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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Body Care Shower Routines

If there's a chalky build up on your shower door or curtain, you have hard water which dries skin. Install a shower filter that removes some of the harsh minerals.

Shower in warm, - not hot water for no more than 10 minutes. Skip the deodorant soap and go with a fragrance-free body wash instead.

Use shaving cream and a razor with 3 or more blades. Shave with upward strokes unless your skin is sensitive-in which case, stroke downward.

Exfoliate with a microbead scrub once or twice a week preferrably with ones made with salt or walnut shells. Go lightly on your chest where skin is sensitive, and skip your legs if you've shaved them.

After toweling your body dry, slather on body lotion while skin is still damp which helps seal in moisture. During winter, use a formula with heavy-duty emollients like glycerin, petrolatum or shea butter. In summer, switch to a lightweight lotion that contains glycolic, alpha hydroxyl or fruit acids which dissolve dead cells. Treat your elbows, knees and heels with cream that contain lactic acid or salycylic acid.