SKIN CLEANSING BASICS

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Quick Tips: Should I not wash my face if it's dry?

Dry skin can be tricky to cleanse. There are face washes for dry skin, but do they really work? We'll help you perfect your dry skin care routine.

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  • Are bubble baths good for my skin?

    Are bubble baths good for my skin?

    Bubbles may make baths more fun for children, and a sudsy soak may be just what you need after a stressful day. But bubble baths have some surprising health risks that could have you rethinking bath time. See more »

  • Are natural sea sponges good for my skin?

    Are natural sea sponges good for my skin?

    Natural sea sponges have become popular as the green trend pushes forward. What exactly is a sea sponge, and how is it any different from a regular sponge? See more »

  • Are there ethnic differences in skin cleansing?

    Are there ethnic differences in skin cleansing?

    Skin tones can vary among people from different ethnic groups, but does that really make a difference in how they wash their skin? See more »

  • Cleansing Problem Skin

    Cleansing Problem Skin

    You attack with soaps, cleansers, toners and moisturizers, but your skin just counterattacks with itchiness, pimples and inflammation. How do you combat problem skin? See more »

  • Do men and women need different cleansers?

    Do men and women need different cleansers?

    Men are from Mars and women are from Venus, right? Does that mean we need two separate face scrubs taking up space in the shower, too? See more »

  • Hand Washing 101

    Hand Washing 101

    Many people don't realize there are certain techniques for hand washing that will best keep bacteria at bay. Learn why washing them hot water might not do as much good as you think. See more »

  • How often should I replace my bath sponge?

    How often should I replace my bath sponge?

    You may use your bath sponge for weeks or months, but during that time it becomes a comfy home for bacteria and mold. How can you tell when it's time to throw the old sponge out? See more »

  • How often should I wash my washcloth?

    How often should I wash my washcloth?

    Using a small towel to scrub your face might seem like a harmless practice, but you could be introducing bacteria onto your skin. Find out how to tell if your washcloth is unsafe. See more »

  • How to Bathe a Baby

    How to Bathe a Baby

    If the idea of bathing a squirming, slippery baby sounds intimidating, these tips can help. Learn proper techniques for holding your baby, and discover why tub baths aren't recommended for newborns. See more »

  • How to Wash Your Face

    How to Wash Your Face

    You might think you know everything there is to know about washing your face, but there are ways to make your routine more effective. What techniques are right for your skin? See more »

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