Your Office Habits Could Be Aging Your Skin

Your Office Habits Could Be Aging Your Skin
You may be surprised, but some everyday routines like your office habits could be aging your skin. Before you head down to human resources, check out the habits that made our list.

Working late nights

Long work days and late nights can be disruptive to your skin’s joy. On average, we need 7-9 hours of sleep each night. During this time our cells repair and heal from the daily damage. You need an acceptable amount of time to wind down when you get home from work, so working late nights in the office may not leave a sufficient amount of time for relaxing and sleeping.

You may also start picking up bad habits when you get home late like not properly removing your makeup and thoroughly cleansing your face. Don’t sacrifice your skin care for long hours of office multitasking.

Too much java

We’ve all heard about the negative effects caffeine can have on our health — well too much is good for our skin either. Consider topping it off at 3 cups of coffee per day; especially if it’s caffeinated.

Also, coffee is not a substitute for water and will not help keep your skin hydrated or highly useful in flushing toxins from your skin. Guidelines say we should drink 8 glasses of water a day, 10 glasses for men. If you find yourself struggling, try adding fresh lemon or lime slices to add a little flavor.

Not enough exercise

Getting exercise is not only helpful for a toned physique, but it also keeps you alert. Being stuck in the office for 9+ hours can cause grogginess and lack of focus. Get fresh air and natural light to keep your serotonin levels in check and appropriate Vitamin D levels. If the distance is reasonable, you could cycle or walk to work, take the stairs instead of the elevator. There are also after hours activities you could do with co-workers or family.

Heat and air conditioning

A recent medical study confirmed that while male and female body temperatures vary; female generally almost always higher than their male counterparts’ that doesn’t mean that females are always warmer. Quick the opposite; because a female body is accustomed to being warm, cooler air feels colder to the body.

Now, what does that mean for the office workplace?

Thinking about how nicely ventilated your workplace feels on a hot summer day when the air conditioner is blowing the perfectly cooled air into your office. Well your body may feel great; nicely cooled, but if you already suffer from a skin condition such as eczema, the artificial cooling system could leave your skin tight, irritable and cracked. So you may want to enjoy the cool breeze a little farther away from the air vent.

Conversely, central heating can be just as injurious — not just to your skin, but can also dry out your eyes. Try layering your clothes and sitting an appropriate distance from the direct heat. Being mindful to use heating in areas you can control the settings like at home or your car should help maintain your skin’s ideal moisture levels.

Sun protection

You’re sitting in your spacious office with a perfect view of downtown. Why do you need to be concerned about sun protection; after all you are indoors, right?

A recent beauty study showed that High Blue/Violet visible light (HEV) from computers, phones and tablets could be contributing to skin aging. It’s advisable that everyone wear broad spectrum sunblock throughout the day, particularly office workers. For maximum protection, sunblock should be reapplied 2-3 hours.

While you’re enjoying that beautiful view of downtown through your huge office window, take care that you’re protecting your skin from the natural UV that’s exuding through that awesome office window.

In conclusion

Come in or schedule your complimentary consultation online to talk to the friendly team at Wake Health Medical Group today to get a better understanding of how Smoothbeam laser and other suitable treatments can help reduce your scarring issues and ultimately increase your self-esteem.

Disclaimer: Information and content within this blog is provided for informational purposes only. This blog is not intended to provide medical advice, and anything read here should not be construed as such. Reading this blog or communicating with our staff does not create a physician-patient relationship. If you have questions about any health issue, including something you may have read here, please consult a licensed, trained physician or health professional immediately.

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