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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 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.

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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 Bailey. Instead of a fast (and rough) wipe down, gently pat dry your skin after the shower.

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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 Bailey. The result: dry, chapped, and vulnerable skin.

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You Don't Swap Your Loofah Regularly

The purpose of the shower is to get clean, not dirtier. But if your loofah has been hanging around for months, or you've been washing with the same washcloth for weeks, getting filthy is exactly what you're doing. "If you don't change your loofah, shower sponge, or washcloth often enough, these items will harbor and then transport bacteria and yeast all over your skin, possibly causing infections," says Bailey. Letting it hang in that warm and moist environment is just asking for an overload of yeast, bacteria, and mold. Instead, take it out of the bathroom and hang it elsewhere to dry. 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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You're Obsessed with Lather

If you're under the assumption that more is better when it comes to either lather or the actual amount of soap you need, think again. Soaps that produce tons of lather may have lots of detergents (such as sodium laurel sulfate), which can be irritating to the skin, says Jaliman. You can get just as clean with a less sudsy soap. And it's not necessary to use a huge heaping mound of body wash either. "Cleansing agents are meant to be used in approximately a quarter to silver dollar-sized dollop," says Palm. Using too much is not only tougher on your wallet, but it also leads to greater concentrations of soap on the skin, increasing the chance of irritation and dryness, she adds.

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