I am a huge fan of the towel technique. Here's what I do. I warm up the towel in the sink. Whip up some lather. Slather it on. Then wrap the towel on the face over the lather. I lean my back against the wall and veg out. The leaning helps to alleviate the craned neck you get from standing there trying to balance a towel on your head. I shoot for a min. 3 minutes. This one step in my prep has made a major positive impact in my shaves.
[I]When 900 years you reach, look as good, you will not.[/I]