lowest setting without any guard before shaving.
For now, I'm looking for something that will give me a good shave without any of the irritation. What razor should I start with? What blade or blades? What type of brush? What type of shaving cream/soap? What type of after shave (I just started to use tend skin and neutrogena razor defense lotion)? Is there anything I'm missing?
Any and all help and advice is greatly appreciated. I'm ready to take the plunge. I'm happy to provide any additional information that might be needed. Thanks.