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9 Skin Care Mistakes Dermatologists Wish You Would Stop Doing

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Your primary physician warns you against skipping your annual physical exam. Your dentist reminds you (again) to floss more often. Though you might try your best to live the healthiest, happiest life you can (go you!), the experts often wish we’d all make better choices for our longevity. Dermatologists are no different, and in fact, often forgotten about when you think about your medical team, especially if you’ve been blessed with clear skin. But dermatologists have studied and mastered the largest organ of our body: our skin. Being mindful and considerate of your skin care routine, the products you buy and how you’re protecting yourself from environmental and sun damage should be top of mind, especially as you age.

As you head into spring, make it a point to stop doing these things that dermatologist say are simply the worst:

  1. 1. Using Products Not Designed for Your Skin Type
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    1. Using Products Not Designed for Your Skin Type

    EltaMD Moisturizer delivers long-lasting moisture to bring relief to dry, peeling and flaking skin. The soothing formula seals in moisture and protect sensitive skin conditions including eczema and sunburns. It also helps promote skin healing after chemical peels and laser treatments. For extra moisture replenishment, it can be used at
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  2. 2. Over-Exfoliating
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    2. Over-Exfoliating

    TULA Skincare's Detox In A Jar Exfoliating Treatment Mask (formerly known as Exfoliating Treatment Mask) delivers an even, glowing complexion for skin. Bentonite clay and lactic acid provide gentle exfoliation to purify skin and remove impurities without stripping essential oils. Plant-based, biodegradable beads also help exfoliation by releasing hydrating nutrients including jojoba and vitamin E to heal and calm skin.Key Ingredients: * Probiotic Extracts: help lock in moisture and soothe the appearance of inflammationDoes not contain live cultures.Key Benefits: * Lifts off dead skin, draws
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  3. 4. Popping Your Zit
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    4. Popping Your Zit

    Emuaid Overnight Acne Treatment is a unique antiseptic formula that promotes healing of moderate to severe acne breakouts. When applied directly on a blemish, camphor helps reduce inflammation while salicylic acid exfoliates to reduce debris trapped inside pores. Formulated for all skin types, this acne solution also works well as an overnight spot
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  4. 4. Only Wearing Sunscreen in the Summer

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  5. 5. Wearing Makeup When You Work Out
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    5. Wearing Makeup When You Work Out

    These detoxifying cleansing cloths are designed to cleanse and soothe the skin while on-the-go. Infused with Icelandic glacial waters and botanical ingredients, they gently yet effectively rid the skin of makeup, excess oil and impurities, leaving the skin feeling fresh and pure. Plus, the residue-free, non-drying formula never leaves the skin feeling tight or sticky. Ideal for travel or every day
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  6. 6. Poor Sleep Habits
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    6. Poor Sleep Habits

    Wake up with a smoother and healthier complexion with Nurse Jamie Beauty Bear Age Delay Pillow Memory Foam - White. This unique, anti-wrinkle pillow minimizes the appearance of sleep lines, revealing more youthful looking skin. The signature U-shape design is designed to effortlessly conform to the shape of your face and head, providing optimal neck and lumbar support. The silky, satin pillow is gentle enough for delicate skin types and perfect for
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  7. 7. Eating Unhealthy Food
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    7. Eating Unhealthy Food

    Defy the signs of aging with Collagen Love Skin Firming Supplement from Hum Nutrition. Fueled by a powerful blend of vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and types I, II and III of collagen, this daily supplement promotes elasticity and firmness. Clinically-proven, these nourishing ingredients also renew and guard your skin while minimizing the appearance of facial lines, wrinkles, and dryness.Key Ingredients: * Vitamin C: enhances collagen production and prevents cell damage * Collagen Peptide: boosts collagen levels to firm and tone * Chondroitin Sulfate: hydrates to smooth and soften skin *
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  8. 8. Wearing Your Hair Too Tightly

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  9. 9. Washing Acne-Prone Skin Too Often
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    9. Washing Acne-Prone Skin Too Often

    Obagi Nu-Derm Foaming Gel deep cleanses your pores to remove impurities like dirt, oil and other pollutants with a gentle complex of oat amino acids. Alfalfa extract detoxifies to prevent breakouts and borage extract tones and conditions your skin to reduce excess sebum. Complete with aloe vera gel, this gentle cleanser soothes inflammation and cools redness to leave your skin feeling fresh and clear.Learn more on the blog: What Is Obagi’s Nu-Derm Fx™ Line and How to Use It
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