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Revealed: The Best (And Worst) Professions for Your Skin

Discover which jobs could be damaging your skin, and learn the best ways to protect your skin wherever you work

The Best (and Worst) Professions for Your Skin

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We all know that working life can be challenging, whether it’s the long hours, the deadlines, the commute or the state of the staff kitchen. And while It’s well known that stress can impact our mental health, what we don’t tend to consider so much is that what you do for a living can also impact the state of your skin.

It’s not just stress levels: environmental factors – from the air-conditioning to the artificial light, the less-than-nutritious working lunches (hello, 4pm chocolate cravings) and all those endless hours staring at a computer screen - they can all affect your skin’s health, too.

So to find out whether your skin could be having a “career crisis,” here’s a run-down of the jobs that are best for skin, plus the ones which could be the most challenging.

Find out what could be stressing your skin below - or jump straight to tailored skincare routines for each profession.

Finding The Best Professions for Your Skin

Here’s how we worked it all out: we surveyed over 3,000 employees in 15 different industries about how often they experience 18 ‘skin-stressing’ factors at work, including working in front of a computer screen, wearing a mask, high stress levels and exposure to extreme temperatures.

Each profession was then assigned a ‘Skin Stress Score,’ out of 100. The higher the score, the greater the number of skin-stressing factors each profession was potentially vulnerable to…and the more your job might present challenges for your skin.

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And the Most Skin-Friendly Industry Is… Sport And Leisure

Jobs in the Sport and Leisure Industry are best for skin health

Jobs that scored a Skin Stress Score of between 1 and 50 were deemed the best for skin - and with a score of just 34 out of 100, sport and leisure workers - for example, yoga instructors, sports coaches and swimming instructors - experienced the fewest skin stressing factors of any of the professions surveyed.

The research shows that those working in this industry rarely worked late, felt stressed or ate unhealthy food at work – all of which can have a negative impact on your skin’s appearance.

Top 7 Best Industries and Professions for Your Skin

Click an industry to go straight to a tailored skincare routine.

IndustrySkin-Stress Score (Out of 100)
1Sport and Leisure34.2
2Education38.9
3Law41.9
4Health42.7
5Engineering and Manufacturing47
6Transportation and Logistics47.9
7Retail49.2

The Industries that can be the Most Skin-Challenging

At the other end of the scale, the worst scoring professions are in the science and pharmaceutical industries, scoring 74.36 - more than double the score of sport and leisure jobs. 

Employees in this industry often work late or on night shifts, work in air-conditioned environments and are also often outside in hot temperatures in the summer, particularly those who work as geographers, environmental scientists, or geologists – all of which can have a negative impact on skin’s condition and health.

The 6 Most Complexion-Challenging Industries

Click a profession to go straight to a tailored skincare routine.

IndustrySkin-Stress Score (Out of 100)
1Science and Pharmaceuticals74.4
2Construction70.5
3Energy68.8
4Hospitality and Tourism65.8
5Finance and Banking60.7
6General Business58.1

How to Career-Proof Your Skincare

The best ways to achieve glowing skin, wherever you work and whatever you do.

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Skincare Routines based on career

1. The Sport and Leisure Skincare Routine

Personal trainers, yoga or swimming instructors

Skin Stress Score

34.2

Top Skin-Stressing Factors:

  • In the summer, being out in the heat/sun

  • A long commute

  • Working inside without any natural light

What It Means for Your Skin

Time spent outside means more exposure to damaging UVA and UVB rays which can prematurely age the skin. Likewise, working outside in cold weather is likely to cause dryness which can make skin feel uncomfortable and tight. 

What You Need

SPF is key to protecting skin from sun damage and Vitamin C can brighten skin tone and help to reduce the signs of premature ageing. A lovely hydrating essence is also great to have on standby throughout the day.

The BEAUTY PIE Sport and Leisure Skincare Kit

Product
1Superdrops™ Brightening Niacinamide (10%)
2Superactive Capsules Pure Double Vitamin C & Vitamin E Serum
3Super Retinol (+ Vitamin C) Night Renewal Moisturiser
4Super Healthy Skin™ FeatherLight UVA/UVB SPF 50 Sunscreen + Primer
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2. The Education Industry Skincare Routine

Teachers, Lecturers, Tutors

Skin Stress Score

38.9

Top Skin-Stressing Factors:

  • Tiredness from work

  • Not taking a lunch break

What It Means for Your Skin

Tiredness can affect your natural glow. Skipping lunch breaks can exacerbate this, as well as increasing stress levels - so your skin’s cell turnover is sluggish and you could notice everything from dryness to dullness to clogged pores.

What You Need

Starting your day by cleansing with a moisture-rich balm and upping your hydration levels with Hyaluronic Acid is a great way to make your skin look as refreshed as possible. An eye cream containing Retinol is a great way to help brighten tired eyes, too. 

The BEAUTY PIE Education Professionals’ Skincare Kit

Product
1Jeju Daily AM/PM Multi-Phase Purifying Cleansing Milk
2Wonderscrub™ Bio-Dermabrasion Face Polish
3Triple Hyaluronic Acid Lipopeptide Serum
4Superdose™ C Vitamin C Oxygen-boosting Moisturizer
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BEAUTY PIE Re-Energizing Skincare Kit

Lawyers, solicitors, judges

Skin Stress Score

41.9

Top Skin-Stressing Factors:

  • Long hours in front of a screen

  • Feeling tired from work

What It Means for Your Skin

Sitting in front of a screen for prolonged periods can affect the quality of your sleep. Stress and deadlines can also affect your skin - you might notice dryness, increased sensitivity and even a breakdown in collagen production, leading to premature signs of ageing.

What You Need

Adding a supercharged moisturiser to your routine is guaranteed to deliver a dewy finish that will hide all evidence of over-working. Glycolic pads are a great way to ensure dull, tired skin looks smooth and clear, too. As always, add SPF daily, too.

Use all of these products morning and night, except our Dr Glycolic Pads, which should be used 2-3 times a week.

The BEAUTY PIE Legal Profession Skincare Kit

Product
1Jeju Daily AM/PM Multi-Phase Purifying Cleansing Milk
2Wonderscrub™ Bio-Dermabrasion Face Polish
3Triple Hyaluronic Acid Lipopeptide Serum
4Superdose™ C Vitamin C Oxygen-boosting Moisturizer
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4. The Healthcare Industry Skincare Routine

Doctors, nurses, health visitors, mental health practitioners

Skin Stress Score

42.7

Top Skin-Stressing Factors:

  • Working long hours

  • Feeling tired from work

  • Skipping lunch breaks

What It Means for Your Skin

Overworking or working extended hours can naturally increase overall stress levels, which will impact the health of your skin. Feeling tired from work might also mean you skimp on your skincare routine, so it’s important to find products that are loaded with active ingredients, keeping your routine as efficient and effective as possible.

What You Need

Adding a gentle-but-effective face polish a couple of times a week will really help re-energise your skin, and skincare infused with ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C will also ensure skin looks radiant, too. Don’t forget to add SPF.

The BEAUTY PIE Healthcare Professional Skincare Kit

Product
1Jeju Daily AM/PM Multi-Phase Purifying Cleansing Milk
2Wonderscrub™ Bio-Dermabrasion Face Polish
3Triple Hyaluronic Acid Lipopeptide Serum
4Superdose™ C Vitamin C Oxygen-boosting Moisturizer
GET THE KIT
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5. The Engineering and Manufacturing Industry Skincare Routine

Mechanical engineers, welders, automotive manufacturer

Skin Stress Score

47.0

Top Skin-Stressing Factors:

  • Working long hours

  • Wearing a mask

  • Working around aircon

What It Means for Your Skin

Air-conditioned environments can dry skin and cause irritation and dryness, and wearing a mask can increase oiliness that can lead to breakouts and blemishes. Working long hours and feeling sluggish on the job can reduce blood flow and potentially lead to a dull complexion.

What You Need

To ward off tired-looking skin, pair a glow-giving serum with a replenishing moisturising cream, for brighter, dewier skin. Just add SPF.

The BEAUTY PIE Engineer’s Skincare Kit

Product
1Triple Hyaluronic Acid Elastic Lifting Eye Serum
2Triple Hyaluronic Acid Lipopeptide Serum
3Triple Hyaluronic Acid Deep Moisture Miracle Cream
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6. The Transportation and Logistics Industry Skincare Routine

Road traffic investigators, freight agents, supply chain managers

Skin Stress Score

47.9

Top Skin-Stressing Factors:

  • Working at night

  • Working inside with no natural light

  • Working long hours

What It Means for Your Skin

Working excessive hours can increase overall stress levels, causing the hormone release of cortisol that can cause clogged pores and breakouts. Working at night can worsen bags under eyes and make the area puffier and more swollen

What You Need

Best way to mask the effects of tiredness from night work? Skincare loaded with proven actives. A routine containing Vitamins A (Retinol), B (Niacinamide) and C will ensure skin stays looking fresh and glowy.

The BEAUTY PIE Transport Pro’s Skincare Kit

Product
1Superdrops™ Brightening Niacinamide (10%)
2Superactive Capsules Pure Double Vitamin C & Vitamin E Serum
3Super Retinol (+ Vitamin C) Night Renewal Moisturiser
4Super Healthy Skin™ FeatherLight UVA/UVB SPF 50 Sunscreen + Primer
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BEAUTY PIE ABC SPF Kit

7. The Retail Industry Skincare Routine

Store managers, merchandisers, beauty counter consultants, cashiers

Skin Stress Score

49.2

Top Skin-Stressing Factors:

  • Being inside with no natural light

  • Long hours spent sitting down

  • Working long hours

  • Eating unhealthy food

What It Means for Your Skin

Having limited access to natural light can lead to a lack of Vitamin D, which can cause uncomfortably dry or itchy skin. Working long hours without the support of a well-balanced diet can be detrimental to skin health, too.

What You Need

By infusing the skin with energy-boosting ingredients and treating your skin to a face polish once or twice a week, you’ll boost circulation and increase your skin’s natural glow. (Don’t forget to add SPF).

The BEAUTY PIE Retail Worker’s Skincare Kit

Product
1Jeju Daily AM/PM Multi-Phase Purifying Cleansing Milk
2Wonderscrub™ Bio-Dermabrasion Face Polish
3Triple Hyaluronic Acid Lipopeptide Serum
4Superdose™ C Vitamin C Oxygen-boosting Moisturizer
GET THE KIT

8. The General Business Professions Skincare Routine

Marketing, PR, advertising, call centres, office workers

Skin Stress Score

58.1

Top Skin-Stressing Factors:

  • Working long hours in front of a screen

  • Often on the phone

  • Working late

  • Wearing a mask

What It Means for Your Skin

Long hours sitting down in front of a screen can lead to poor circulation which can decrease the normal strength, elasticity, and flexibility of the skin. It can also have a knock-on effect on sleeping patterns, especially when paired with working late, which can lead to increased stress.

What You Need

To beat a lack of sleep, use resurfacing Glycolic pads to ensure dead skin cells are kept at bay, allowing maximum moisture to penetrate your skin. Layer intensely moisturising serum drops followed by moisturiser to replenish skin with double-duty hydration (just add SPF).

Use all of these products morning and night, except our Dr Glycolic Pads, which should be used 2-3 times a week.

The BEAUTY PIE General Business Skincare Kit

Product
1Super Healthy Skin™ Hot Oil Double Cleansing Balm
2Dr Glycolic™ Multi-Acid (6.5%) Micropeeling Pads
3Superdrops™ High Intensity Hydration
4Jeju Daily AM/PM Moisture Superinfusion™
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Skincare for you career

9. The Finance and Banking Industries Skincare Routine

Investment and corporate banking, consumer banking, fund management

Skin Stress Score

60.7

Top Skin-Stressing Factors:

  • Often working late

  • Working long hours in front of a screen

  • Long periods sitting down

What It Means for Your Skin

Excessive time spent in front of a screen can affect the quality of your sleep, leading to fine lines and dark circles, while sitting down for a large part of the day can result in poor circulation which can decrease the normal strength and elasticity of the skin.

What You Need

A soothing cleanser and high-intensity hydrating ingredients will ensure skin is as soft, smooth and soothed as possible. Just add daily SPF.

Use all of these products morning and night, except our Dr Glycolic Pads, which should be used 2-3 times a week.

The BEAUTY PIE Finance and Banking Skincare Kit

Product
1Super Healthy Skin™ Hot Oil Double Cleansing Balm
2Dr Glycolic™ Multi-Acid (6.5%) Micropeeling Pads
3Superdrops™ High Intensity Hydration
4Jeju Daily AM/PM Moisture Superinfusion™
GET THE KIT

10. The Hospitality and Tourism Industry Skincare Routine

Chefs, waiters, hotel managers, tour guides, sommeliers

Skin Stress Score

65.8

Top Skin-Stressing Factors:

  • Feeling stressed every day

  • Working late

  • Long time spent commuting

  • Eating unhealthy food

What It Means for Your Skin

Eating unhealthy food on the job can cause breakouts in the skin and increased redness and fine lines. This, especially when paired with stress, a long commute and working late, can result in a lack of essential skin-nourishing vitamins.

What You Need

Boosting your skincare with super-moisturising ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid will help to nourish and calm skin, helping to keep redness and fine lines at bay. (Don’t forget to add SPF!)

The BEAUTY PIE Hospitality and Tourism Skincare Kit

Product
1Triple Hyaluronic Acid Elastic Lifting Eye Serum
2Triple Hyaluronic Acid Lipopeptide Serum
3Triple Hyaluronic Acid Deep Moisture Miracle Cream
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BEAUTY PIE Triple Hyaluronic Acid Kit

11. The Energy Industry Skincare Routine

Engineers, scientists, field workers

Skin Stress Score

68.8

Top Skin-Stressing Factors:

  • Being outside in extreme temperatures in winter and summer

  • Feeling stressed every day

  • Long hours on the phone

  • Long hours commuting

What It Means for Your Skin

If your skin is regularly in contact with a phone, you are more likely to spread bacteria onto the skin’s surface, causing irritation and potential breakouts. The time spent commuting can also aggravate the skin, as the increased exposure to pollution causes ‘oxidative stress’ to skin cells which can weaken the skin barrier and trigger inflammation.

What You Need

Antioxidants are a great addition to skincare products in order to keep skin protected. Niacinamide has blemish-fighting properties, and to counter the effects of pollution, add a free-radical fighting Vitamin C to your routine.

The BEAUTY PIE Energy Industry Skincare Kit

Product
1Superdrops™ Brightening Niacinamide (10%)
2Superactive Capsules Pure Double Vitamin C & Vitamin E Serum
3Super Retinol (+ Vitamin C) Night Renewal Moisturiser
4Super Healthy Skin™ FeatherLight UVA/UVB SPF 50 Sunscreen + Primer
GET THE KIT

12. The Construction Industry Skincare Routine

Quantity surveyors, roofers, electricians and builders

Skin Stress Score

70.5

Top Skin-Stressing Factors:

  • Being outside in extreme temperatures in summer and winter

  • Wearing a mask

  • Being inside with no natural light

What It Means for Your Skin

For quantity surveyors, roofers, brick masons and the many other professions within construction are likely to experience itchiness and irritation as a result of their exposure to extreme weathers. Wearing masks can also lead to breakouts and acne.

What You Need

A hard-working daily cleanser and an ultimate, all-round anti-ageing moisturiser are a perfect pairing for simple but effective skincare. Just add daily SPF. This kit contains a beautifully deluxe body moisturiser, too, to restore hard working bodies after a long day.

The BEAUTY PIE Construction Workers Skincare Kit

Product
1Japanfusion™ Pure Transforming Cleanser
2Super Healthy Skin™ Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream
3Super Healthy Skin™ Deluxe Moisture Body Crème
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BEAUTY PIE Bestseller Trio Kit

13. The Science and Pharmaceuticals Industry Skincare Routine

Biomedical scientists and pharmacists, food technologists and neuroscientists

Skin Stress Score

74.4

Top Skin-Stressing Factors:

  • Often working late

  • Working at night

  • Working around aircon

  • Being outside in extreme temperatures in summer and winter

What It Means for Your Skin

Working around air-conditioning can reduce the moisture in indoor environments leaving skin feeling dry, irritated and itchy. Working late or at night can lead to sleep deprivation which can worsen dark circles under the eyes and make the area puffy and swollen. Working outside in the heat can result in overexposure to the sun leading to premature skin ageing.

What You Need

Dry skin will benefit from hydrating ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid. Focus on dark circles by using a hard-working eye cream, too. Just add SPF.

The BEAUTY PIE Science and Pharmaceuticals Skincare Kit

Product
1Triple Hyaluronic Acid Elastic Lifting Eye Serum
2Triple Hyaluronic Acid Lipopeptide Serum
3Triple Hyaluronic Acid Deep Moisture Miracle Cream
GET THE KIT

If this has got you thinking about how you can give your skin the TLC it deserves, check out the full BEAUTY PIE skincare range.  

Methodology The research reveals which professions (from a total of 13 industries) are best and worst for your skin by quantifying which experience 18 'skin-stressing' factors the most, for example working late, stress and working in front of a computer screen for hours each day. 

To rank the professions, a 'skin stress index score' was created - the professions were compared against each other for each of the skin-stressing factors and were then allocated a score (from 1-13, 1 being the best and 13 being the worst). The scores for each profession were totalled (a total of 234 points was on offer) to create an overall skin stress score, and this was then converted to an index score out of 100. A high score is bad and means that working in that profession could be bad for your skin health. A low score is good and means that profession doesn't expose skin to as many skin stressing factors.

Survey, executed by Censuswide – 3,000 UK respondents aged 16 and above

All data can be accessed here.


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