What are the factors that affect your skin and how can you help to protect it?
1. THE AIR
Air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter can dry out your skin, compromising the skin’s protective moisture barrier and causing it to become sensitive and reactive. Ensure you stay well hydrated throughout the day and keep a bottle of moisturiser on your desk for when your skin feels dry.
2. YOUR COMPUTER SCREEN
Computer monitors create an electrostatic field, which absorbs any floating dust surrounding it. When exposed to dust, your skin can become sensitive and reactive and existing skin conditions can worsen. Keep screen wipes handy and clean your screen regularly.
When you’re stressed at work, your body releases stress hormones such as cortisol which can make your skin more reactive and vulnerable to acne outbreaks. Stress can also worsen existing skin conditions. Try to manage your stress by taking regular breaks, perhaps a yoga class at lunchtime or try some breathing exercises at your desk. Also make time to do the things you enjoy outside of work hours.
When you’re busy at work it can be easy to forget to eat regular, nutritious meals. However, a healthy, balanced diet can help ensure your skin stays healthy. Opt for foods that are low in fat and carbohydrate but rich in vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin C, which can help promote younger looking skin.
Drinking enough water is easy to overlook when your schedule is busy. Keep a bottle of water on your desk throughout the day and take regular sips. If you prefer a hot drink, try herbal tea.
There you have it. The factors that can affect your skin while you’re in the office and tips to help you protect it and keep it healthy.