Next you need to ditch the soap. Soap can strip your skin of essential oils and leave it dry and parched. Instead use a gentle body wash with minimal lather, like Dove or Cetaphil. Which brings us to exfoliating. Regular exfoliation keeps your skin bright and fresh by getting rid of dead skin cells, but too much can actually have the opposite effect by irritating and stripping your skin. Don’t exfoliate more than once or twice a week and throw out your loofah, they are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. The same goes for your washcloth—use a clean one each time. Minimize razor bumps and get an extra close shave by waiting until the end of your shower when your pores are open and the hair has softened.

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