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For many, jockeying for a spot in overcrowded buses, jeepneys, and the MRT to get to work on time is an everyday struggle. It's difficult enough to wait in queue and still get stuck in traffic, but commuting also makes you sweat and exposes you to germs. And while you may be climbing the so-called corporate ladder so that you can finally afford a down payment on a brand-new car, what might get in the way is an affected performance at work due to a disheveling commute. Take note of these harmful effects of commuting, and avoid them to be the office MVP you truly are.  

Neck and back pain. Contorting your body to fit into that last inch inside the MRT, just to get to the office on time, will result in some bodily stiffness. Aside from random elbows shots hitting you everywhere, the neck and back tightness will drain your energy during the day and distract you from truly excelling at work. Exercise regularly to prep your body for difficult poses that even Yogis will find challenging.

Dust, UV rays and pollution. During the commute, your skin is exposed to pollution, dust, and UV rays. Use an umbrella, a face mask, or a cap to protect your skin from prematurely ageing, due to the sun’s damaging rays. Make sure that your daily routine includes a trusted facial care product to get rid of all the dirt and grime while protecting your skin from five different sun problems.

Health and energy decline. Unpredictable weather, secondhand smoke, noxious exhaust fumes—there are so many ways you can get sick by commuting. Take vitamins regularly and make it a point to eat a balanced diet. Do so and your chances of missing important meetings or presentations are lessened.

Stress and anxiety. Fatigue from the long hours spent on the road increases your stress level and can affect your work quality—which can truly hurt your chances when trying to get ahead in your career. Explore the many wonders of work-life balance, like not skimping on rest, and having a personal care routine that is rejuvenating. 

You lose your porma. This isn’t literally harmful, but in Manila, going to work via public transport feels like going to war. It’s up to you to make those at the office think otherwise. Sleep well, eat well, and consciously take care of your body and how you look. It might sound superficial, but its true: if you look good, you feel good. 

Don't let the harmful effects of commuting get in between you and your work. Prioritize taking care of yourself this year, and do so with a skin care product that lets you exude freshness and confidence throughout the day. Try Pond's Men Energy Charge Face Wash, made with coffee bean extracts that will keep your skin energized even after the toughest commute.

Take note: the company’s MVP is the man who arrives at the office, accomplishes his tasks flawlessly while looking energized, well-groomed and eager for the next project—whether his commute that day was horrible or not.  

This article was created by Summit StoryLabs in partnership with Pond's Men.

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