8 Bad Habits That Could Make You Healthier

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8 Bad Habits That Could Make You Healthier

Some “bad” habits were never meant to be broken. These eight vices may ward off illness, sharpen your mind, and could even help you reach your fitness goals.

The Benefit: Softens Skin

Ever had that lazy Saturday or Sunday when you just can’t motivate yourself to get off the couch and into the shower? Don’t sweat it. “Long, hot showers and harsh soaps can destroy the natural oils that keep the skin moisturized and maintain its barrier function,” says Jill Weinstein, M.D., a dermatologist at Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group. “This, in turn, can make the skin dry and sensitive.” Weinstein recommends keeping showers short (10 minutes tops), and using warm rather than scalding-hot water. And as long as you’ve brushed your teeth, it’s OK to skip that weekend-morning shower—granted your only plans that day are watching the game at home.

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