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Protecting Your Skin at Work

Woman looking out of the window

Many of us are well aware of the havoc that our modern world wreaks on our skin.  We have heard countless warnings and admonitions cautioning us to pile on the sunscreen, abandon our cell phones and protect our skin against the elements.  Indeed, protecting the skin has become a priority when going to the beach or engaging in an outdoor activity, but, what if your job includes exposure to skin-damaging elements on a regular basis?  Skin issues affect more workers on a daily basis than you may realize and you may be among them!  Are you or any of your loved ones on this list?  If so, take heed!

Farmers and Landscapers
You may have guessed that farmers and landscapers are at risk for sun damage, but did you also know that the pesticides used in most agricultural production is a leading cause of melanoma?

Truck and Taxi Drivers
While the glass in most vehicles blocks out UVB rays, it does not filter UVA rays, which penetrate the skin more deeply.  A study done by the New England Journal of Medicine confirmed that a 69-year-old who had been driving a taxi for 25 years had  a shocking amount of damage on the side of his face that faced the window of his car, while the other was noticeably less effected.

Pilots and Flight Attendants
A study by JAMA Aviation reveals that UV radiation is worse at an elevation of 30,000 feet, an altitude commonly experienced by airplane workers.

Woman looking in a pocket mirror at work

Those bursts of sunlight that make their ways into an office building in the early evening may be more damaging than you think and so can that dry indoor air.

Despite getting 6-8 times the average dose of UV rays, only 14% of postal workers admit to wearing sunscreen during their 5-hour shift. Construction workers and roofers face more intense sun damage because of reflections off building surfaces. Welders face exposure to chemicals which may lead to rashes and allergic reactions as well as UV exposure from the oil, grease, and solvents that are associated with the job.

Keeping Safe
The warmer, longer days may have kept you extra-vigilant during the summer months, but don’t let the gentle fall breeze sway you off your skin protection game. Here are a few things you can do to keep your skin safe at work.

  1. Wear gloves, aprons, and protective clothing to keep skin away from oils, greases and chemicals.
  2. Wear clean clothes to work and remove oil or chemical soaked clothes right after work.
  3. Protect your hands with petroleum jelly, lotion or cream.
  4. Educate yourself about the best ways to get dangerous materials off of skin and how to get medical help if you do come into contact with these materials.
  5. Do not drink, eat, or smoke in your work area.
  6. If you work outdoors, apply sunscreen several times a day, wear sunglasses a wide-brimmed hat and long sleeves.

Whether your job requires you to work outdoors, or you’re getting exposed to those tiny bursts of sunlight and dry indoor air, these tips will help you protect your skin while at work. Remember, protecting your skin doesn’t interfere with your performance, it only ends up enhancing it because you know you’re taking care of yourself!

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Skin Care Tips for New Moms

Mother playing with her child

It’s no secret that, as a new mom, your time for doing pretty much anything – including your beauty regimen – is extremely limited. The good news is that you don’t have to forgo taking care of your skin. It’s incredibly important, not just for the appearance of your skin, but also for its health. So what are you supposed to do with such a little amount of time?

Keep Makeup Remover Wipes Within Reach
At the end of a long day, it’s not exactly the most fun task to take off your makeup, but it is important. The last thing your skin needs is to go through the night caked with makeup, oil, dirt, and residue that collected over the course of the day. Whether you keep them on your nightstand, in a drawer in the baby’s room, or on a shelf in the bathroom, makeup wipes can allow you to give your face a good wipe down. Considering how easy and effective they are, they’re great to have as part of your beauty arsenal.

Get an SPF Tinted Moisturizer
If you don’t have time to apply foundation, moisturizer, and sunscreen, you could always apply a tinted moisturizer that contains SPF. While it’s typically not going to provide as strong of results as if you had applied the products individually, a tinted moisturizer is still going to produce a little hydration, SPF protection, and color that your skin needs.

Woman applying eye mask

Use Eye Masks
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that you’re likely not sleeping much, or at least not as much as you may have before you became a mom. The lack of sleep is not doing such great things for your skin, including the area under your eyes. Eye masks take seconds to apply and all you have to do is leave them on for the directed amount of time. Once you take them off, most will require you to just pat in the remaining amount of fluid while you discard the masks. They can help de-puff the under eye area, fight aging, tone the skin, and help to decrease dark circles.

Buy Invisible Lip Liner
There are many who have yet to jump on the invisible lip liner train, but let me tell you: it’s amazing. It’s a must-have for new moms and any woman in general. First of all, it’s basically fool proof. Also, if you’ve ever applied any bright or dark color of lipstick, you know how they can bleed, and trying to clean it up can just make it worse and get the lipstick practically all over the lower half of your face. Using the invisible lip liner can prevent that from happening. But the best part? Rather than have to search out the perfect lip liner for every shade of lipstick you have, the invisible lip liner works with all of them.

Always Apply Lotion After a Shower
A wonderful thing you can do for your skin from head-to-toe is to apply lotion, but it’s even better when you do it right after a shower when your skin is most receptive to taking it all in. You should start to feel and notice a change after the first application, but when you make it a habit, the positive changes will be even more evident.

The most important thing you can do when it comes to skin care is to always make sure you apply sunscreen. It might not seem like a big deal, especially if you’re just going out to run errands for the day, but the sun can wreak havoc on your skin little-by-little, not just in terms of aging, but also with skin cancer. The higher the SPF and the more often you remember to apply the sunscreen, the better it will be for your skin.

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