I read an article on "how to get that perfect shave" a couple weeks ago, when it was linked to from digg. The article starts out bad; for example, the subtitle is "Latest trends and products to avoid those nicks and cuts". Normally I'd skip on to the next advertisement posing as news, but I kept reading it.
He explains how you need a badger hair shaving brush. Mkay... And a certain kind of shaving cream. A high quality double-edge razor. A lot of the stuff sounds like, yeah maybe in theory that sounds good, but I'm not sure if I'd actually do that. But I did take his advice on putting hot water on your face for a couple minutes (like at the end of my shower), and instead of using a badger hair brush I at least make sure to rub the shaving lather into my face very well.
It actually works. I used to shave my face really quickly, taking a lot of little quick strokes, and my face was always cut up afterward. It doesn't matter how many blades your razor has (I saw one advertised as having five blades the other day - hahah). But now I get my face really hot with wet water, lather it well (not just slap it on), and run the razor (still just a cheap disposable one, though I'm thinking of getting a double-edge razor now) really slowly across your skin. You can almost hear each individual hair getting cut off, but at the same time the hairs aren't as stiff. My face is really smooth now, like a supermodel will want to caress it I'm sure; and no nicks, and my complexion is a lot better.
Blogs are supposed to be inane and banal,
so there you go.