3 Common Habits You Need To Nix This Summer

With summer right around the corner, it is important to protect our skin from the sun and take care of ourselves. But there may be some everyday habits you’re partaking in that just aren’t beneficial to your body. Check out the following harmful routines and easy ways to kick them in no time.

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1. You Use Your Towel To Rub Your Body Dry

Many of us are guilty of rubbing our bodies dry with our towels when we get out of the shower. The trouble with doing this is that we could be irritating our skin. Not ideal during the summertime when we are wearing fewer articles of clothing and our irritated skin is exposed. As a very easy transition that doesn’t irritate your skin, pat yourself dry instead of rubbing.

2. You Shave Right When You Get In The Shower

Those of us who shave in the shower may be doing so right when we hop in, but this doesn’t allow us to get the best shave. “Shaving shouldn’t be the first thing that you do [in the shower],” says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., adermatologist and director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. “You want to make sure that you can let the warm water and the steam hydrate the skin and the hairs before you start.”

3. You Put Your Clothes On Right When You Get Out Of The Shower

If you’re throwing on your clothes right after you get out of the shower then you’re missing an essential part of getting ready. You need to moisturize your body in order to keep moisture in and protect your skin. “Apply a moisturizer within five minutes of getting out of the shower to lock in that hydration,” says Zeichner. Again, summer is that time of year when we expose the most skin, so we want it to look smooth and polished. And remember not to forget your sunscreen! Sunburns are painful and increase your chances of developing skin cancer.

 

Remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.

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