Summer is just around the corner. For most of us however that no longer means spending countless days in the sun but rather working in a hot and smelly restaurant or shop. As a result of this, most of our ‘summer bods’ go straight down the toilet as we turn to every piece of food in site to get through the day. So other than the apparent weight gain, another area of our appearance that suffers is our skin. Just imagine it; you’re sweating hot, running around like a lunatic with a full face of makeup, 50% of us are surrounded by grease and to make it worse we’re stuffing our faces with unhealthy food. So how can we prevent our faces from looking like one big red dot-to-dot? Over the past five years of working in hospitality, I think I’ve learnt a few crucial lessons, which I am now going to share with you ❤
Girl take that makeup off
This sounds like a given but the amount of girls who come into work and preach about wearing yesterdays makeup is not good. Firstly, think about your poor pores! Secondly, it’s disgusting and unhygienic. Don’t get me wrong, I know when you get home at god knows what hour, the last thing you want to do is a full cleansing routine. Sometimes you just want to crawl into bed and if you are that person then great but please take it off in morning and replenish. However, to actually allow your skin to breath and reduce your chances of a break-out, you need to take off that makeup. Some nights I get home and simply use Micellar water or a quick face wash and jump straight into bed. As long as your makeup is off, I’d say you’re free to sleep. However, if you do wish to increase the appearance of your skin, always try to thoroughly cleanse and then apply a few products. If you don’t get the chance at night then do so in the morning!
Switch fizzy drinks for some healthy H2O
If you work in hospitality then this is probably your biggest demon. Unless you are not technically allowed to freely help yourself to unlimited Pepsi at your job then you’re probably consuming half of your body weight in fizz. When I was 16 I worked in Pizza Hut and there was no limit to what drinks we could consume. So I can honestly say, roughly six days a week I would fill myself up on Pepsi, Fanta, you name it and the effects were not good. Not only was I terribly sluggish but also I used to have some pretty bad breakouts. Nowadays, I simply stick to water and if I need a quick wake me up then I usually have a cup of tea. However, I stay very clear of fizzy drinks whist I’m working.
Bring your own food!
No matter where you work, you should always meal prep before a shift! I know it is seriously the biggest burden on the planet but it is going to do you so many favours. When you’re on your lunch break, running over to the shops or putting something through the system is a spiral waiting to happen. You may try and stick to healthy eating but eventually you will crack, believe me. The best solution is to bring your own food. One it saves you money and two you will know what ingredients have gone in there. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a massive food junkie, put a large pizza in front of me and I will eat it. I’m not saying go on a strict diet. However, try and not consume all your calories in one meal whilst you’re at work. Regular junk food = bad skin & chub.
Easier said than done when you work in hospitality or retail. Seriously, customers can be the rudest people on the planet. I’ve said this once and I’ll say it again, everyone should have to work in customer service for at least a year. When a customer is yelling at you, demanding a refund over something you cannot control, it can become very stressful. However, deal with the situation in your own way, whether that is muttering under your breath, slagging them off to co-workers or simply walking away (unfortunately we do not live in a country where you can tell a customer to F off). One thing you must never do however is take that stress home with you. Don’t go to sleep stressed from the shift and don’t continue to let it build up. If you’re eating badly, drinking badly, not removing your makeup and getting stressed then hunny your face is not going to thank you!