Mechanics do some of the most important work on earth. They keep our cars running our heavy machinery operational, and our airplanes safe. Without mechanics, the modern world would come to a grinding halt. What’s more, auto, aircraft, electrical, and other types of mechanics also have extremely physically and mentally taxing jobs. One of the most overlooked of the difficulties that comes with being a mechanic is how it impacts our skin health.
Today, we will discuss some common skin conditions that mechanics face, how mechanics can keep their hands, face, and other sensitives areas safe, and finally why all mechanics should use a powerful, once-daily moisturizer to keep their skin strong and healthy.
Mechanics Face These Common Skin Concerns
Mechanics make a living with their hands. While many of us are proud of this fact, that comes with a few unpleasant realities when it comes to skin health. Here are a few skin concerns which may impact auto mechanics.
Contact dermatitis: irritants such as solvents, grease, mineral oils, soaps, adhesives, and much more are part of the mechanic’s everyday working life. Alongside excessive hand washing, any one of these can cause contact dermatitis, which is generally a mild skin reaction to an irritant or allergen.
Dry skin syndrome: the most common skin condition on earth, dry skin can range from barely noticeable to downright disruptive. Men tend to ignore dry skin until we are bleeding, but that simply isn’t an option for those of us who use our hands to put food on the table. Instead, think of keeping your hands and elbows moisturized as routine maintenance for your skin.
Mechanical trauma: mechanics are also at the mercy of repetitive stress. Doing the same action over and over and over can be hell on skin. Using protective equipment and the right technique can certainly alleviate some of this concern.
Chemical exposure: although this has improved with regulations which have improved the safety of common products such as Liquid Wrench, auto mechanics are at a disproportionately high risk of developing certain cancers from exposure. Be sure that your garage is properly ventilated, adequate safety procedures are in place, and that you protect your skin, eyes, and lungs from dangerous chemicals.
How Garages Keep Mechanics Safe
To continue the thought of the previous section, how exactly are mechanics kept safe while on the job? While an auto mechanic will have a different working environment than an electrical mechanic, here are a few examples of common safety procedures which protect the skin, eyes, lungs, and more:
- Specialized spray booths: also known as paint booths, spray booths are vital for worker safety. Paint booths work by quickly and efficiently filtering air. Air contaminated by spray paint is sucked away, filtered, and returned with a ~98 percent or greater capture efficiency.
- Slip and fall prevention: slips, trips, and falls are the bane of OSHA’s existence. Every year, employers are cost billions of dollars and employees miss millions of work hours due to slip and fall related injuries.
- Skin safety: the skin is the largest organ in the human body, and it is absolutely vital in keeping the rest of us protected and healthy. Mechanics should consider using gloves, protective clothing, and always be cognizant of loose fitting or unnecessary clothing which may become tangled as they work
Routine Skin Maintenance for Mechanics
So now that we understand how mechanics are susceptible to common skin conditions and irritations including dry skin syndrome, how exactly can this be prevented? In addition to adhering to the safety guidelines at your workplace, we believe that specifically formulated moisturizer for working men’s hands is a must-own for all mechanics. Here’s how it works!
HEFF relief utilizes only the most powerful ingredients including essential amino acids. Our once-daily moisturizer is ideally suited for hardworking hands because it attacks dry skin in three ways:
- Occlusives work by creating a watertight barrier on the exterior of your skin. This not only prevents moisture from escaping, but also offers a layer of protection for mechanics on the job.
- Humectants actively draw moisture from the environment and from within the body to the surface of the skin. This allows for long lasting hydration which can continue for 24 hours or more.
- Emollients penetrate within the skin’s surface to restore, repair, and renew cracked and damaged skin. Think of a time when your knuckles may have been so dry they were visibly cracked or even bleeding. Emollients literally fill these gaps and leave your skin stronger and more resilient than ever.
HEFF Moisturizer for Men is Ideal for Mechanics’ Hands, Feet and Elbows
HEFF cream for hands, elbows and feet has been specifically formulated for working men. Harnessing the power of amino acids, our lotion is ideal for even the most dry, cracked skin. Think of once-daily HEFF as routine maintenance for your body. Shower, shave, apply daily moisturizing cream, and you are all set for a day of hard work or hard play.
For every tube of HEFF sold, we are proud to donate a tube to Operation Gratitude. This is a small way of giving back to the men and women who keep our country safe.