Seemingly overnight, everyone started eating up the "nutritional perks" of açaí bowls. (Glowing skin! Super immunity! Superfood stud of social media!) But there might just be a hot purple health halo radiating from the trendy dish.
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You Wait to Moisturize
Don't take your time getting out the body lotion. "Apply a moisturizer within the first three minutes of toweling off," says Dr. Shainhouse. She recommends looking for products with ceramides (like CeraVe or Cetaphil Eczema Care) that help "fill in" any breaks in the skin barrier from dryness and irritation (or those exfoliants). This will help lock in the moisture from the shower.
You're Rough When Towel Drying
Just like scrubbing hard when you're bathing can cause irritation, rubbing skin too hard when drying off can cause inflammation and redness, says Dr. Bailey. Instead of a fast (and rough) wipe down, gently pat dry your skin after the shower. (And don't go wrapping your hair up in that towel either. It's one of the bad beauty habits you need to break right now.)
You Miss a Spot While Rinsing
You know when you're drying off and realize you missed a bit of soap behind your knee or ear when rinsing? Don't just wipe it away. Rinse the area again. Remember, soap dissolves oils—both on the surface of your skin and from inside the protective deep layers. "If you fail to completely rinse soap off your skin, it will keep dissolving the natural oils that are important for protecting it," says Dr. Bailey. The result: dry, chapped, and vulnerable skin.
Your Loofah Is Old
Letting your loofah hang in your warm, moist shower is just asking for an overload of yeast, bacteria, and mold. Instead, take it out of the bathroom and hang it elsewhere to dry. Dr. Palm recommends washing loofahs or other cleansing tools weekly. Then throw it out and replace it after three weeks (or sooner if it develops an odor or changes colors). As for washcloths, they're inexpensive and you likely have dozens. Use a clean one every time you shower.
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