Hello. I am about 2 weeks into discovering DE wet shaving after years and years of electrics and dry shaving irritation. 31(ish), using a Merkur Futur, Trumpers Lime, either Wilkinson Sword or Tesco blades (I have yet to try any others though the Tesco ones have left me a little 'lumpy' tonight), and a nice badger brush.
After a bit of a lurk here and there I have tried pre and post-shower shaving, washing pre-shave to exfoliate and also hot towels as prep. Personally, the best shave to date as come from a WS blade and a hot towel pre-shower. This evening -as noted above- I went with a fresh Tesco blade, post-shower and have left my neck a bit red plus a couple of nicks. Though over the past 2 weeks there has been improvement in 'rawness' and bloodletting. Which is a bonus!
What is there to say apart from that? Cheeks are the smoothest they've been in years and there are patches on the neck which need attention. From what I have read so far, I'm not the only one
With post-shave I have found that a pure aloe vera gel cools the worst areas, though it does dry on like a second skin if you slap it on too thick...
Right, off to absorb more shaving knowledge, but thought I'd say a quick hello.