We're going to gross you out just a little bit here. Ready? We shed about 600,000 particles of skin every hour. How's that for getting you in the mood? That uppermost layer, the "dead layer" is called the stratum corneum, and it's one reason ingrowns are such a pesky experience. If we don't help it along by exfoliating, those dead skin cells can trap hair underneath the uppermost layer, the epidermis. At worst they can get infected, at best they could just use a boost. That boost can be done by a light exfoliation, if not daily, try for 3 times a week.
Not only does it help to move those dead cells along, when done right before shaving, it also helps to lift the hairs up so the razor catches them all. Oui call it No Hair Left Behind. Use a washcloth if your skin is extra sensitive, a hydrating scrub if it's extra dry. With a little self-care, every day is Valentine's Day. Ok, that was cheesy...but it's true!