There are some skincare tips we all know and live by: Removing your makeup each night, using moisturizer and applying SPF during the daytime are among the most tried and true skincare tips. However, there are some lesser-known factors that could be wreaking havoc on your pores. Find out how your cell phone and laundry could be holding you back from radiant, glowing skin.
1. Put the Phone Down
Have you ever been chatting on the phone when suddenly, a rash appears on the side of your cheek? According to StyleCaster, cell phone dermatitis is a result of holding our phones close to our face when we’re busy chatting. The rash is caused by the chemical element of nickel which is in virtually every cell phone. When talking on the phone for more than a few minutes, go hands-free and use a headset or speakerphone to avoid irritating your skin.
Furthermore, did you know cell phones can carry more bacteria than a toilet? Yuck! Besides spreading sickness, the bacteria on your phone can cause major acne breakouts. Keep some antibacterial wipes handy to swipe your phone clean and help your skin stay clear.
2. Change Bed Sheets regularly
Every night when you sleep, dirt and oil is transferred from your skin to your sheets and builds up over time. This is especially true if you don’t shower or at least wash your face before bed. When you roll over or move around in your sleep, you create friction, and if your pillowcase is dirty, it can cause a breakout, especially if you already have oily or acne-prone skin.
Bodybuilder Brian Turner told Self Magazine that changing bed sheets daily is the key nixing pimples. At a minimum, it’s recommended to wash your sheets at least once per week and if you have extra oily skin, consider changing your pillowcase every other day. Turner says his skin has been completely clear since making these changes with the exception of the occasional small blemish.
3. Check Your Detergent
Now, before you toss you sheets and pillowcases into the wash, remember the detergent you use can have an impact on your skin, too. Skincare.com advises that scented and dyed laundry detergents, fabric softeners and dryer sheets can all be potential skin irritants and cause skin to be acne-prone. When shopping for detergent, don’t just grab whatever is on sale. Look for products free of dyes and fragrances, chemical free detergents, or even detergents marketed for babies.
Using too much detergent can also irritate your skin. If the detergent isn’t fully rinsed away, it can build up in the fabric and lead to red, itchy, irritated skin and even contact dermatitis. If you suspect your clothes or sheets have leftover residue, try using the extra rinse cycle on your washing machine before drying.