Harper's Bazaar: A Dermatologist’s Summer Skincare Plan

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In the season of less is more, the difference between looking hydrated and looking dry as an Arizona desert can depend on your daily skincare routine. After all, your skin is your best accessory during the summer months, so it's important to ensure it looks its best.

“Moisture is crucial for a healthy skin barrier,” says dermatologist Marnie Nussbaum, M.D. Here, the New York City-based skin expert shares five easy tips for achieving your most gorgeous skin—like how much time you should actually spend in the shower, the body cleanser you shouldn’t be using, and the SPF ingredients you should—to get you glowing like it’s golden hour on a summer Friday.

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Take shorter showers

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It’s been a long, frustrating day. You turn on the shower and let the water wash away stress. Revel in the serenity...just not for too long. “Shower too much, and the water can strip the skin of natural lipids, which in the end, actually causes your skin to dry out,” notes the pro. “I always suggest using lukewarm water. Take short showers—five minutes max!”

Whether you enjoy two-a-days at the gym or sweat through your shirt with the slightest temperature spike, limit the showers to once a day. Feeling a little ripe? “Gently wipe down with a wet washcloth instead,” says Nussbaum.

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