A lot changes when you begin working, especially if it’s a desk job. You become financially independent, you form connections and you see your personality develop for the better. But about your body and skin? Well, the most common occurrence is that you put on some weight. After all, you sit on your desk for prolonged hours. 

And what about your skin? You may not just observe dull skin, but acne, dark circles, uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation. In a nutshell, your skin health deteriorates.  

We guess we named several skin issues to get you worried. But you don’t have to because if you take the right steps, you may be able to prevent the damage and repair it while still going about your life. 

But what are the right steps? Keep reading because we will be enlightening you. 

Do not forget to wear a sunscreen 

What does your skincare routine look like when you are getting ready for work? Well, it may include a moisturiser, foundation, eye shadows and whatnot, but what about sunscreen?  Little do we realise that It is THE MOST IMPORTANT PART. 

Putting it this way, sunscreen is your barrier against sun damage and all the other skin issues that you may have while being out in the sun. 

So, you may go ahead and skip the foundation and eye shadows but don’t skip sunscreen. Apply it after every 3 hours if you are out in the sun continuously. Otherwise, you may wear it two times a day, even when indoors. 

Wash your face with a cleanser at least two times a day 

It is a no-brainer that dirt and pollution shouldn’t sit on your face – especially not when you sleep. Prioritise washing your face before sleeping to prevent waking up with breakouts. 

Remember, your skin repairs itself when you sleep. However, sleeping with dirt and makeup on doesn’t only clog the pores but also prevents the skin-repairing process. 

Just so you know clogged pores are the breeding ground for bacteria that cause breakouts. Cleansing before bedtime removes oil, dirt, and makeup, preventing impurities from settling in and clogging the pores. 

Exfoliate your skin

As we said, the skin repairs itself. The repairing process includes shedding off the dead skin cells and replacing them with new ones. This is where exfoliation comes in to break up the pigmented cells to ensure the skin remains glowing and healthy. It removes the barrier of dead skin cells that clog the skin and prepares for new skin cell formation. This helps your moisturising products penetrate deep within the skin, improving the results.

Include exercising in your routine:

Adding exercise into your daily routine can work wonders for your skin health, even with a busy 9 to 5 job. Exercise increases blood flow, delivering oxygen and vital nutrients to your skin cells while simultaneously removing toxins. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, like brisk walking or cycling, most days of the week. Not only will exercise promote a healthy glow by flushing out impurities, but it also helps regulate stress hormones, which can otherwise wreak havoc on your skin.

Cover your face and body when you are out in the sun:

Shielding your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays is crucial for maintaining its youthful appearance and reducing the risk of skin cancer. Make it a habit to wear protective clothing like wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and long-sleeved shirts to get extra defence against sun damage. Remember, UV rays can penetrate through clouds and windows, so sun protection should be a year-round commitment.

Do not smoke:

If you’re serious about caring for your skin, boycotting smoking should be a top priority. Smoking accelerates the ageing process by depleting oxygen levels in the skin, constricting blood vessels, and triggering the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibres. Over time, this leads to wrinkles, sagging skin, and a dull complexion. Quitting smoking not only improves your skin’s appearance but also enhances its overall health and vitality. 

Munch fruits as snacks:

Yes, we are familiar with the urge to munch chips and cookies on your desk, and other junk food items in the cafeteria. Well, your diet reflects on your skin. So, if your day includes a lot of unhealthy eating, it will manifest as acne and dullness. Swap out sugary snacks and processed foods for fresh fruits to nourish your skin from the inside out. Fruits are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that promote skin health and radiance. 

Closing thoughts 

Adding these simple yet effective skincare practices into your daily routine can make a world of difference in maintaining healthy, radiant skin while navigating the demands of a 9 to 5 job. From protecting against sun damage and oxidative stress to nourishing your skin from within, these habits empower you to prioritise self-care amidst your busy schedule. So, seize the opportunity to pamper your skin and embrace a holistic approach to skincare that leaves you feeling confident, rejuvenated, and ready to face whatever the workday brings.

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