In today’s technology-driven society, you may have one or mobile devices you use frequently off and on throughout the day. In addition to using a cell phone, you might also use an iPod for apps, games, and music, and a tablet for browsing the web and reading ebooks during the relaxing evening hours. However, what you may not know is that these mobile devices could be putting your skin and beauty at risk.
Here’s how your cell phone and mobile device habits could be affecting your skin health, as well as steps you can take to protect your skin.
The act of looking directly down at your cell phone throughout the day can contribute to the development of wrinkles below your chin and around your neck. Additionally, squinting to read small text on your screen can lead to crow’s feet around your eyes. To prevent signs of aging, especially in your neck region, start using one or more anti-aging products that can specifically help your neck appear more youthful. Ideal products you can use to help smooth out wrinkles on your neck are Rejuve’neck by Monarch and Hydrate Facial Moisturizer by Obagi.
A relatively new study published in the journal Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonology found that the chromium and nickel in cell phones can trigger dermatitis in both children and adults. If you’ve noticed you’ve developed a rash on your hands or on the side of the face you use when talking on your cell phone, your skin could be experiencing an allergic reaction to these chemical elements. The best way to resolve this particular problem is to enclose your cell phone in a plastic casing and cover the screen with a clear protector that can prevent your skin from being directly exposed to the elements.
The average mobile device carries more bacteria than the handle on a toilet, which means that having conversations frequently and touching your face after handling your device can lead to problems with acne. Over time, your cell phone can accumulate old makeup and sweat that transfers back onto your skin whenever you use your device. Get into the habit of washing your hands after using your mobile device, and clean your phone regularly using wipes specifically made for cleaning electronics.
You may also want to buy a Bluetooth earpiece or hands-free attachment so you don’t have to hold the phone against your face. To battle acne, use skin care products such as Amino Mask by Bioelements, A.G.E. Interrupter by Skinceuticals, and Active Serum by iS Clinical -- all of which can help resolve acne problems.
If you’re an excessive cell phone user, you may be experiencing problems with dark spots as a result of using a hot, overheated cell phone. The heat emitted by your cell phone when in use for a long period of time can result in melanin imbalance, and lead to the formation of dark spots and pigmentation issues. If you plan on having a long telephone conversation, either put your phone in speaker mode, or use a hands-free earpiece.
Within the past several months, a number of different studies have proven that cell phone usage late at night can lead to problems with sleep and insomnia. The blue light that emanates from most mobile devices can impact your internal circadian sleep rhythm, and lead to poor-quality sleep. Get into the habit of ceasing all mobile device usage at least two hours before bedtime.
If you typically use mobile devices to help you relax, find other ways to relax that don’t involve hands-on technology. Take a warm bath, listen to soothing music, or read a book instead. If you’re having problems eliminating the bags under your eyes, use skin care products such as Eye Repair by SkinMedica or Lumiere Eye Cream with PSP by Neocutis to restore youth to your eyes.
Have your cell phones habits wreaked havoc on your skin and appearance? Request a consultation with Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center, or call us today at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing offices, or at (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City location to learn more about your options for achieving beautiful skin.