I use a hot wet Flannel (face cloth) folded diagonally twice for around 30 seconds. I them whip the lather so it's ready, do one more flannel treatment for another 30 secs then I splash water on my face so it's dripping juts before I apply the lather to my face.
[SIZE="1"]Ah... You can't beat the cold steel and the badger. All this electrical rubbish, little wheels spinning around all over the place for callow youths and peach fluff, Not for a man's beard. Razor blades for men! I think we'll have this on number 9. If you're going to have a shave have a close one!
Tony Hancock, The Bedsitter, 1961.[/SIZE]