We get it — screens are a necessary part of daily life. Especially while a significant portion of the population is working from home, you might be looking at a screen even more than usual. You may have heard warnings about blue-light radiation from screens or how screen time might affect your sleep, but we’re here to add 1 more thing to the list of screen-related skin consequences — tech neck. If you spend as much time as we do on our phones, you’re probably already experiencing tech neck, which could be contributing to fine lines and sagging. So what is tech neck, and how do you prevent it? Keep reading for answers.
What Is Tech Neck?
The skin on our necks is extremely similar to the skin under our eyes. Without sebaceous glands to secrete sebum (natural oil), the skin ages more quickly and is slower to heal. Because the skin on your neck is extremely thin, every head movement takes a toll. Constantly craning your neck to text, scroll, and read places strain on your neck and can lead to the formation of horizontal wrinkles in the middle of your neck.
How To Prevent it?
Extend Your SPF Application
You know you should be applying SPF every day, but how often do you include your neck in on the action? SPF will prevent the breakdown of collagen which causes fine lines and wrinkles. For everyday use, try a sunscreen that also has nourishing properties. SLMD’s Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15 is a moisturizer and sunscreen in one lightweight, oil free formula. A great option for those of us who wear makeup consistently is a mineral powdered broad-spectrum sunscreen like SLMD’s UV Bounce, which can also be used as a setting powder. Makeup experts recommend extending your foundation and powder to your neck to prevent a color disparity, and this is no exception!
Double Down on Moisturizing
Because the skin on your neck is slightly different from the skin on your face, it needs different products. You might be using a lighter moisturizer on your face to prevent breakouts, but your neck needs creams or serums that contain peptides, hyaluronic acid and shea butter. Peptides are strings of amino acids, which form collagen in our skin. Without peptides, skin is more susceptible to fine lines and wrinkles. Moisturizers that contain amino acids, like SLMD’s Facial Moisturizer, will help skin maintain a smooth texture. Hyaluronic Acid is a hydrator that can hold 1,000 times its weight in water and when in topical products, it can pull all of this moisture into the deeper layers of your skin. It is the active ingredient in SLMD’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum, which sinks into the skin to hydrate from the inside out. Shea Butter is another nourishing ingredient that heals and conditions skin. It can be found in SLMD’s Glycolic Acid Body Lotion, which combats the buildup of keratin and dead skin cells by locking in hydration.
When you’re deep in an Instagram scrolling session, try to hold your phone at eye level rather than looking down at your phone. This will take some pressure off your neck and avoid your neck skin from creasing. You might also consider limiting your time looking at screens if you can. We know — it’s easier said than done, but taking a break to go on a walk or sit outside will give your neck and eyes a break!
Screens are unavoidable — many of us rely on our phones to work or study, and there’s only so much we can do to limit our screen time. Now that you’re in the know and aware of tech neck, try devoting some of the time and care you spend on your face to your neck as well!