Thanks to the help of the posts in my previous thread, I've now got basics down for getting a less irritating shave. For a comparison, I even switched back to my old method of shaving (just ATG) this morning and I feel the difference (ouch!). Unfortunately, I'm still having trouble with two things:
1) I'm using The Art of Shaving's shaving cream that came in their starter kit. I'm having trouble with it being too watery as this seems to lead to a more irritated face. Sometimes I can get a nice lather, but when I go to apply more cream for a second (or third) pass it's watery again. I use an almond size drop of shaving cream and have tried various amounts of water. Should I just switch to a different brand of shaving cream?
2) I'm having trouble getting a close shave, mostly under my chin and along my jaw line. My three passes (WTG, XTG, ATG) seems to take off the visible hair, but running my hand across this area, it's clear there is still alot there. I either have to tilt my head down or stretch the skin in this area to get at the hair. It also requires multiple passes to pick it up, all of which cause major irritation.
What can I do to solve these two problems? BTW, i'm still using a (new) Mach3 until I sort out these issues.
I'm not sure if my prep matters, but I shave in the shower: I wash my face (with Dove soap) and before shaving, run hot water on it for 15-30 seconds. I then mix up my shaving cream, apply it with my brush and shave.
Thanks for the help every one!