At the opposite end of things to the 'Post Shave Minefield' topic I started recently, I have started to think more about what happens pre-shave, which I gather can be near enough as important as the shave itself. Given that I have sensitive / easily irritated skin, anything I can do to better prepare my skin for a shave will help me a lot. Aside from your hot shower / bath, what else (if anything) do you do to your face before applying your soap / cream? I am interested to see what combination of the following people have found to work for them: Face wash Face scrub Pre shave lotion Pre shave oil I've just used a sample of Edwin Jagger Hydrating Pre-Shave Lotion which came with my DE89 and I was quite impressed with the results, though couldn't quite make up my mind if I like my face feeling like I'm in the arctic due to the menthol in it. It was also my first DE89 shave though, so perhaps introducing another variable at the same time was a bit silly. The shave was superb but until I do it without the lotion I suppose I won't know how much of a difference it made or if it was simply the change to the DE89 itself that made the shave so good.