Be Good to the Skin You’re in
Skincare blunders you may not be aware of can be compromising your efforts to achieve glowing skin. To keep your complexion at its very best, watch out for unexpected skin hazards that cause breakouts, irritation, dryness and aging.
Good Phone Hygiene
Unless you are wiping it clean daily, your cell phone can be a hotbed of smudge from makeup, sweat, grease and dirt. After all, you’re taking the phone everywhere, setting it down and passing it around—so it’s bound to get grimy. “This harbors bacteria that can aggravate your skin,” says Pragna Chakravarti, JAFRA’s Chief Scientific Officer.
Your pillowcase can undermine your complexion, too. Wash it weekly and don’t share your pillow with anyone who uses hair gels, face creams or other products that will leave a deposit on the case. “If not cleaned regularly, says Chakrvarti, “germs can cause bumps and irritation.”
If your face gets taut and irritated, be aware that long hot showers lasting more than 15 minutes dry out your skin. Try turning down the water temperature and always follow up with a hydrating facial moisturizer. When blow drying wet hair, be careful not to aim the dryer nozzle at your face. You’ll avoid jeopardizing your skin’s glow.
Workouts and Wash-ups
After a hot yoga session, a daylong hike, or any other workout that causes you to sweat, wash your face immediately afterwards. “Sweat is loaded with things that are meant to be excreted from the skin. Staying sweaty for long periods leads to clogged pores,” says Chakrvarti. If there aren’t any facilities for washing up, at least use a face wipe. It won’t do the same job as your cleanser and water, but it will remove some of the grime.