It’s no wonder really. The typical office life may not be your skin’s best friend. While we all know that dry, recycled air is our skin’s nemesis, few are aware that long-term emission effects from computers, photo-copiers and fax machines can have negative and cumulative effects on our once flawless skin.
I was appalled. For the past half year, I’ve been facing the laptop monitor for hours on end.
What kind of damage is happening right before my eyes?
Many are under the impression that being cooped inside our comfy offices and out of sight of the mighty sun rays mean that they are spared its skin-damaging effects.
Hell no. If you have not been slapping on at least a layer of SPF 15 protective moisturiser, it’s high time you start!
Ever since that alarming piece of information, I started to apply a layer of SPF70 sunscreen on my freckles, better known as The Milky Way. With that shield in place, I am ready to tackle all environmental conditions.
Well, almost all. Dryness caused by both the loved and dreaded air conditioner can be dampening to a woman’s spirits. Apart from constant lathering of lotion throughout the day, remember the simple rule: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
Most women have the sense to carry a bottle of water wherever they go. Always fill up and set a reminder to drink up, if need be. I know how crazy timelines can get. There’s hardly time for pee breaks, let alone to top up the tanks. But drinking water helps to refresh your mind and spirit, so doing so prepares us for the longer haul.
Now that we’ve got the inner defences up, let’s attack the outer elements. Since we can’t live without the air-con, let’s find ways to combat its drying effects using good old water again.
I remember back in my flying days, winter season was the most dreaded. My skin and lips would always end up cracked and super dry, no matter how much lotion I slathered on. Whenever we flew to Seoul and Tokyo, I would inevitably be the first to ‘chope’ (reserve) the hotel humidifier as soon as we checked in. (sorry girls!)
Demand for these skin-savers was always greater than supply!
If all else fails, the stewardesses will hang wet towels all over the room as a last resort. I know of one who would sprinkle water directly on the carpet, all the way from the bathroom to the bed. Wet uniforms (yes, most of us do the washing instead of sending for expensive dry-cleaning services) hung a few hours ago would dry to a crisp should you leave the windows ajar!
Winter days are over for me but now that my days are spent in the office, hydration is top on the list. Moisturisers, lip balm, water and my trusty humidifier are within reach at all times. Yes, uMist is the latest addition to my arsenal of defence tools. I’ve used several different brands before but have yet to find one that combines several benefits in one nifty product like the uMist. For one, its price is one I can’t resist.
It acts as an ionizer, providing negative ions that remove dust and other suspended impurities to improve air quality for a breath of fresh air– excellent for stuffy, stinky rooms. That’s great as my office carpet sorely needs a vacuum and I hate to imagine the amount of horrid dust attacking my sandwich.
I love the fact that other than making my skin moisturized and soft, an added bonus is the refreshing feel of its cool mist when I place my face in its trail – an instant wake- me-up. Splendid!
Remember, dry skin ages faster than you could say “Moisturizer please” so fill up both tanks now – inner and outer!
What do you arm yourself with in the office?