Is it better to pat your skin dry with a towel after a shower or to rub it?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

After a shower, it's best to pat skin dry as opposed to rubbing it. Rubbing can irritate skin, especially dry or sensitive skin, as well as whisk away lots of beneficial moisture.

 

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Daily Skin Care

Develop a daily skin care routine that cleanses, moisturizes and protects your skin. All skin types can benefit from a gentle, non-drying cleanser, an exfoliant and broad-spectrum protection from sun damage. Choose cleansers that ...

will remove dirt and bacteria while moisturizing the skin with emollients and humectants. Even if you’re not prone to breakouts, a topical exfoliant such as a lotion with alpha hydroxy acid will remove sun damage and keep skin supple as you age. Finally, using a sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays daily will prevent wrinkles and skin cancer.
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