Many of us are slowly getting back to work and going back into offices, but just how ready are you to show your face again? If you're like me, there have been days where I've skipped a few steps in my skincare routine, or to be completely honest, skip out of my skincare routine altogether because I didn't need to go into the studio, teach a class, or show my face on Zoom.
Frozen or Fried?
I think we've all been here before, where we've worked in a space that is either too hot or too cold. Some offices, especially open floor plan ones. Regardless if it's too hot or cold, the moisture from your skin is being depleted, leaving it dry and flaky.
Solution: Carry a refreshing spritzer to rehydrate the complexion. I love Helen Rose's Rose Petal and Aloe Toner! If the cold air leaves skin feeling dry and tight, the spritzer will add much-needed moisture. And if it’s too warm, it will help you cool down and relieve splotches.
Most offices have stark and fluorescent lights that not only make you look completely washed out but also irritate the skin and make it splotchy. Furthermore, they also cause headaches and eye strain, leading to fine lines and wrinkles.
Solution: Wear SPF every day – it also protects skin against fluorescent lighting. And consider using an artificial natural light simulator, which produces a combination of wavelengths identical to those of the sun to make you feel healthy and energized.
Office surfaces, including desks, printers, phones, and even the walls, are hotbeds of bacteria, viruses, and fungi that can cause skin irritation and blemishes along with a host of illnesses.
Solution: Firstly, begin the day by using a disinfecting wipe to wipe down your keyboard, mouse, phone, desktop, photocopier, and door handles, to name a few. Secondly, wash your hands throughout the day and cleanse your face thoroughly before going to bed. And finally, to keep your face out of harm’s way, DON’T touch it through the working hours – this will minimize the transfer of germs from surface to skin!
The dry, recycled air in an office can wreak havoc on your skin, causing dryness, flaking, irritation, itching, and more. Besides this, air pollutants like tobacco smoke, pollen, and cleaning fumes can also lead to respiratory issues, headaches, nosebleeds, and asthma.
Solution: Keep a humidifier (there are so many smaller models available today), air filter, or invest in a few plants near your desk. Also, drink lots of water throughout the day to flush out toxins.