“Beautiful skin requires commitment, not a miracle.” – Erno Laszlo, American dermatologist & cosmetics businessman
The yearning for flawless skin is universal among men and women of all ages. As the largest organ of the human body, the skin requires a great deal of care to keep it young, healthy, and glowing. The issue of skincare assumes paramount importance in the case of working folks who have to balance hectic and stressful lives with striving to maintain a perfect look.
Skincare for office goers maybe a little demanding at times, especially for working mother, but not impossible. You need to follow a regular skincare regime to keep common skin problems such as acne, pigmentation, blackheads, oily skin, dry skin, and sunburn at bay. The best routine need not necessarily be complicated, but one that working men and women can stick to without demanding a lot of time whether at home or in the office.
Here are a few skincare tips that professionals will find extremely handy in maintaining beautiful and healthy skin.
This is a must-have if your daily routine involves spending some time out in the sun. Apply a good sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of not less than 15 each time before you venture out. This will protect you from harmful UVB rays. A good quality sunscreen can guard against photoaging, which otherwise makes you look older triggering freckles and wrinkles. Apply the sunscreen to your face, neck and arms in the morning while getting ready for office and allow the skin at least 30 minutes to properly absorb the formula before embarking on your daily commute.
Adopt a Healthy Diet
It has always been said that you are what you eat, and nothing reflects your diet better than your skin. A balanced, wholesome diet that takes care of your skin is more than necessary. Eat lots of fruits and green, leafy vegetables that are rich in essential life-giving nutrients such as omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants that work well against free radicals. Research shows that omega 3s are great for dry skin as they are anti-inflammatory and work to reduce wrinkles and facial lines by moisturizing the skin. The Assistant Medical Director of Cosmetic and Laser Services at Advanced Dermatology in Ossining, NY, Dr. Whitney Bowe also recommends prebiotics that are abundant in bananas, garlic, and onions. Drink lots of water not only to keep hydrated but to keep your skin looking radiant. Research on other foods and eating habits that help promote the good health of your skin and incorporate them into your diet.
Don’t Touch Skin Repeatedly
Do you know how many times you touch your skin – cheeks, chin, eyelids and lips on any given day? Countless. Rubbing or touching your facial skin repeatedly is more gross and harmful than you think. Chances of spreading germs from contaminated hands to facial skin are high when you touch your skin repeatedly. The habit not only transmits dirt and grime onto your facial pores but also eats away at the effectiveness of your skin care regimen. Whether at home or in the office, make sure you do not touch your face unnecessarily. That is one sure way to avoid skin infections, picking, and scarring.
Use pH Balanced Face Wash
Office goers are exposed to sun, dust and other pollutants on a daily basis. Thus, it is important that they protect their skin before signs of premature aging set in. Regular washing of the face using a good regular face wash and cold water helps clear all kinds of dirt and impurities that accumulate on the skin pores. Choose a face wash that is gentle on your skin and helps restore the biology of the skin.
Use Makeup Sensibly
There’s nothing wrong in using makeup; nearly all working women (and some men) do so most of the time. But there are certain things you need to remember regarding makeup – make it a point to remove it as soon as you return from work. This will gives the skin the ability to breathe freely. Also, use only long-lasting and stable makeup options that don’t require re-touching during the course of a day unless when it’s absolutely necessary, such as in the case of people who use public transport for their daily commute. Without cleansing your face after work, you run the risk of experiencing skin damage and having to spend even more on makeup products.
Cut Down Caffeine Intake
Every office now features a coffee machine that dispenses coffee round the clock. Working long hours at office makes people prone to consuming excessive amounts of coffee and other caffeinated beverages. Taking large amounts of caffeine harms the skin more that you may think. It dehydrates it and makes the liver work overtime, which can lead to collagen loss and skin inflammation. The long and short of it is, moderation is key.
Regular use of exfoliating products can bring many benefits to your skin. Exfoliation gets rid of dead skin and leads to the regeneration and revitalization of damaged skin. It removes clogged skin pores, heals blemished skin, breaks up pigmented cells, and corrects ingrown hair. Along with chemical peels, home remedies using products such as lemon, papaya, and honey are known to be effective in exfoliating the skin and restoring its good health.
Invest in Night Cream
Don’t make the mistake of believing that skincare is all about what you do during the daytime. Your skincare regimen must extend into the night as well as it is the time when it does all the repairing and restoration. Invest in a good quality night cream to keep the skin hydrated throughout the night and even the next day, as this keeps its texture even and fine. The right cream calms your skin after a tiresome day provided you choose one that suits your skin type.
Be Mindful of Air Conditioning
Air conditioners are a common electronic appliance in homes and offices. But what only few people know is that, apart from regulating temperature and humidity levels, ACs can also lead to skin damages. They can dehydrate and dry out your skin by upsetting the body temperature. Fluctuating temperatures can aggravate skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis. So, while in office, never sit directly under an AC and always turn away the vents if they are pointing towards you. Also remember to apply a moisturizer every 2-3 hours.
Drink Lots of Water
If there is one element of skincare that doesn’t cost you a dime, it’s gotta be water. Water detoxes our body and gives you radiant and healthy skin. The cells in the human body are made up mostly of water, and hence it is important to keep well hydrated. Insufficient H2O in the body can interfere with normal cell growth and functioning leading to all kinds of skin problems. Drink 3-4 liters of water daily, and if possible, carry a bottle of water to and fro the office. Keep it on your desk at office to make sure to drink it regularly. Never get engrossed in work so much that you fail to pay attention to this basic need for all the body’s organs.
Take Frequent Breaks
It is hard to imagine working without a computer these days. Computers or lappies have become an integral part of all office work. However, studies show that spending long hours in front of a computer screen can take a toll on the skin. This workplace reality can worsen skin conditions such as rosacea and eczema. The best way to go around the problem is to take frequent breaks and briefly leave your workstation every 1 hour. It’s not only refreshing to the mind but also good for your skin too.
Smoking leads to the displacement of oxygen and reduction of blood flow, leaving the skin dry and discolored. It also depletes essential nutrients from the body, which are necessary for the growth, protection, and upkeep of your skin. So, the best policy is to cut down on smoking, if giving up is hard. Many smokers are habituated to taking cigarettes with every coffee break during office hours. Abstain from cigarettes as they constitute a slow poisoning of your skin.
Take Medications On Time
If you are suffering from any kind of skin problems and taking medication to treat or manage it, make sure you carry them along to the office. Never miss the prescribed dose and timing just because you’re too busy with work. The success or failure of your skin treatment is decided by whether or not you religiously take your medications.
It is easy to lose yourself in your career and sacrifice looking good and staying healthy. Every day your skin is exposed to a multitude of harmful pollutants, bodily processes, foods, and habits that do it great harm. Consult a dermatologist for help devising a skincare regimen that suits your skin type and condition, and stick to it. When you take care of your skin, issues like premature aging can be stopped dead in their tracks or even reversed. Start your journey today and claim that forever young look and feeling!