Skin Care Tips

Get Healthy Skin: 3 Habits to Break

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Is your skin as soft and healthy as you'd like? You may be sabotaging it without even knowing! Here, how to avoid three common habits that can wreak havoc on your skin.

Bad Habit #1: You dry shave Shaving legs or underarms dry can cause irritation, ingrown hairs, and razor burn. To nurture skin, soften it in the shower for about 10 minutes. Then apply a layer of shaving cream (not soap, which will dull the razor and invite cuts) and shave in long strokes. Slather on body lotion post-shower.

Bad Habit #2: You ignore incidental sun exposure Sure, walking from your car to the office in the sun may not be as damaging as spending hours baking on the beach. But just a few minutes of exposure here and there can bring on wrinkles just the same. Wear a daily SPF lotion formulated for the face. Brands such as Clinique and Neutrogena make versions that work well under makeup.

Bad Habit #3: You avoid exfoliation A buildup of dead skin cells can cause itchiness and rashes, especially in unpredictable or dry weather. Scrub daily with a puff, a loofah, or a grainy exfoliator to help sweep rough skin away. Afterward, use moisturizer to lock in softness.

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