Dry Skin? Tips & Water-Infused Recipes!
We all hate dry skin, but some of us are at higher risk than others. How often do you find yourself suffering from dry skin? Depending on your occupation, it might be a lot more than it should be. Most of us keep a bottle of lotion handy, but rarely think about how our job affects our skin or how to change that. Here are four ways your job might be contributing to dry or flaky skin—and solutions for each one.
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We all hate dry skin, but some of us are at higher risk than others. How often do you find yourself suffering from dry skin?
Depending on your occupation, it might be a lot more than it should be. Most of us keep a bottle of lotion handy, but rarely think about how our job affects our skin or how to change that. Here are four ways your job might be contributing to dry or flaky skin—and solutions for each one.
Show Me Love
For many people, working outside is a dream come true: you get all the sunshine and fresh air you want, plus in many cases the beauty of nature, and you get to be physically active throughout the day.
However, whether you are a traffic cop or a gardener, working outside can be rough on your skin. This is especially true in winter, when cooler temperatures and lower humidity levels mean that the air effectively sucks the moisture out of your skin. But even on balmy days, the sun can still dry out and damage your skin.
The best solution is to make sure you have adequate sun protection, wear gloves whenever possible, and moisturize daily during dry seasons.
Too Much Hand Washing
Whether you are a waitress or a heart surgeon, hand washing is essential to many jobs.
It kills germs, gets rid of dirt and protects the health of those you serve. But that doesn’t mean it’s great for your skin. Repeated hand washing, especially with thorough scrubbing, can damage the epidermis and lead to dry and cracked skin. In general, use water that is warm rather than hot, scrub gently, and use a soap that is gentle on the skin. If your job allows, moisturize after washing your hands.
Reset The Temperature
Outdoors isn’t the only place where temperatures can be rough on your skin.
If you sit directly below the heat/AC register, or if your office is particularly toasty or chilly, you will likely experience dry skin. See if you can adjust the thermometer to a more moderate temperature, or reposition yourself away from the direct flow of air.
Not Enough Water
Often, what we consider “dry” skin is actually dehydrated skin. Most people do not drink enough water and their skin is more vulnerable as a result.
Drink water—not soda or coffee—throughout the day, roughly a glass an hour to protect your skin and your health. Water is always essential, especially during summer. It not only helps to keeps your body fueled and energized but it helps to keep skin clear and hydrated for a more radiant complexion. Here are some fun infused-water recipes to help spruce up your water intake for your different body needs.
1. Anti-Inflammatory: All you need are a few large strawberries, lemon slices and about 5 mint leaves – just add water and ice – to give your metabolism a boost and help fight off cold and flu viruses.
2. Detoxifying: Toss a few slices of lemon and grapefruit into your bottle of water for a refreshing, detoxifying drink that will help clear out toxins and fill your body with the nutrients it needs for more energy, weight loss and all-around healthy living.
3. Revitalizing: This is a spa day favorite! Fill a pitcher with water and ice, and then add a few slices of cucumber and some mint leaves for a revitalizing boost of energy.
4. Antioxidants: Mix a handful of blueberries, strawberries and basil leaves with water and ice for a refreshing splash of antioxidants to help boost your immune system.
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