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10 Everyday Habits That Are Drying Out Your Skin

what causes dry skin

Taking long, hot showers

We dont blame you for wanting to turn up the temperature dial in your shower as hot as you can handle, but this seemingly harmless act of self-pampering will quickly leave you with dry skin. Excessive exposure to water, especially hot water, can strip the skin of natural oils and disrupt the skin barrier, explainsJoshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Instead, keep showers shortdown to ten minutes or lessand temperatures no higher than 84 F, or the temperature of most heated pools.

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