Yes, it really is a thing. If you don’t believe me, just look around! People of all walks of life from every corner of the planet, no matter whether they are walking, standing or sitting, are all doing one thing in common…Staring down at their phones!
We all know that electronics can have some not so great effects. It can strain your eyes, it can cause higher stress levels, and I have discovered in my research, that people are actually going to rehab for addiction to their cell phones!
Bet you didn’t know it could make you look older too! All that time staring down at your cell phone can cause TECH NECK! This is a term used to describe the lines and wrinkles caused by this condition. Tech neck is also associated with skin laxity, crepiness, double chin and wrinkles. Constant bending and persistent motion puts tension on the muscle, in turn, creating a wrinkle that appears in response to movement. Over time, that wrinkle will turn into a wrinkle that is always there, with movement or without.
The skin of the neck is thinner than other parts of the body and much more vulnerable to fine lines and sagging.
Choosing a good skin care regimen and making sure to extend it past your face and all the way down the neck will surely do wonders. I see lots of people making the mistake of only treating the face. A good vitamin C serum, paired with a good retinol at night will work well together to stimulate collagen and exfoliate. And don’t forget the sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Also look for products that are hydrating with wrinkle smoothing ingredients such as peptides, growth factors in addition to the retinol and Vitamin C I mentioned previously.
Botox can be of help also, relaxing the muscles so they contract less and prevent those lines that will eventually become permanent.
For those who already have developed a “double chin”, there is always the plastic surgery option, but for those who prefer a non-surgical option, there is Kybella. Kybella is a treatment in the form of injections that destroys fat cells and eliminates neck fat. This is fairly new and is showing great results!
For those who like a quick fix and desire help with deep lines in their neck, hyaluronic fillers can provide instant gratification.
Radiofrequency treatments can also help with generation of collagen and tightening of the skin. A fairly new treatment, Fractora, combines radiofrequency and micro needling for even better results, also helping with texture, pigment and redness.
So, before you toss your smart phone in the trash (yeah right), try some of these preventative measures and know you are better off!