Arguably the most important part of the male shaving routine is in the preparation. This means properly lathering the beard with a pre- shave oil prior to shaving. In doing this you will both soften the skin and hair follicles, allowing for easier removal of the hair and ultimately having a closer, cleaner shave. A great tip when prepping is to have a warm shower first. This will open up your pores, also softening the hair.