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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.

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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 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.)

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

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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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You're Obsessed with Lather

Soaps that lather like crazy may have lots of detergents (such as sodium laurel sulfate), which can be irritating to the skin, says Dr. 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 Dr. 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. (You may want to avoid the extra lather when it comes to your shampoo habits as well, as it may be one of the hair-washing mistakes you could be making.)

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