Is your JOB to blame for your breakouts? Yoga instructors, teachers and lawyers have the fewest ‘skincare stressors’, research shows – while pharmacists are the most affected
- Research reveals industries with the best and worst skincare conditions
- Yoga teachers are most likely to glow due to a healthy, active lifestyle
- Scientists and pharmacists suffer from skincare woes due to lack of sunlight
Skincare experts have revealed how certain professions are more likely to suffer from problem skin than others.
Yoga teachers and personal trainers have the best skin, according to the research conducted by UK online beauty and cosmetics company Beauty Pie.
The nature of their jobs means they are likely to have an overall healthy lifestyle with regular sleep and exercise and a nutritious, balanced diet, which promotes glowing skin.
Inner peace, outer beauty! Yoga teachers and personal trainers have the best skin, according to the research conducted by UK online beauty and cosmetics company Beauty Pie
In contrast, people who work in the science and pharmaceutical industries spend a large amount of time inside and away from natural light, reducing the overall quality of their complexion.
Researchers identified 18 key skin stressors, including travel, shift work, and working in an air-conditioned office, and used these to hypothesise which industries were most likely to leave people suffering.
They quizzed 3,000 people from across a range of industries including construction, law and education.
Each profession was assigned a skin stress score, out of 100, with lower scores indicating that a job’s environment exposes its workforce to fewer skin-stressing factors.
Sitting in an air-conditioned room can dry out the skin, while sitting down all day can promote poor circulation, leading to a duller complexion.
Professions with the BEST skincare conditions
- Sport and leisure
… and the six that’ll leave you feeling dry, spotty and stressed
- Science and pharmaceuticals
- Hospitality and tourism
- Finance and banking
- General business
Highly stressful jobs, like those in medicine, can also cause problems.
Stress itself releases the hormone cortisol which can cause oil production to spike, clogging pores and causing breakouts.
The number of hours spent outside is also linked to skin health. Damaging rays, such as UVA and UVB from the sun can cause damage to the skin if it isn’t protected.
And at the other end of the scale, too much time spent indoors with no natural light can reduce the amount of vitamin D you absorb which can lead to inflamed, dry and itchy skin.
Pharmacists or biomedical scientists revealed they are one of the top industries for spending time indoors with no natural light.
Skincare woes: Pharmacists or biomedical scientists revealed they are one of the top industries for spending time indoors with no natural light. Stock image
People who work in science and pharmaceuticals also scored second-highest for stress levels, reporting they feel stressed every day at work.
It was followed on the list by construction workers. This is as a result of spending a lot more of the working day outside in extreme temperatures compared to other professions, as well as working at night for more than eleven of the other sectors.
Third on the warning list are engineers, scientists and field workers who spend time in extreme temperatures and deal with a lot of stress.
The increased exposure to pollution causes ‘oxidative stress’ to skin cells which can weaken the skin barrier and trigger inflammation.
Conversely yoga teachers and sports coaches experienced the least amount of stress, rarely ate unhealthy food at work or worked late.