No matter how much joy spa-goers get from their careers, the daily grind can still cause stress. It also may be stressing out the skin—causing wrinkles, dark spots, and sagging to appear earlier. According to Darrell Rigel, M.D., medical director at Schweiger Dermatology (New York City) and clinical professor of dermatology at New York University Medical Center some jobs are more stressful for skin. Here are the jobs that speed up premature aging:
In a high-rise: Office workers
Why? Regular 9-5ers with indoor corporate jobs seem unlikely candidates for being high at risk for skin cancer, but research shows that melanoma occurs when people are exposed to bursts of sun. For those that are indoors all week that burst of sun on the weekends could be dangerous.
In the air: Pilots and flight attendants
Why? It may be the radiation from the high altitude in-flight that ups your risk similar to an indoor tanning bed session, reports a new study in JAMA Dermatology.
Battling a blaze: Firefighters
Why? Exposure to noxious fumes from flames can damage your skin cells’ DNA and possibly prompt skin cancer.
Working the land: Farmers and oil-refinery workers
Why? They’re at risk of non-melanoma skin cancer due to the nuclear radiation they come in contact with.
In the car: Truck drivers
Why? Just like UV rays can enter office windows, they come in on your driver’s side window, too. Research shows that people who drive long distances—like truck drivers—have more signs of aging on their left side (the side exposed to the sun).
Have you noticed more skin concerns from clients working in any of these professions?