After a long week of expectation, I finally got my first DE and shaving supplies by mail today. My first shave went well, although the next time I shave I'm going to focus on my jawline, and thereafter my chin. Everything else feels so smooth and clean. Slow and steady, and eventually I'll get the hang of this. I probably spent a good 45 minutes this morning making sure I did everything as slowly and deliberately as possible this first time, taking the advice that many have posted on the threads here in the forum. For the first time, my neck isn't red and burning following a shave. Hallelujah!
Still, I wanted to ask a few questions regarding product use and maintenance. The first is about the brush; mine is a Vulfix Pure Badger. When preparing the brush for lathering, is it better to soak the brush or simply run it under water? Secondly, when drying the brush afterwards, should I simply turn it on its end after shaking it out, or does it need special maintenance?
I also have a question regarding creams. Do most members swirl the brush into the tub itself, or should one remove a portion of the cream for each use? I noticed that when I used it with the tub directly, it added water that remained behind. If cream is to be removed, should I put it in a bowl or put it directly on the brush? Also, what should I use to remove it and what amount? My tub also came with a plastic liner on top; can this be discarded?
As an after-shave balm, I use Taylor's skin food. If others use this, how long does it typically last? How much should one use. Seeing as these are luxury products (to me at least), I want to make sure that I'm frugal with them and that much isn't going to waste.
And finally, as for my DE, will it hurt if I just rest it on its side, seeing as I've yet to buy a stand, or is there a better way to store it?
Thanks for the advice.