I'm a 21-year-old male and I notice that no matter what I do, I can still see facial hair whether I shave or not. For the first few years of shaving, I relied on a Norelco 8894. However in the recent past I have decided that it does not do a very good job (despite replacing the blades) so I decided manual was the way to go. But still, I cannot get a close shave. I use shaving cream, of course, and I use a Gillete Sensor Excel razor (I have tried a variety, Schick Titanium, Gillete Mach III, etc.). I have tried in the shower (so that my skin is wet) and out of the shower - no difference. The skin feels mostly smooth to the touch but I can still see darkness in the areas and it looks very unprofessional. Sometimes people comment, saying things like "are you growing a mustache" or if I ask if it looks like I have shaved they will say "no". I thought maybe I was not applying enough pressure, but if I add more pressure then I get nicks and cuts. I have tried shaving in multiple directions (with / against the grain) - no change. So I ask, what am I missing? I did not think shaving was a terribly complex operation and yet I cannot seem to master it. Does anyone have any tips for how to get a super-close shave?