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5 Steps to Cut from Your Morning Routine

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Is this familiar? You fall in love with a new beauty product or tool, only to find that after a while it doesn’t seem to work quite the same. Turns out that there can be too much of a good thing. Believe it or not, your self-care regimen might be more effective if you skip parts of it— just for a day or two.

5 Steps to Cut from Your Morning Routine

1. Clean up—but not too much. Bathing too often or using harsh soaps or very hot water can strip your skin of natural oils, leaving it dry and itchy. The substances also disturb the natural balance of healthy bacteria on your skin’s surface, which scientists think may cause eczema flares . A sprinkle of powder and a swipe of deodorant can carry you a day without anyone’s nose knowing. And when you hit the tub, go for gentle cleansers.

2. Shampoo more sparingly. Many curly-haired women find their tresses do better with less shampoo rather than more. Try shampooing every other day, or look for sulfate-free versions . A dry shampoo  keeps hair clean and healthy-looking between washes. (Your hair care needs will change as you age – find out what's best at this stage of your life.)

3. Don’t exfoliate excessively. Your skin looks and feels great after you polish it with an exfoliating scrub. But resist the urge to over-exfoliate—it can lead to dryness, irritation and sensitivity . Most exfoliants are best used three or four times a week, max. Follow with a skin care regimen to replenish and moisturize.

4. Shave off some time. Shaving your legs daily can lead to dryness and irritation. Try cutting down to three times a week, and use shaving cream to minimize irritation. Follow up with a soothing lotion to combat dryness and help keep legs silky smooth.

5. Walk out of workouts. The full-body cardio and weight-training regimen that’s so great three days a week can damage your joints  if you do it every day. Intersperse gym days with a long walk, bike ride or swim. Your body can use a change of pace.

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