Is My Phone Hurting My Skin?
Is My Phone Hurting My Skin?
Yep! You heard that right!
Our life-line, our source of news, entertainment and connection.
Our device we use daily, could be contributing to skin issues like acne, dark spots, premature aging, wrinkles and more.
Let’s take a deep dive into the ways our phones could be impacting our skin and how to manage it the best we can.
On a daily basis our phone screens house over 25,000 forms of bacteria per square inch. Wow!
It has actually been proven that cell phones are THE dirtiest object we come in contact with daily…. more than even a toilet seat!
If the screen isn’t cleaned regularly, it can cause excess bacteria, breakouts, and irritation to the skin.
The best thing to do to reduce this issue, is to clean your phone screen regularly with a water and alcohol solution or phone case disinfectant.
Blue light is the portion of the visable light spectrum (380 to 500 nanometers) and comes from the sun but can be found from other sources like computer screen, cell phones and even florescent lighting.
We have started investing in Blue light Glasses because of the damage it can do to our eyes but what are we doing to shield blue light from our skin?
As a society we spend a significantly more amount of time in front of digital devices than ever before in yet the discussion of blue light and the effect it can have on your skin is rarely discussed.
High amounts of Blue light rays can lead to pigmentation, premature aging, wrinkles, redness and loss of collagen. So basically, the way you protect yourself from the sun you also need to protect yourself from blue light rays.
Luckily, there are some great ways to do this!
Wearing these SPF products daily, even when you aren’t in the sun, will ensure you are being protected.
Adding antioxidants to your routine like Vitamin C will also help give an added layer of protect like, Chic MD Triple C Serum.
Eye strain can happen when we stare at our devices for too long.
Eye strain often can lead to tired eyes and squinting the eyes for a long period of time.
By flexing those orbital eye muscles and contracting, you are causing an extended wrinkle for a longer period of time than intended. Remember when your mom used to tell you “if you make a face for too long it will stick that way?” Well…. That’s basically what is happening here.
You are contracting that eye muscle to create crows feet wrinkling and by doing it daily - over long periods of time it is creating wrinkles around the eyes faster than normal.
The best way to help this concern - is to be mindful of eye strain and squinting. Wearing protective (blue light) eyewear when in front of a device for long periods of time, being mindful of reading your phone in the dark while getting ready for bed and using a reparative and hydrating eye cream both morning and night. My favorites are Revision DEJ Eye and iS Clinical Youth Eye Complex.
Tech Neck is a term used to refer to neck lines that are created because you are looking down at your phone or computer for long periods of time.
Similar to #3 this is being caused by a continued action being done throughout the day to lead to a more permanent crease in the skin or in this case around the neck area.
The best way to correct this is to be mindful of when you are looking down for too long at a screen, and use a product to help hydrate, plump and protect the area from unwanted lines being created. Revision Nectifirm Advanced is one of the best products we have found for this concern and help to build collagen, tighten the skin, and decrease adipose (fat) tissue in the neck and jawline, BONUS!
Your phone houses large amounts of bacteria so clean your phone screen often. Apply Sunscreen and Vitamin C Daily, even when you are not in the sun to protect your skin from damaging Blue Ray light. Be mindful of straining your eyes for too long while surfing the web and use a hydrating and reparative eye cream daily. Take care of your neck and make sure to start using a neck cream to rebuild collagen and tighten the skin.
Cell phones are never going away, and to be honest I wouldn’t want them to, they are a wonderful way to connect with people, a source of entertainment and makes my life easier daily, but these tips and tricks will hopefully be helpful in being more mindful about how we use our devices and ways we can protect from unneeded damage.