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I'm about to hit 21, so my beard is starting to sprout in kinda thick. What shaving method do the rest of you guys use. I first started with the cheap disposable razors, but its like using sand paper. Bumps, in-grown hairs, knicks and irritation. I started using the mach 3. Its a little better, no cuts, less irritation and alot less bumps.

My question is what is the best/good way to shave to get that baby smooth face without the drawbacks. Wet/dry shave, electric shaving, dual edge razors, or hair removing cream. I been looking at going the old fashion way and using dual edge razor with a badger brush and a good shaving cream. I never been a fan of electric shavers but I'm willing to try. I dont want to spend no more than $50 for one. And what about after shave, or would some lotion do the job.
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You can't get any more off topic then this for this forum! LOL :D

But since you're asking for opinions...

Gillette Fusion (has 5 blades on the shaving side)

Edge Gel (or any high quality gel)

With the Gillette Fusion, I only have to replace the blade once every 6 months.
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If you want the ultimate in smoothness in terms of shaving, I would recommend all natural whipped Shea Butter...
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I been wanting to get off the canned shaving gel. But I figured I might as well use it since it aint running out anytime soon. But I'm going to look into the gillette fusion and a good shaving cream.
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Lol... is this what the forum has come to?

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Something I recently learned from my older (by 2 years) brother when I went home for my mother's funeral was that, if you use a disposable razor, you'll want to make sure you use cold water to rinse it off, as you go along. Why the cold water in the sink, instead of hot? Hot water will warp the aluminum blades that are now being used in disposable razors. Cold water will not.

I read in Consumer Reports, quite some time ago, that disposable razors are just as good as the more expensive, blade cartridge-replaceable razors. You should get about 13 shaves from a typical disposable razor.

I, personally, use Gillette CustomPlus razors. They've got a pivoting head, soft, comfortable grip, two blades and a lubricating strip (Aloe & Vitamin E). You might want to try several types of disposable razors until you find one that you're comfortable using.

So... first rinse your face with hot water (or place a hot wash cloth over the area to be shaved for a while), then fill the sink with cold water (no need to leave the faucet running while shaving - such a waste of water), lather up, let it sit about a minute and then shave, taking time, after each pass, to rinse the razor off in the cold water.

Better yet, if you have the nerves, learn how to use a straight razor. They're not just for slasher movies, you know.

A few articles you might want to read:

Saving Face - The New York Times (September 16, 1990)

How to Shave Your Face Without the Irritation - Associated Content (Mar 05, 2006)

Wet Shaving - From Wikipedia

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Despite the introduction of more and more blades, reviewers accuse giants like Gillette and Schick of taking advantage of consumers' gullibility, maintaining that three (or even two) blades are all you need for a reasonably close (and reasonably cheap) shave. The latest trick up the manufacturers' sleeves is incorporating a battery into these razors -- hence the Gillette M3 Power (*Est. $14), the Fusion Power (*Est. $12) and the Schick Quattro Power (*Est. $13). We didn't find any reviewer that preferred these vibrating razors to their cheaper manual counterparts.
Razors Reviews - ConsumerSearch.com (Updated April 2008)

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Back in my undergrad days, a prof showed us photomicrographs of a razor edge with tiny mineral crystals on it. He said the crystals were the reason for "razor burn," as they created an irregular edge.

He said the way to avoid it was to rinse the blade in COLD water only, dunking it in alcohol immediately after rinsing for the last time and placing it to dry with the edges facing up. He said that the old "razor strop" was just a way of clearing the crystals off the edge of a straight razor.

I've been using his technique for many years. It worked with the older stainless blades, but works even better with the newer ones. I routinely get fifteen to twenty really good shaves out of one blade
Corrosion engineering - Keep razor blades sharp

And there's always sites like Youtube.com.
I like this video - How To Shave like a Pro, which somewhat backs up the steps that Modee outlined, above.
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You can't get any more off topic then this for this forum! LOL :D

But since you're asking for opinions...

Gillette Fusion (has 5 blades on the shaving side)

Edge Gel (or any high quality gel)

With the Gillette Fusion, I only have to replace the blade once every 6 months.
yeah I only cut myself once but that was like out of 4 months of using it.
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Modee that's some good tips there man. Do you do all that which you stated?
How long does that razor last?
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Wow! You take care of yourself a lot. Your like my grandpa he tends to himself a couple hours a day and he looks like he's 75 rather than 82.

How much does each replacement blade cost?
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That's a pretty good price.

Two factors make anybody look young: happiness and money.
I'm pretty sure you got both covered buddy.
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The full regimen involves proper diet, supplements, exercise, staying out of the sun...no smoking, no drinking, no drugs...
No drugs, darn, what else is there for young folks to do then? Seriously, I can do the no drugs and no smoking part but my diet consists of mcdonalds.
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my diet consists of mcdonalds.
That's funny, man! Made me laugh!
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