After You have finished using the razor and rinsing off the excess shaving soap with cold water. It is inspection time, look around and see if you nicked the skin at all or have gotten a little to aggressive going against the grain of the hair. A dull blade is worse for this than a new blade at also letting you technique slip you will be more prone to a nick. A piece of toilet paper or tissue is not the way to go. The Alum Block from Maggard Razor is what I purchased when I started collecting my tool set. It is a .95 gram block approx 2.5 inches long x 1.75 inches wide and 1 inch thick. This will probably last several years and does an excellent job of stopping any bleeding. It comes in its own clear plastic box that is easily opened and closed. The directions on the box say to wet the block and rub over freshly shaven area, rinse after 30 seconds and apply other aftershave products as normal. I follow the directions but if I have a nick I will hold it on the spot for a few seconds and pay a little more attention to that area. let the alum block set just a few seconds before rinsing so it can help heal the area, then proceed as normal. If you are a douser with the after shave especially if it is alcohol based that you will want to be extra careful around your cuts.