I have to admit, I’m on my phone a lot. It’s like a computer, organizer, camera, map, AND phone in one. But as convenient as all that is, did you know that it could be taking a toll on your skin—possibly even contributing to premature aging? Skincare isn’t just about finding the best face wash or going to the spa every now and then, it’s about our daily actions. Make sure your tech devices aren’t negatively affecting your skin in any of these ways:
Bacteria and Tech. Since our phones and tech devices are held in our hands, they inevitably pick up whatever we touch. That means doors, bags, items on our shopping lists—all are touched by our hands. That’s not such a big deal until you think about using your hand to touch the phone, then touching your face with the phone, directly afterward. That’s a lot of bacteria to transfer! Combat this by keeping a non-drying hand sanitizer in your bag at all times, and be sure to regularly wipe down your tech with surface wipes.
Wrinkles and Tech. When your head is always looking down, it’s not only bad for your neck and shoulders, it can lead to wrinkles there too, especially since skin on the neck is very sensitive. I try to limit my time spent looking straight down anyway as it can cause SO much unwanted tension, but we’re probably all doing it more than we want to be. Investing in a tightening serum or night cream will help offset the effects.
Stress and Tech. Lastly, those who are plugged in 24/7, especially for their jobs, tend to have stress associated with these activities. Whether it’s the physical stress of starting at a screen or sitting without proper posture all day (yikes, who’s guilty?) or the mental stress of having a high-pressure job that involves constant communication, there’s a lot of ways our digital world an affect us in not-so-great ways. Stress can actually cause skin issues, such as breakouts and rashes, not to mention those infamous tired eyes… Make sure unplug regularly!
In the end, it’s important to know how all sorts of factors affect skin health, inside and out!
Do you have any skincare secrets to share?
PS: Read more of my skincare secrets here.