With very warm water, wet your face and a washcloth. Lightly soap the washcloth and with slight pressure, glide the cloth upward against the growth of hair on your face, starting at the lower neck and moving up. This will make your beard stand up for easier shaving. Rinse, DO NOT USE EXTREMELY HOT WATER, because this is drying to the skin and damaging to your pores. Rinse off the washcloth and wring it out, then place it on the areas you will be shaving, like the face and neck. Hold it in place for 1-2 minutes. Doing all of this will help guard against razor burn by softening the hairs.