Whether you squish into the MRT, hop on the bus, or drive, chances are, this daily journey is having a negative effect on your skin. As if you needed anything else to worry about when you're late for work! Here are the biggest offenders:
If you're anything like me, you'll contemplate murder at least once every rush-hour: "WHY ARE YOU STANDING ON THE LEFT?!" "OH GOD, A SMELLY ARMPIT IN MY FACE"…you get the gist. It's a stressful time. It's no surprise that getting worked up isn't good for your general well-being, but it's also bad for your skin. When you get stressed your sebaceous glands produce more oil and this can result in an outbreak of spots. The solution? Bring blotting sheets or tissue at all times!
Public transport can be pretty gross; with hundreds of people's germs and bacteria floating around in the air and populating the handrails. We all subconsciously touch our faces a surprising amount, so to avoid rubbing the spot-causing bacteria into your pores, make sure you carry an antibacterial hand gel or spray with you, and use it after each trip to keep those nasty critters at bay.
Nowadays, no one ever goes more than five minutes without staring at their phones, especially when commuting. Whether you're getting your online Cosmo fix or playing Candy Crush, looking down at mobile devices for so much of the day has an adverse effect on the skin around the neck. This can lead to sagging skin, drooping jowls, and a distinct "tech-neck" crease. The skin on your neck is very thin, so make sure you don't neglect it in your beauty regimen by using an anti-wrinkle cream! Also: Look up every once in a while.
If you cycle or walk to work, well done! You'll most likely avoid the stress and bacteria of a public-transport journey and you're doing some good for your body and the environment. Vitamin D from the sun is great for stimulating the production of elastin and collagen in your skin, but you're also at risk of photo-damage from UVA and UVB rays. Make sure you wear a daily face cream with a high SPF, whatever the weather, to protect your exposed skin from dark spots.
That "fresh air" you get while you're waiting for your bus can be really aggressive on your skin, especially in urban areas. Free radicals caused by car exhaust fumes, environmental pollution, and cigarette smoke can all wreak havoc on your complexion. Make sure you use a toner after your facial wash to get rid of the leftover dirt your cleanser couldn't remove!
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.