Aside from the lack of sleep and obvious stress effects your job can have on your complexion, the fluctuating temperature and low humidity levels of office air can take its toll on your skin. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a small collection of skincare essentials in your desk drawer to help you stay fresh all day long. Here are some of our recommendations:
A hydrating facial mist is a must-have for your office, as it can give your skin a quick boost of hydration without disturbing your makeup. BIOEFFECT OSA Water Mist contains optimised hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance that has the capacity to attract and hold vast amounts of moisture. Optimised means it has a smaller or lower molecular weight, which allows for a deeper and better absorption in to the skin.
Those with oily or combination skin will benefit from having blotting sheets close by, as dry air can cause these particular skin types to overproduce oil, especially in the T-zone.
Our hands do a lot of work at the office, constantly tapping away on the keyboard and shaking the hands of those around us. As we wash our hands frequently throughout the day, they are at risk of becoming dry; therefore a hand cream is often a desk drawer staple. Here at BIOEFFECT HQ we love using BIOEFFECT Body Intensive in place of a hand cream – it comes with a handy pump, the gel-like formula absorbs easily into the skin and the glycerin moisturises and hydrates while the EGF keeps the back of our hands looking youthful.
Everyone should have a lip balm in their office stash to prevent your lips from becoming chapped. Even better if the balm is slightly tinted and glossy, that way you can use it instead of lipstick when you’re in need of a pick-me-up before a meeting.
We squint and stare at our computer screens all day long. This can have a great impact on our eyes, making them tired and dry, it can also have a huge effect on the fine lines around the eyes. To combat this, keep BIOEFFECT EGF Eye Serum in your drawer - the cooling rollerball can be used for a quick, relaxing massage and the hydrating gel formula will keep the skin looking plump and fresh.
Sometimes your hair can go from OK to greasy in the middle of the day. That’s when a miniature bottle of dry shampoo is a lifesaver. It will not only banish the grease but also give your roots a little more oomph for the rest of the day.
We also have to discuss blue light. Some of us have heard that constantly staring at screens all day can damage our eyesight, ruin our sleep patterns, shorten our concentration spans and the list goes on. However, research has also shown that all that blue light from our screens may possibly be making us look older. The high-energy visible light (HEV), otherwise known as blue light, emitted by fluorescent lighting and LEDs, such as smartphones, tablets and computers. Overexposure to it can accelerate signs of ageing; worsening wrinkles, fine lines, and hyper-pigmentation. So how do we protect our skin against it? By using hydrating skincare that’s also rich in antioxidants.
BIOEFFECT EGF + 2A Daily Treatment is an advanced free radical defence with barley-based ingredients. It contains our award-winning barley EGF as well as hydrating hyaluronic acid and the antioxidants ferulic and azelaic acids. Just apply in the morning before work and you can face whatever your workday throws at you.