1. You’re not shaving before you shave
No, you’re not having a stroke, I just said “shave before you shave.” This is a lot less complicated than it sounds and should only be used in specific situations. If you have a big bushy beard, it’s going to be impossible to shave with a manual razor.
So, before you start anything, buzz off your beard with an electric razor until you essentially have a five o’clock shadow. It will dramatically decrease that uncomfortable “tug and pull” feeling you can from shaving and lead to a way cleaner shave.
2. You’re not washing your face before you shave
The best time to shave is right after a shower.
If you’re going to use water as a means to soften your whiskers, you need to have enough of it to let the hair soak it up. Jon suggests taking an extra two minutes in the shower to stand under the showerhead and let the water rinse your face. As if two extra minutes in the shower isn’t the best way to start your morning.