You might not realise it, but every time you talk, text or even scroll through social media on your cell phone, you're putting your skin at risk. Here's five ways your phone is ruining your skin and what you can do about it.
The next time you break out in a rash on your face (or even your hand), it could be worth considering your phone as the culprit. A recent study in the journal of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonology proved that the nickel and chromium in cell phone casings could cause a reaction called allergic contact dermatitis. But the good news is, not all cell phone brands contain the rash-inducing nickel, and not everyone is sensitive to the mineral. If you do suffer from sensitive skin, try covering your phone in a plastic case and cover your screen with a clear protector to prevent irritation on your face and fingers.
Under eye circles
All those long nights of staring at your phone can put a real strain on your eyes. In fact, the blue light radiating from your cell phone and other devices such as laptops and tablets can throw off your internal sleep rhythm, meaning it’s harder to fall asleep and you spend less time in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which is important because it is the restorative part of your sleep cycle. Help prevent puffy, dark circles by putting your phone down at least an hour before bed and invest in an anti-ageing eye cream.
Known as ‘tech neck’, constantly looking down at your phone creates repetitive movements, which can result in increased creasing of the neck, while squinting at the too-small screen can cause crow’s feet around the eyes. To help stop cell phone induced wrinkles in their tracks, ensure you’re practicing good posture, looking straight ahead (instead of down) and adopt a good skincare routine for your face and neck. It’s best to use products that promote cell renewal, such as with a retinoid, a light glycolic acid for chemical exfoliation, and sunscreen.
According to one study, our cell phones have more bacteria on them than public restrooms. So when you place the phone on your skin to make a call, your skin is not only in direct contact with the bacteria, but it also starts to perspire and traps oil and dirt in your pores which eventually leads to breakouts. The easiest way to stop this from happening is by cleaning your cell phone every couple of days with a monitor wipe or by investing in an earpiece.
Just like a computer, your cell phone can overheat which can cause some major skin issues. According to a recent study, that added heat could mess with your melanin production, causing dark spots and discolouration to form. So if you need to talk on your phone for an extended period of time, it’s best to go hands-free. You should also make sure to give your skin a good dose of antioxidant protection, which can help reverse the damage and brighten the skin. Look for serums with ingredients like vitamin C, E, and niacin.