Being a career woman nowadays is no joke. You juggle meetings, deadlines, office politics, plus your own personal life, on a daily basis. Add to that the need to, as a woman, look prim and proper and your absolute best every day. It’s not easy to rock the corporate world while staying radiant and healthy.
Luckily, it doesn’t take an arsenal of beauty products and style experts to help you look and feel awesome at work. Here are some easy skin care tips women can practice at the office!
Keep a hand sanitizer handy
Did you know that objects on your desk—such as your phone—harbor more germs than a toilet handle? Think 25,000 germs per square inch! And about 30% of those end up on your fingers! Since it’s next to impossible to wash your hands every hour (doing so can dry your hands, too!), keep a hand sanitizer bottle on your desk. Purchase one that includes moisturizers, since the alcohol in hand sanitizers can dry out your skin.
Lock in moisture
Air conditioning can seriously dry your skin. We’re talking dry, cracked, flaky-skin-cells kind of skin. So when you’re getting ready to go to work, remember to apply a facial moisturizer on your face before putting on makeup to hydrate your skin. Your hands also suffer, thanks to repeated hand washing throughout the day. Prevent your skin from being as dry as the Sahara by slathering on a good hand cream every once in a while (say, after washing your hands). Select one that’s thick enough to lock in moisture for hours.
Ward off UV rays
Even if your work doesn’t require you to spend much time outdoors or out on the field, you can still be exposing yourself to harmful UV rays. That’s because UV rays can still penetrate through glass windows. If you find yourself seated next to a window most of the day, put on sunscreen before leaving the house, preferably one with an SPF of 15 or higher. Lots of companies now infuse SPF in their products, so it won’t be hard to find makeup that can help protect you from the sun’s rays.
Regular trips to the water cooler
There are times when you’re so engrossed in that PowerPoint presentation you’re putting together that you forget to make a trip to the water cooler. Hydrate! Water helps flush out toxins in the skin, making your skin clearer and more radiant. It also helps get rid of water retention, which is what causes those awful eye bags that tell the world you’ve been up all night finishing a report. Aim to drink more than 8 to 10 eight-ounce glasses a day. And hey, a trip to the water cooler can mean getting some juicy gossip from your colleagues!
Skip the fast food
A working girl’s gotta eat, but unfortunately, quick lunch breaks often spell fast food. The next time someone calls for take-out, suggest a healthy food place or at least a restaurant with a menu where everything isn’t deep-fried. Opt to order a crisp salad, which is loaded with vitamins and minerals that help keep your skin clear, plus they contain antioxidants that fight free radicals (they’re the ones that break down your skin cells and make your skin look dull). If that’s not filling enough, have a sandwich with lots of greens to go with the meat or a rice meal that’s loaded with veggies. If you really can’t avoid the fast-food route, consider bringing your own lunch to work, and make it a healthy one (such as a lean chicken sandwich or pasta with lycopene-rich tomatoes).
Air your feet
Prevent a stinky situation by airing your feet at least once a day. Of course, do this discreetly! Slip off your heels under your desk and do foot exercises, such as rotating your feet clockwise then counterclockwise to encourage blood circulation as well. Letting your feet loose once in a while decreases your chances of getting fungal infections.
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