The choice between foam, cream soap or gel as your main shaving product is simply a case of personal preference.
If you’ve got a really thick beard, source products designed specifically for tough stubble instead of your run-of-the-mill shaving cream or gel. This will add more lubrication, increasing glide and reducing the likelihood of your shave turning into a B-movie bloodbath. Using a face scrub before shaving can also make those coarse hairs easier to cut.
Technique: To ensure a close shave, pull a patch of skin taut with one hand and, in one controlled movement, sweep the blade across the area, following the direction of the hair growth. Do not use small stuttered movements or continually scrape away at the same patch as this will only cause more irritation. If the shave is not close enough, re-lather the area and go over it again – this time you can go against the grain if absolutely necessary.