We choose what jobs to apply for based on the pay they offer, location of the office, and how interested we are in the job scope. How about thinking about the work environment and its effects on our skin? And if we are already on our dream job, have we wondered if it’s one that takes a toll on our skin?
Here are seven worst jobs for your skin. Let us know if you’re in any of them!
1. Flight attendants
We’ve mentioned about how air travel can take a toll on our skin. On the plane, we get more exposure to UV rays, and also more dehydration. On top of this, jet-setting to different countries frequently also mean that the skin has to get used to varied climates.
DV Tip: Invest in a different set of products for different seasons. For instance, save richer creams for dry, wintry seasons, and water-based gels for warm climates. Also, bring along a hydrating mist to keep your skin moisturised while on the plane. Remember to apply sufficient sunscreen and re-apply it regularly.
2. Outdoor salespersons
Extended hours of exposure to sunlight is your occupational hazard. And if you don’t already know, UV rays are the greatest cause for skin damage, and can lead to problems like hyper-pigmentation and the appearance of signs of ageing.
DV Tip: Apply sunscreen of at least SPF50 on your face, as well as your body. Take time to re-apply after lunch so you’ll get sufficient coverage for the entire day. Also, it’s tempting to forget drinking up when you’re out and about the whole day. Remind yourself to drink sufficient water, which isn’t just important to achieving radiant skin, but also for your health.
3. Office workers
You might think that those who work in the office from 9 to 6 get it easier. Not exactly true. Office workers usually sit in an air-conditioned environment for the entire day, which can make your skin really dehydrated.
DV Tip: Besides drinking water regularly, it’s also good to keep a bottle of hydrating spray near you so you can spritz it on your face whenever you feel dehydrated. Apply sunscreen of at least SPF30; although you don’t get direct sunlight, your computer screens and florescent lamps emit UV rays that can harm your skin too.
Being on the road most of the time means that you’re constantly exposed to sunlight, and to some extent, polluted air. We’ve discussed about the former sufficiently; the latter can potentially cause clogging of your pores. Sitting down for long hours will also make your veins to work harder to pump blood to the heart, developing viricose veins (or spider veins).
DV Tip: Consider installing window films that block out both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are what cause skin damage while UVB rays cause sunburns. However, even with the films, you have to still apply sunscreen conscientiously. To prevent the development of spider veins, set alarms to remind yourself to take regular breaks by moving around. When you’re not working, try to engage in more physical activities involving your legs too.
The greasy environment and smoke from cooking can be unfriendly to your pores and raise issues like blackheads and pimples.
DV Tip: Proper cleansing at the end of the day is important. Always use a dedicated facial cleanser for your skin and wash thoroughly. If you wear makeup while cooking, remember to double cleanse: use a makeup remover followed by a facial cleanser. Also, exfoliate regularly with a facial scrub.
6. Shift workers
Those who work in the health care industry or at the call centres often fall in this category where you may need to work at night sometimes. Because our skin repairs itself when we sleep at night, not following a strict sleep routine can disrupt this repair process.
DV Tip: Get sufficient sleep and try to arrange for schedules where you can enjoy an extended period of regular timetable (which means, one whole week of night shifts, or morning shifts, for instance), so your body can still follow a certain rhythm. If you have to sleep in the morning (to prepare for your night shift), try to close the curtains or put on an eye mask so you can block out all light. This helps you get a more restful slumber.
7. Lifeguards and those who work at the beach
As if direct exposure to sunlight aren’t enough, being near water also means that you’ll get even more UV exposure because of the reflection of the rays by the water. Salted water from the sea can also cause dehydration to your skin.
DV Tip: Re-apply sunscreen regularly. Take note that even when sunscreen profess to be waterproof, it can still be washed off or rubbed off due to friction from your clothing. Use a good moisturiser too, to keep your skin hydrated. Finally, invest in a product that has potent anti-oxidant in the night so that it can help you eradicate free radicals that you’re exposed to in the day. Vitamin C and E, for examples, are good forms of anti-oxidants.