Most of us know we need to cleanse our faces on a daily basis, stay away from picking at zits, and always remove our makeup at night before bed to have great skin. Did you know that there are other things you may or may not be doing which can cause breakouts and oily skin as well? Some of the things you do on a daily basis, which you may think are harmless, might actually be breaking you out – and can even cause terrible skin infections, such as staph. Lionesse would like to take a look at some of things you may be doing every day without knowing you are causing these problems for yourself.
Cell Phone Use = Bacteria
Every time you use your cell phone, and take a look at it, do you see the cosmetic buildup and oils left behind? These products and germs can infest your pores, causing bacterial buildup and forming painful pimples, blackheads, and even infections. Avoid this by wiping your phone down with a sanitizing wipe at the end of every day.
Germ Filled Pillowcases
You know that pillowcase you’ve been using that hasn’t been washed in two weeks? You will want to throw that into the washer as soon as you read this. You need to change your pillowcases and sheets every two-three days, says some experts – and if you aren’t, you are exposing your skin to absorbing excess oil which has sunk into your pillowcases and sheets, as well as bacteria and dust. This is the best way to avoid pesky breakouts. When your skin comes in contact with the material for 6-8 hours a night, there’s no telling what you might absorb into your face.
Get Your Shower Temp in Check
Taking a super-hot shower might sound like a great idea after a long, hard day at work, but did you know that hot showers are known to dehydrate the skin? Rather than opting for hot, which we know you love, learn to love the setting on lukewarm, which will protect your skin and keep it soft and hydrated. Be sure to remember to moisturize directly after your shower.
Alcohol Consumption Causes Dehydration
Having a drink once or twice a week is generally okay, but did you know that drinking excess amounts of alcohol can dehydrate your skin, making you appear dry, cracked, and itchy? You can avoid this by having one glass of wine a couple times a week, rather than a daily glass or more than one at a time. The same goes with hard liquor and beer as well. One drink won’t dehydrate your skin and body, but anything more than that certainly will.
Exfoliation is key to renewing your skin to a fresh, radiant state – but overdoing it is never good for anyone. This can cause skin irritation, dryness, itching, and redness. Opt for exfoliating once per week on your face, and up to twice per week for body. Be sure to use a facial peel, facial polish, or mask for facial exfoliation, rather than going for something abrasive or harsh.