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This is Why Texting is Giving You Premature Wrinkles


You’re going to reconsider a few things about your smartphone after reading this (and yes, we know you’re reading this on your mobile). Recent studies suggest that your cellphone is actually causing you to age faster. How? Researchers have linked scrolling through your social media feed and texting to causing premature neck wrinkles and a drooping face.

The skin on your neck makes for one of the thinnest and most delicate areas on your body, and is often overlooked when it comes to applying anti-aging potions and SPF prior to sun exposure—making it one of the first areas to show the tell-tale signs of aging. Factor in the constant craning of your neck while squinting at your smartphone screen and you have an instant recipe for fine lines and sagging.

Wrinkles, along with sagging of the neck and jowls, were previously considered a skin issue typically reserved for the 40-and-over set, but in recent years—due to the rise of smartphones and social media—it has become a problem for a much younger generation of women who have yet to hit their 20s. Now, and in addition to worrying about keeping breakouts at bay, young women have to think about preventing and treating lines as well.

Certainly, we’re not telling you to put your phones away for good, but you can slow down the aging process by giving your neck the same care and attention that you give your face. A small helping of sunscreen before heading out is a must—try the Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+ (US $38; AED/SAR 140)—to help maintain your youthful complexion. Below, we round up three formulas specifically designed for the delicate neck area to ensure that your skin stays supple and firm.


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