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Is technology harming your skin?

February 04, 2020

Is technology harming your skin?

Ways Your Phone And Computer Are Aging Your Skin

In today's modern world, we are surrounded by technology and its devices. From cellphones and computers to laptops, even flat screens, it is part of our everyday life, some of which we can’t live without. But what we can live without is the damage these devices are having on our skin.

Damage? Yes, you read, right. While these devices offer many benefits, they do come with their share of drawbacks. Including tech neck and acne, to putting your skin at risk for premature aging caused by overexposure to electromagnetic radiation and the blue light.

 

Skin Damage Caused From Blue Light Energy

Evolving research has shown that long-term blue light energy, a.k.a. high-energy visible (HEV) light can cause skin damage. Including inflammation, wrinkles, and even weakening of the skin’s surface. Simply put, blue light promotes stressors in the skin that cause photo-aging (premature aging of the skin caused by repeated exposure to ultraviolet radiation, from artificial UV sources as well as the sun.)

 

What Are We To Do?

Getting rid of our digital devices isn’t a realistic option, and sorry, while that snap-chat filter may be a temporary fix on that photo you posted, it is doing nothing for the blue light these devices emanate in your real life.

So, if you want to find out how screen time is aging your skin and some tips to help prevent, treat, and maintain, continue reading.

 

Isn't The Sun A Source Of Blue Light

Yes, it is. But the difference is our digital devices are much closer to us than the sun. This constant “close-up,” adds up, and this is where the issues arise. In contrast, the sun's blue light UV is more diffused as it is much further away, and let’s face it most people, especially millennials, are outdoors much less than they are using their phones at a Starbucks.

 

How Can You Protect Your Skin From Over Blue Light Exposure

There are a few things we are going to suggest. First, for those of you that work in front of a computer all day long, get a blue light screen protector for your computer screen. You can easily find these on Amazon or place like Best Buy.

Another option is the placement of your computer. The layout of a workstation is an essential element of exposure.

 

Blue Light Filters 

Major operating systems have acknowledged the dangers of blue light and provided blue light filters, so check to see if your device offers this. Also, if you have Windows 10 on your laptop, there is a setting that will allow you to reduce blue light emission at set times automatically.

 

Skincare Products To Help With Blue Light Exposure

In terms of blue light blocking skincare, you want to look for products high in antioxidants as well as products formulated to defend our skin against free radicals caused by blue light and other environmental stressors. At Posie Cosmetics, we offer a variety of products that can help to protect your skin from HEV light. See some of them below.

  • Fresh Berry Cleanser
  • Vitamin C Serum
  • Refresh Cream Gel
  • Sahara Rose Bubble Mask

Lastly, always apply a skincare product that contains zinc oxide, which is a physical UV skincare blocker that will block and reflect UV and blue light to prevent skin damage! Our DAY CREAM is the perfect blue light defense skincare option.

 

Your Phone Is Causing Your Face To Breakout

Cell phones carry ten times more bacteria than most toilet seats, Yuk, but it is true! Think about where that bad boy has been, and then you are putting this on your face. Plus, thanks to the heat of our phones, the microbes can multiply. 

Aside from the dirt and bacteria, friction is another thing that can cause a breakout. And if you are continuously placing your cell phone against your face, you are pushing those microbes into the skin, which can irritate and cause your pores to clog.

 

Solutions To Keep The Skin Acne Free:  

While you can’t always have your phone on speaker, keeping a microfiber cloth or UV cell phone sanitizer close by is a must. We also suggest a hands-free microphone or earplugs, which is much less intrusive. And lastly, you want to clean and treat your skin with products that feature acne-fighting skincare ingredients, like our PURIFYING ACNE KIT.

 

Tech Neck

Since the creation of the smartphone, internet, and online technology, more and more people are keeping their heads down a lot more. 

Spending hours upon hours hunched over, looking down from responding to emails, texting, writing, posting on social media, reading, or in some cases, all the above. Unfortunately, this constant downward gazing can lead to wrinkles and creases around the neck and chin, sagging skin, dropping jowls, stiff neck, turkey neck, and more.

 

How To Combat Tech Neck And Sagging Skin

While you could go to a dermatologist and pay money for Botox, micro-needling, fillers, and skin tightening treatments, these can be costly. So, before you go and invest in those, there are some preventive measures to help with your tech neck wrinkles.

 

Skincare Products To Help With Tech Neck

The neck seems to be one area many forget about when it comes to their skincare regimen. But treating your neck is just as important as treating your face. This means, applying sunscreen, moisturizers, a retinol, or even an anti-aging cream that is formulated just for the neck and décolletage. Or, better yet, spread your skincare onto your neck area instead of wiping the access on a towel. 

 

How Changing The Position Of Your Devices Can Help With Tech Neck

The constant looking down is a leading culprit, hence consider changing the position of your computer or cellphone.

  • Hold your cell phone at eye level instead of looking down.
  • Keep your computer monitor at eye level or slightly higher. 

 

Tech Neck Treatment Exercises

Aside from the devices themselves, there are some approaches we can take to help stretch the neck muscles and train the body to keep the head in correct alignment. See some of these below. 

  • Neck rotation exercises
  • Face yoga
  • Arch and stretch
  • Take computer or phone breaks, either by setting the alarm or adding a tech neck app. 

 

In conclusion, there is no single approach to help with these issues caused by our cellphones and computers. The key is to be aware, take breaks, and apply as many preventive measures before it is too late!