As if the slings and arrows of the sun weren’t war enough, now there’s another culprit that can prematurely age you – your smartphone.
Do you catch up on all 2,068 unread email messages while commuting? Incessantly scroll on Pinterest? Left swipe for days on Tinder?
All of these habits require you to look down for prolonged periods, which can cause sagging, wrinkling and visible rings around the neck. The modern ailment has a very fitting name – ‘Tech Neck’ – and it’s inching its way up a long list of other tech aches like Blackberry Thumb, Laptop Back and what we affectionately call iStrain (fatigued eyes).
Since the skin on your neck is thinner and more sensitive than other areas, persistently folding it in a repetitive motion, like looking down, takes its toll. It doesn’t do any favors for your profile, either (hello double chin) and can add decades to your posture (as we all know, the human head weights a whopping ten pounds, a fact courtesy of ‘Jerry McGuire’.)
So how can you stop Tech Neck in its tracks?
1. Treat the skin south of your face with plenty of TLC. That means whatever cleansers, exfoliants, serums, creams and SPFs you use on your mug should be carried all the way down to your chest area. This will help you ward off cosmetic procedures (not to mention scarves and turtlenecks) later in life. One to try as part of your daily beauty plan? Jan Marini Skin Research Marini Juveneck.
2. Apply neck cream twice daily, morning and night, with gentle but firm pressing motions that don’t tug the skin.
3. Keep your phone at eye level when you use it, even if it means everyone around you will think you’re taking a selfie. Heaven forbid.
4. And, more often than not, make an effort to reconnect with the environment around you. Put the phone down, step away from the glow of your screen and get back to nature every now and then. You’ll be amazed at what you’ve been missing.
Written by: Stephanie Simons