Although not essential, a good pre-shave cream or oil is highly recommended as part of your daily shaving routine. The cream (or oil) prepares the skin for shaving, and provides a very pleasant feeling on the face. If you don't have time, or don't feel like putting a hot towel over your face, I recommend trying some of the many pre-shave products on the market.
Whether it is a cream or a pre-shave oil, the mode of use is the same:
1.- Wet your face with hot water. It is not just about washing your face, but giving yourself a little massage with the hot water to open your pores.
2.- Dry your face with a towel, but do not dry completely. Let the skin stay damp.
3.- Apply the pre-shave cream or oil and massage into the area to be shaved.
4.- Without removing the cream or oil, apply the shaving soap or foam with your hands or a brush. If you have applied oil, it is advisable not to use a brush, as it can remove the oil when you use it.
I use Proraso pre-shave cream. Proraso cream contains menthol and eucalyptus, which provides a very refreshing sensation. I recommend it, especially in summer.