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Power Wash: Skin-Saving Summer Cleansing Tips

You probably wash up without giving it a second thought. Lathering and rinsing is hardly a challenge. But warmer weather can make things a touch trickier. Follow our derm-approved advice for a truly clean sweep from head to toe.

By Ilana Blitzer

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For a just-right allover rinse, try these tips:

—Limit showering time. Derms say 5 to 10 minutes is long enough—more than that can actually rob skin of moisture.
—If you get breakouts on your back, try using a 2% salicylic acid wash like Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash, $7, on affected areas.
—When you've been applying sunscreen all day, use a gentle scrub to loosen and remove any sticky residue. Aveeno Positively Nourishing Smoothing Body Wash, $6, contains supersmooth grains that won't aggravate, and it has a refreshing scent.
—Gently pat yourself dry with a towel—the friction from rubbing makes you lose important lipids from skin that help prevent water from evaporating, says Heidi A. Waldorf, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. Slather on lotion immediately after bathing, while skin is slightly damp.
—What comes after cleansing is just as important—sunscreen during the day, anti-aging moisturizers at night.

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