You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t have their cell phone on them at all times these days, but could this habit be to blame for your skin problems? As it turns out, your cell phone can have some surprising unwanted effects on your complexion.
1. Tech Neck
Constantly staring down at your phone can have some lasting effects on your skin. Dubbed “tech neck,” wrinkles under your chin and on your neck can form from this habit.
The solution? Give yourself a “screen time” time out for a few minutes throughout the day.
2. UV Damage
If you use your smartphone outside, studies show that its screen can act as a mirror and reflect UV rays from the sun onto your skin, enhancing the negative effects of sun damage.
3. Acne Breakouts
Have you ever thought about the amount of bacteria that builds up on your cell phone over the course of a day? Not to mention the fact that most of us don’t wash our phones on a regular basis. As a result, those germs and dirt can cause your skin to break out.
4. Puffy Eyelids
The blue light that your smartphone emits has been shown to interfere with the quality of your sleep, which can leave you waking up with bags under your eyes and tired-looking skin. Remedy this by breaking the habit of using your cell phone right before bed.