Great article, thanks for sharing!
These days I just wash my face thoroughly for a couple of minutes. It seems to give the same result as when I did 10 minutes of prep.Three minutes with a towel is a lot. Research--much cited in B&B threads--shows that the beard reaches maximum softness with about three minutes of exposure to water, which includes washing and lathering your face. After a shower I--if there's time--do 30-60 seconds with a wash cloth, which I think is more for relaxation and the ritual rather than further beard softening or skin care. When I skip the wash cloth I don't notice any difference in the shave quality. YMMV.
Yes indeed -- though I usually run about 2.5 minutes. I go into the bedroom and make the bed, and then set out my shoes and clothes for the day, making sure I don't get any cream or soap on them. That fills up a good 2-3 minutes right there.Good thread! What hit me the most is not to overlook waiting that looooong 3 minutes for those hairs to soften up prior to the shave.