It’s best to start by taking a nice, long shower before shaving -- or at least rinsing your face with warm water. This helps to hydrate and soften your hair follicles, before shaving.
Once the prep is done, apply a thin layer of our shave cream or shave gel. The amount needed will vary based on how much stubble you have. Let the cream or gel sit on your face for a minute or two to further soften your hair, and then get to shaving.