Working day in and out in a restaurant doesn’t only affect your level of tolerance for customers, but your skin as well. There are a number of factors that can damage your complexion if you allow it. Being a food service worker doesn’t mean your skin has to suffer. It is totally possible to make the two work in perfect harmony.
The steps you need to take for healthy skin will depend on what role you play in your town’s favorite eatery. Some positions come into contact with more environmental pollutants than others so knowing what to look out for will keep your skin in tip-top shape no matter how long your shift is.
These players in the food service game mostly interact with customers but also come into contact with the kitchen and other areas where food is prepared. Because there can be a lot of running around involved, sweating under pressure is common. If you’re a female server or hostess, wearing foundation during your long shifts can put your complexion at risk for breakouts and pimples.
Sweat mixed with makeup can lead to clogged pores. Exposing your face to the steam and heat from stoves, ovens and other cooking appliances can also upset your skin. If you must wear makeup, stick to powder foundation or tinted moisturizers. Oily skin types can become aggravated by the steam and heat from the kitchen so keep oil absorbing sheets handy in your apron. However, your best bet for a clean and clear complexion is to play up your eyes and lips and keep your complexion natural. After your shift make sure to wash off all your makeup.
Because you come into contact with customers, menus that have been touched by tons of people, and carrying dirty dishes, keeping your hands clean is important but be sure not to wash them too much. That may sound like the opposite of what food service workers should do but there is method to the madness. Washing your hands too much can make them prone to becoming dry, cracked and tight. Try to limit your hand washing and only use lukewarm water to rinse. In between washings, use antibacterial hand sanitizer and be sure to properly moisturize your hands with a shielding lotion to keep skin hydrated.
Because cooks come into direct contact with the elements of cooking, this can put their complexion in harm’s way. Female cooks should go natural with their complexion, as the heat, humidity, smoke and grease in the air can create a bad reaction with makeup, which only results in clogging pores and breakouts. Stick with mineral makeup if possible so you use the most skin-friendly ingredients.
Male or female, cooks and other food service employees such as dishwashers working in and around the kitchen, should be sure to take short breaks away from their working area to minimize direct contact with environmental pollutants. If possible, duck out into the bathroom and give your face a splash of cool water.
Carrying travel sized skin care products for use on your lunch break can also keep your skin feeling refreshed and ready to handle the rest of your shift. As with servers and hosts/hostesses, limiting hand washing and opting for hand sanitizers and shielding lotion moisturizers will keep your skin healthy and happy.