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Old 01-03-2012, 02:28 AM   #851
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I use the alum block after shaving and washing my face with cold water. Then I rinse the block with the cold water and rub on my face. First pass stings a little, but I feel that the block tightens up your face and stops bleeding very well. Any weepers, I hold the block to it for a few seconds, works awesome at stopping bleeding.

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Old 01-03-2012, 11:07 AM   #852
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Got some razor burn this morning on the second shave with the Shark blade. Didn't feel anything close to the first shave.

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Old 01-03-2012, 02:43 PM   #853
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Witch Hazel is an astringent. It caused the pores to close and caused any weeper to close as well. But, it can be drying too. To solve for this many of us add some scented oils (meant to be like a cologne) to reduce the medicinal smell and help re-hydrate the skin.

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Old 01-03-2012, 03:34 PM   #854
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Witch Hazel is an astringent. It caused the pores to close and caused any weeper to close as well. But, it can be drying too. To solve for this many of us add some scented oils (meant to be like a cologne) to reduce the medicinal smell and help re-hydrate the skin.
That's interesting, Gila. You mix the oils with the witch hazel?

What I've been doing is: 1) rinse face, 2) splash on a generous amount of witch hazel, 3) go about my business, toothbrushing, dressing, etc., and 4) after the witch hazel has had a chance to do its job, put on some moisturizer to counteract the drying.
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Old 01-03-2012, 03:37 PM   #855
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That's interesting, Gila. You mix the oils with the witch hazel?

What I've been doing is: 1) rinse face, 2) splash on a generous amount of witch hazel, 3) go about my business, toothbrushing, dressing, etc., and 4) after the witch hazel has had a chance to do its job, put on some moisturizer to counteract the drying.

Ayup. Pour it right into the bottle of witch hazel. Shake the bottle before I pour some into my hand for a splash. I use an herbal oil my wife got from Bath and Body works.

Another thing that I have found that helps is to add 2 or 3 drops of Olive Oil to your lather mug. Not only does this add to the foam but it also helos to moisten the skin and lubricate even more of the skin surface while you shave.

I have found the OO to be better than Glycerin.
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:55 AM   #856
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EVOO or just OO?

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Old 01-04-2012, 02:48 AM   #857
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I think he's referring to the olive oil. I use the witch hazel, but with a cotton ball. Never splashed it on from my hands.
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Old 01-07-2012, 04:30 PM   #858
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I've been trying to make a nice thick lather, use short strokes, good angle, go WTG, XTG then ATG and lathering each time.
My cheeks (where I'm not sensitive comes out great), but my neck is usually a mess. I've found that to get the close shave I have to go ATG and I cant seem to manage it without razor burn and a nick or two.

Until I my sample pack gets in, I'm using the Merkur Platinum blades that came with my set.

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Old 01-08-2012, 10:45 PM   #859
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Those blades leave a lot to be desired...

I know I can get close to great on my neck but never BBS. Just too much irritation. My face and most of neck turn out great, just around my throat, I can't get super close. I still end up better off than a Mach3.

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Old 01-08-2012, 10:56 PM   #860
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I liked the merkur blades when I still used my DE, I thought they were good. But blades are a VERY subjective thing, they differ from person to person, and beard to beard.

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