Perhaps you're one of those people with a practiced skincare routine – you cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize and always remove your makeup before hitting the sack. Or maybe you have relatively good skin and regularly wash your face and apply lotion but don't always spend lots of time with face masks and specialty products. Either way, you're still missing out on the bigger picture of skincare. Did you know skipping breakfast or taking too many showers can also impact the health of your skin?
Before you start questioning why your face wash isn't working, consider these surprising things that play a role in your skin:
1. Cell phone use
Germs and bacteria are everywhere you look, even though you can't see them. You've probably heard that your cell phone is one of the dirtiest hosts of all this bacteria. As a result, smartphones are the top offenders of skin problems, Aveeno Canada explained. It's estimated that each person uses their phone nearly 150 times per day. When you answer a call, those germs are transferred directly to your skin. And even if you're only texting or scrolling, as soon as you touch your fingers to your face, that bacteria moves with them.
In addition to limiting your cell phone use, consider keeping your screen clean.
2. Skipping meals
There are always going to be those mornings when you're late and rushing around and don't even realize you've missed breakfast until you get to school. Or, your stomach starts to growl at your desk and you realize you forgot to pack your lunch. Missing meals can happen to the best of us, but if you want to keep your skin vibrant and glowing, try not to make a habit out of it, Bustle explained. Healthy foods, good fats and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables are what give your skin the nutrients it needs and thus, that refreshed and bright look. When your skin doesn't get these nutrients it can start to look dull and dehydrated.
3. Long and hot showers
Everyone loves a hot, steamy shower, especially on a cold winter day. However, the combination of the two can really dry out your skin. Winter weather is already a culprit for stripping the natural oils from your skin and unfortunately, hot showers can do the same, Bustle explained. When possible, do your best to maintain a lukewarm temperature when showering and try to keep them to 10 minutes or less. In fact, cold water is great for your skin and though it's not necessarily pleasant right away, it can feel rejuvenating afterward.
4. Lack of exercise
Working out regularly benefits all aspects of your health, from the mental to the physical and everything in between. While running, swimming or taking part in your favorite spin class can help your heart, your muscles and your mind, these activities can also help your skin!
As dermatologist Dr. Justine Hextall of The Harley Medical Group told The Lifestyle Library, physical activity helps deliver a healthy supply of blood to the skin. These nutrients and oxygen help your skin heal as the skin cells replenish themselves. Moreover, if you don't exercise on a regular basis, a hormone related to stress – known as cortisol – can build up and increase the risk of acne and other skin conditions.
5. Dirty bedding
Frequent washing of sheets, pillow cases and bedding is always advised, but especially if you want to keep your skin clear and healthy. According to Bustle, your bedding collects dirt, sweat, skin cells, oil and much more – even if you can't see it. Sleeping with the same sheets and pillow cases may cause breakouts on your skin. The same goes for bath towels and hand towels. Any towel that's used to clean your face should be washed regularly.
6. Lack of sleep
Just like exercise, a good night's sleep is important for many things including your skin. According to the Family Share, not getting enough rest at night can show immediate signs on your skin, especially under your eyes. Dark circles and dull skin lacking shine and brightness will be visible after just a few nights of tossing and turning. Get to sleep earlier so you can feel rested and ready in the morning.
Fix your habits today and you'll be able to see changes in your skin in no time.