It’s not just the sun – office environments can seriously damage your dermis.Skin is used to being cool and used to being warm, but if it’s kept at a constant temperature, it’s not used to adapting. This is why skin care is considered a real hard work.
Most people believe the harsh effects of chemicals on the skin and UV rays are to blame for poor skin conditions.
Although this is partly true, while we’re tapping away at the keyboard, seemingly unharmful office environments have been found to contribute to unhealthy irritated skin. Excessive dryness can occur from air conditioning and radiation emitted from the computer screen.
In the office environment, excessive dryness from air conditioning can cause dermatitis. Dermatitis is generally things like itchiness, patches on the skin, dryness on the skin and irritation, it can come up on the face, neck, arms anywhere.
It’s like an insult to the skin. As with an insult to a person, they can react in a number of different ways. When skin is insulted by a dry or hostile environment, it can react in different ways and it depends on the genetic background of the individual.
Dr. Egger, an epidemiologist explains that the radiation emitted by computer monitors has been found to add to the drying out of the skin. but the experts are still unsure as to why and how this process works.
The dryness is the principal outcome of working in an office environment. Skin is used to being cool and used to being warm, but if it’s kept at a constant temperature, it’s not used to adapting. If you stay in one environment, you’re drying your skin out over a consistent level long long term.
The best ways to combat such stresses on the skin is to have a full-time management plan, it is not enough to only take care of your skin during certain parts of the day, but instead you must owrk at keeping your skin healthy around the clock.
In the office there are a number of ways to prevent dryness of the skin. If it’s possible, open the windows to let the natural ambient atmosphere into the office. Another strategy is to have pots of water surrounding the desk – with evaporation, there is greater humidity in the air.
Use a moisturiser on the skin quite regularly throughout the day as it stops the drying out and drying the skin excessively. Also, regular breaks outside the office help. But it’s not just the office environment that causes problems, and you can’t just do one or two things – the skin has to be looked after at work and at home.
Dr. Egger’s top 5 tips for looking after your skin:
1. Use moisturiser, to prevent the skin from drying out. Sorbolene and glycerol cream is as good as anything.
2. Reduce use of soaps and shampoo, try using just conditioner instead.
3. Don’t overheat on bed, use blankets, not doonas and avoid hot water of heating that cause entrapment of heat.
4. Avoid sunlight in the middle of the day if possible.
5. Avoid air conditioning and heating where possible because of the low humidity which dries out the skin.