Is my skin exposed to risk to when I’m at work?
The answer is yes.
Here’s how your skin can be at risk while at work:
- Exposure to heat can change the composition of natural fats on the surface of the skin thereby altering its basic constitution.
- Exposure to cold can make your skin dry.
- Exposure to sun can burn skin, make it dry and even cause cancer.
- Exposure to wind can multiply the harm caused by heat or cold.
- Working with sharp items can cause open, non-bleeding wounds and place the skin at risk of infection.
- Exposure to more-than-normal moisture or over exposure to normal moisture can cause skin irritation. This includes having to wash your hands often.
- Working with chemicals and abrasive materials can scrape the skin’s outer layer leaving it open for damage or infections, which can be caused easily. You should be careful while working with any chemical, mineral oils, solvents, detergents, etc.
- Exposure to dirt clogs pores and reduce the skin’s ability to sweat thereby causing toxin buildup.
- Working regularly on vegetables like onions also can cause skin damage.
- Substances such as hair dyes, adhesives, flour, wet cement and certain plants also can cause skin allergies.
So, almost every worker’s skin is at some kind of risk.
The signs of skin problems while at work (or even outside of it) are:
- Skin Dryness
- Redness on skin
- Skin flaking
- Cracking or Blistering
- Pain or inflammation
You obviously cannot stop going to work, and therefore, have to devise ways and means on how to protect your skin while at the job. Here are a few tips:
- If you’re handling items that can cause skin problems, wear gloves. Gloves can protect your skin from physical and chemical dangers. Ensure that the substance you handle does not get inside the glove — and therefore, choose a glove that’s most suited for the job.Remember to dry your hands (and the glove) before putting the glove on. You don’t want moisture getting inside.
Change your gloves regularly. Avoid latex gloves because these can cause allergies — use vinyl gloves instead.
- There are pre-work creams available for certain professions. You should know that such creams are no substitute for gloves because chemicals can impregnate such creams easily.That said, such creams help remove dust and grime and therefore you should use them while cleansing. Here is how pre-work creams work:Vanishing creams catch dyes and resins.
Water-resistant creams repel chemicals that are present in water.
Solvent-resistant creams protect you from — you guessed it — solvents.
- If you’re working in the open, use a 20 SPF sunscreen from protection against UV rays. Exposure to UV rays without applying sunscreen (choose a number depending on the length of exposure and the climate you live in), can expose your skin to many risks, including skin cancer.Also, you can wear long-sleeved shirts and a hat. You also can try working in the shade if possible.
- Over exposure to air conditioning also can cause dry and flaky skin. Apply a moisturizer (2-3 times/day) if you work indoors, to keep your skin hydrated.
Do not place your hands on your face unless they’re clean. Unclean hands are breeding grounds for bacteria, which can get transferred on to your face, causing pimples.
Speaking of pimples and acne — never ever pick on them. Let them lie peacefully. Remember your picking can cause facial scars.
Always use non-comedogenic cosmetic products. Comedogenic products block pores and cause facial havoc.
Never overdo makeup. Use the barest minimum. Why? Because all cosmetic products contain chemicals.
Wash your face before applying any nutraceutical product before bedtime. And apply the product at least one hour before sleeping.
Do not share your makeup with anyone.
Always clean (regularly) makeup tools like brushes, combs, sponges, pumice stones, etc.
Change pillow covers and bed sheets regularly (to rid them of mites and bacteria).
Avoid products that contain a whole lot of alcohol. Such products strip away skin oils.
- If you’re passionate about skincare, follow this regimen daily or regularly as the case may be.
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