As a remote worker, your days are full of video calls and Zoom meetings. At the end of the workday, you’re too exhausted to think about things like skin care but maybe you should. Stress, lack of sleep, and excessive screen time can wreak havoc on your skin and accelerate the process of aging.
The good news is daily skincare doesn’t need to be complicated. In fact, all it takes is a few minutes in the morning and evening. Here’s what you need to know about skincare along with a simple five-step routine that will help you keep your skin healthy.
The Impact of Screen Time on Your Skin
Electronic devices have become an integral part of life. Though modern technology is essential for staying connected in today’s world, it may cause as many problems as it solves. There is growing evidence that excessive screen time can negatively impact your health and can even affect your skin.
One of the most significant ways in which screen time affects your health is by disrupting your body’s ability to get a good night’s sleep. Screen time before bed can interrupt the body’s internal clock, keeping you from getting the sleep you need. Not only does sleep deprivation affect your wakefulness and cognitive function, but a single night of poor sleep can leave you with dark circles or puffiness around the eyes. It can even dull your complexion and make fine lines and wrinkles more apparent.
Blue light from computer screens and mobile devices could cause hyperpigmentation and may accelerate the aging process but it’s not just your computer screen you need to be worried about. Computer keyboards and mouses can accumulate bacteria, germs, grease, and other impurities that can easily be transferred to your skin. Touching your face after touching your keyboard or mouse could contribute to an increase in acne breakouts and other skin irritations.
Simple Skincare Guide for Remote Employees
Start your day with a simple skincare routine to cleanse, hydrate, and protect your skin from the stress and strain of your day. This routine can be completed in just a few minutes.
Easy Morning Routine:
- Cleanser – Choose a gentle cleanser that won’t strip your skin of its natural moisture. Apply with your fingertips and rinse with warm water then pat dry.
- Serum – Protect your skin against UV radiation and blue light using a vitamin C serum.
- Moisturizer – Restore your skin’s hydration with a moisturizer appropriate for your skin type.
- Eye Cream – Gently pat eye cream into the contours around your eyes using your ring finger to help reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.
- Sunscreen – Even if you’ll be indoors most of the day, sunscreen is essential. Look for at least SPF 30 to protect against UV damage.
Quick Nighttime Routine:
In the evening it’s important to cleanse the skin, washing away the dirt, oil, and other impurities that accumulate during the day. Pamper your skin with moisture and treat specific skin concerns with serums and spot treatments when your skin is most permeable and primed for absorption.
- Cleanser – Remove makeup, dirt, oil, and impurities with micellar water or your preferred cleansing oil or balm.
- Exfoliants – Apply an exfoliant 2 to 3 times per week to help remove dead skin cells, revealing the brighter and more youthful skin underneath.
- Serum – Retinoids and anti-aging creams can be used to treat acne breakouts and reduce the visible signs of aging.
- Moisturizer – Take advantage of your skin’s increased permeability with a richer nighttime moisturizer or night cream.
- Eye Cream – Pat on a layer of eye cream to finish up your nightly skincare routine.
Additional Tips to Stay Safe and Healthy
Sticking to a simple daily skincare routine will work wonders for your skin, but there are additional steps you should take to protect yourself and your skin.
Here are some additional tips to help you stay safe and healthy:
- Regularly sanitize your computer keyboard and mouse as well as your phone.
- Wash your hands often, especially after touching food or using the restroom.
- Avoid touching your face as much as possible, especially after using the computer.
- Limit your daily intake of sugary, fatty, and processed foods.
- Take breaks during the workday to relieve eye strain and consider blue-light blocking glasses.
When your days are an endless cycle of video conferences and digital meetings, it’s easy to dismiss the self-care practices that seem like a waste of valuable time. The truth is self-care is essential and skincare is not something to gloss over or neglect. In just a few minutes a day you can improve your skin’s health and appearance and boost your confidence by doing so. Take what you’ve learned here and start making skincare a priority by following the simple routines outlined above.