After the beard is softened from the steam of a shower or a hot towel, dry your face and then apply a dime-size drop of oil to your fingers and work the oil through your beard area. I like to start from the neck up. Next step is to apply your shave cream with a badger hair brush. The lather of the shave cream has a lot of tiny air pockets in it and the oil “fills in the blanks” for complete skin coverage. Also, the combination of the water, pre-shave oil and shave cream causes the facial hair to swell. This enhances the cutting action and sometimes permits cutting the hairs deeper below the surface of the skin for a super close shave.
There are many pre-shave oils out there, but one of the classic shaving products that I like is Taylor of Old Bond Street Pre-Shave Aromatherapy. Taylor has a thicker consistency than some of the others and a very pleasant scent. I also like Truefitt and Hill Ultimate Comfort Pre-Shave Oil which has a lighter density and also smells great. Using a pre-shave oil is a must.