Office work can wreak havoc on your skin. The artificial environment consisting of controlled air systems can leave your skin feeling dry and fragile. In addition to the recycled air, stressful situations – often going hand in hand with office work – and poor diet are acne triggers. Sometimes, even though you use all of the best cleansers and have a strict skin care regimen, you can still suffer from environmental skin issues.
Luckily, there is plenty you can do to counteract the negative effects that working in an office can have on your skin. Small things such as installing water coolers or arranging for an officedrop of fruit are great ways to foster skin health with the added bonus of helping to improve office productivity overall.
There are also a few changes you can make to improve your own personal skin health and office productivity.
Plan Ahead to Eat Better
Let’s face it – most of us have an office diet that isn’t always the healthiest. How many days include a snatched breakfast of toast and butter, chips for “elevensies”, a pre-packaged sandwich at your desk for lunch and then chocolate out of the vending machine to keep you going until quitting time only to get home and decide you can’t be bothered to cook so you grab some takeaway? All those refined sugars, salts, fats and simple carbohydrates might keep you going but chances are your intake of skin friendly vitamins and minerals is running quite low.
A really simple way to increase your vitamin intake is to plan ahead. If you know that sitting down to a healthy breakfast is not going to be realistic, make a super simple breakfast the night before that you can grab on your way out the door and eat on the go. Check out these yummy on the go breakfast options.
You can also replace nibbling on chips during the midday crash with nibbling on a piece of fruit. If your office doesn’t already, request that a fruit basket be delivered on a regular basis for just such occasions!! Otherwise, grab an apple, orange, banana, a box of grapes or blueberries next time you’re shopping.
Planning your dinners ahead of time is a great way to not only stay healthy but also save a few precious pennies. Doing some weekend meal prep for the coming week is a great way to ensure a healthy home cooked meal even when you come home exhausted.
Drink More & Drink Smart
The drying effects of air conditioning can leave your skin feeling tight. Don’t be tempted to overdo the moisturizer. While it might make your skin feel better in the short term, using it too often can affect your skin’s natural balance and cause it to become even more dry over time.
To combat skin dryness caused by dry air you need to moisturize from within. Keep a large bottle or jug of water on your desk and aim to drink 1-2 liters of water a day. Getting water coolers installed at the office is a fantastic way to ensure a supply of cool, refreshing water.
Drinking water all day can get boring. Try taking your water up a notch by infusing it with tons of flavor plus lots of added vitamins and minerals. Infused water can be achieved by adding fruits, veggies and essential oils.
It is also a great idea to limit your intake of caffeine – even if you only replace one of your mugs of tea or coffee with a glass of water, it will have great health benefits and your skin will thank you.
Take In Some Fresh Air and Sunshine
Your skin will thank you for a daily dose of sunshine. 30 minutes out of the office, even on an overcast day, will allow your body to start metabolizing vitamin D, vital for skin growth and repair. That little bit of exercise will help jump start your circulation which will improve blood flow with helps supply your body and brain with oxygen promoting brain function, productivity, positive mood while also allowing your skin to rid itself of toxins. Perhaps try leaving the office for your lunch break and eating your sandwich outside or park at the far end of the parking lot and enjoy a longer walk to and from the office.
Grab Some Down Time
Stress can cause breakouts, but your job may well be the most stressful thing in your life. Taking frequent breaks – to the water cooler or to fetch some fruit from the kitchen – can give your body the chance to “dial down” the stress hormones that cause so many problems. Listening to nature sounds, or soothing music is another great way to keep stress levels low. Keeping stress at a minimum is not only good for your body and your skin but it will also keep your mood, energy and productivity levels higher.
Whenever you can, avoid taking work home with you. We all need to get things finished from time to time but by making it an infrequent occurrence you can improve your work-life balance and allow yourself some proper downtime once you get home.
A really great way to relieve stress, enjoy some down time and give your skin a huge boost of healthy is to skip the shower and enjoy a relaxing detox bath instead.
Don’t allow yourself to become overwhelmed, thinking you have to change everything about your life all at once. Start small – maybe commit to smarter snacking and drinking more water at first. Sometimes it is the small changes that can have the biggest effect.
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