For some outdoor workers, taking care of one’s appearance is not always top of the agenda, especially if working with machinery or animals, day-in, day-out. An outdoor lifestyle can contribute to a change in your appearance, including dry skin, and what you look like affects the way you feel. Your image is how you present yourself to those around you, and like it or not, first impressions are often the ones which stay in someone’s mind the longest. Even if your farm is miles from civilisation, you should take steps to look after your appearance and take steps to reduce the stress of working outdoors.
Your skin can often be neglected when working outdoors. Wind and rain can dry your skin, leaving it flaking, so using a good moisturiser daily can keep it looking and feeling smooth. What is more vital is that you protect it from the sun. Sun can damage skin, especially if you have a naturally fair complexion. Aside from the obvious danger of sun exposure causing conditions such a skin cancer, long-term exposure to UV light deepens your wrinkles and makes you look older than you are. Always wear sunscreen, and you’ll have youthful looking skin for longer!
The elements can cause havoc to your hair too, although you might wear hats while working on a farm. While wearing a hat won’t cause your hair to thin, it can lead to an itching and sweating scalp. Change the hats you wear and clean them regularly. If you are concerned about thinning hair, there is advice available online or you might try FUE hair transplant London if you want to combat genetic male or female pattern baldness.
Having regular haircuts will not only keep you looking tidy, but it also keeps your hair more manageable. You might also try a weekly conditioning treatment to keep your locks luscious.
Hands and Nails
Outdoor hands and nails need extra care. Hard working hands can often have hard areas of skin that can get sore or split if left too long. Use a specialist moisturiser every day to help the skin of your hands stay in good condition.
Working with animals usually means getting grubby, being in contact with manure, medicines and chemicals. While for most of us a hand wash is enough, it is a good idea to keep your nails trimmed short to avoid places for bacteria to hide. Having long nails is also just asking for chips and tears. A neat trim looks much better, and you can apply a light polish if you feel the urge to do so.
Self-care is important, no matter what job you do, so keeping a few helpful products nearby while you are outside is a good idea. A lip balm or two in your pocket on a windy day is something you’ll be thankful for. Being out in the elements what a farming lifestyle is all about, but it is worthwhile taking care of yourself to look good and stay healthy too.
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