Preparation in life is everything.
First get your blade loaded - we recommend Shark for sensitive skin and Feather for a super-close shave, or very thick stubble. Pop your razor and brush in the sink.
Put on some music and fill up the sink with piping hot water. Wet your flannel and hold it to your face to really get your skin warmed up, then rub to exfoliate. NB always shower before you shave, not after - this gives your face even longer to prep for the upcoming de-bearding.