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- Using mobile phones is wreaking havoc with our faces
- Causes all sorts of ailments from sagging jaws to tech neck
- Experts share the ways you can beat the effects
Whilst we know that overuse of phones can damage our vision and health, have you ever stopped to consider that your daily session on Snapchat could be making you look older and uglier? According to skincare experts, using mobile phones is wreaking havoc with our faces, causing all sorts of ailments from sagging jaws and forehead creases to tired eyes and tech neck. Whether scrolling through Instagram or texting friends, the average user checks their phone 85 times a day, spending a total of five hours looking at their device; that’s around a third of the time that the person is awake. So is your face a victim of your phone addiction?
We’ve called on the best dermatologists to share the tell-tale signs that you’re overusing your phone and the clever ways you can fix it.
From squinty lines to dark spots, there’s plenty of weird ways your mobile phone is rapidly ageing your face. We’ve called on a host of experts to explain how and reveal the ways you can prevent it
Tired eyes and squint lines
Whether it s glare from the screen, reading font that is too small or straining to read a phone in bright sunlight, repetitive squinting can cause pronounced lines and wrinkles around the eyes, as well as frown lines between eyes. As Glenn Carp, Ophthalmic Surgeon at the London Vision Clinic explains, spending long bouts of time staring at your phone can wreak havoc with your eyesight. He explains: ‘Most of us are already aware that sitting at your computer screen all day can be detrimental to your vision. You are encouraged to take regular breaks from working at your desk.
‘However, with the prevalence of smart phones having saturated the mobile industry, most of these breaks tend to be concentrated on our phone- checking personal emails or the latest tweet and not allowing us to truly break the cycle.
‘When we use our near vision in this way for long periods of time, we only blink for around four to seven times per minute. Our usual rate of blinking is more like 18 to 20 times per minute, so this is a significant reduction- it can cause symptoms such as dry eyes and blurred vision.’
‘Taking regular breaks away from any screen, drinking plenty of water and making sure you blink regularly should help to avoid these symptoms.’
As Glenn Carp, Ophthalmic Surgeon at the London Vision Clinic explains, spending long bouts of time staring at your phone can wreak havoc with your eyesight
Speaking on your phone for long periods of time can lead to bad acne, warns dermatologist Dr. Justine Hextall of The Harley Medical Group. She said: ‘Your phone can accumulate a lot of bacteria. 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 even trap oil in the pores.
‘Worse yet, the pressure of the phone on your skin creates blemishes so wipe your phone daily with antibacterial wipes to remove the majority of the bacteria that is building up.
‘Also ensure that you’re using acne-fighting products if this is a condition you re prone to. The Avene Cleanance Expert regulates the production of sebum (oil) to mattify the skin, limits the spread of acne causing bacteria and reduces redness and inflammation.’
Sarah Chapman, a top London facialist, suggests thoroughly wiping down your mobile device with alcohol wipes on a daily basis. Emma, from Dr Frances Prenna Jones, has shared her foolproof guide to clearing your skin for good – and it’s a lot more straightforward than you think.
Your phone can accumulate a lot of bacteria. 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 even trap oil in the pores
When people try new skincare routines, few would consider acid as an addition to their everyday regime.
But Emma maintains that you shouldn’t be intimidated by acids because they’re one of the most popular and effective treatments for the skin. She favours salicylic, which she advises washing your skin with twice a week.
‘Use Dr Frances Prenna Jones Super Clean daily; it is packed with super-effective antibacterial salicylic acid and enzymes which boost cell turnover for brighter, younger looking skin.
‘Then use an Agera salicylic wash about twice a week,’ she advises. ‘It’s 20 per cent salicylic, which is the only acid that penetrates at a pore depth so will dissolve what’s in the pores and is anti-inflammatory.
‘Acne is not just one thing – it’s dehydration, it’s excessive oiliness, inflammation, swelling and bacteria. Salicylic wash targets lots of those things; it’s fantastic for taking down inflammation and clearing out the bacteria and congestion.’
Tech neck and tense jaw
Tech Neck is another common concern for those who overuse their phone. When you re constantly looking down at your phone or tablet, you re causing horizontal wrinkles on your neck and d colletage. The neck and d colletage are highly visible parts of our body, and one of the most biggest indicators of aging skin. Most of us take special care of the skin on the face but often forget the neck and below. The skin structure of the neck and d colletage is much thinner and more fragile than the face.
Considering that this skin is more delicate and vulnerable, it s important to apply a product that is specially formulated with tightening and smoothing benefits, in addition to the richer hydration that a traditional moisturiser doesn t provide. Inge Theron, founder of FaceGym and FT Spa Junkie, says it’s important to start at the root cause of the problem so try and implement a ‘digital downtime’ for a few hours every day. Dinner is a great place to start; turn your phone off so you are not tempted by the blings and spend time doing what you love – read a book, take a walk, prepare dinner or meditate and get back into yourself.
Eat plenty of vitamin C, found in leafy greens and berries, which is crucial for building collagen – the most important thing for keeping your skin looking firmer and younger when phone face strikes
If you are suffering from ‘tech neck’, very simple head stretches can work wonders. Place your right hand on your left side of the head and left hand on the base of the neck and shoulder and gentle pull the head to the right – you should feel a lovely and tender neck stretch. Repeat on the other side and do five of these a day, in the morning and evening. Working the platysma (the big muscle that runs from your jawline to your shoulder) is also very useful. Sit with an erect spine, pull your lips back against your teeth, and turn the corners of your mouth downward, open your mouth slightly, and activate the muscles of your jaw. Keep your lips pressed firmly against your teeth and the corners of your mouth turned down. The tendons on your neck should stand out. Wiggle your lower jaw up and down start with just five and work up to ten exercises.
For those who are already experiencing the saggy jowls from smart phone face, it’s important you use targeted products for lifting and shaping and not just moisturising. Apply along the jowls rubbing in the direction towards the heart and not the other way around. ‘I’d also invest in the new FaceGym Face Ball; it works wonders to release tension between the eyes, the jaw and can be used to lift saggy skin,’ she said. Vitamin C, found in leafy greens and berries, is crucial for building collagen – the most important thing for keeping your skin looking firmer and younger.
Our tablets emit blue light, which travel on a wavelength similar to that of UV rays. Because of this, many experts have raised concern that blue light can have similar effects as UV rays on the skin, including dark spots.
There isn’t extensive research on the topic yet but it’s advisable to use a factor 50 suncream every single day and replenish skin with a cream rich in antioxidants.
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A model poses for photographs with LG Electronics’ new smartphone G5 during its launch event in Taipei. Reuters
South Korean Electronics giant LG has confirmed that it is going to launch a new premium smartphone in its ‘V series’ in September, expecting that the device will help its struggling mobile business recover from disappointing sales. LG said its upcoming device V20 will be the first product to run on Google’s latest version of its Android mobile operating system called Nougat. However, it did not disclose any other details about the model. The last smartphone in the ‘V series’ was named V10, which was launched in October last year. The smartphone’s big highlights were the secondary Always On display and the dual front camera setup.
LG has two main premium phone series and its G5 phone which was launched in March. However the G5 phone performed below expectations following some initial production difficulties resulting into the company’s fifth straight quarter of operating loss for April-June. The company is hoping that the launch of new products will help to improve its performance in the third quarter.
Apple Inc which is one of the biggest competitors of the firm is expected to launch new iPhones in September, while Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said it will unveil its next Galaxy Note smartphone soon.
- Police stop man using his mobile phone, find three kilos of meth on Friday
- Saturday a man was caught moving 10 kilos in a suitcase in St John’s Park
- Hours later they recovered ?1.4 million in cash in a house on Canberra St
- Afterwards, a raid on a house in Marrickville uncovered 76.7kgs of meth
A routine traffic stop by police of a driver who was talking on his mobile phone has led to the seizure of nearly ?45 million worth of methamphetamine. Police said they pulled a 26-year-old man over in Haymarket, in inner Sydney, on Friday after they spotted him using his phone while driving. Superintendent Danny Doherty, operations manager for the Central Metropolitan Region, says the man’s demeanour prompted officers to take a closer look.
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In a series of raids over the weekend, officers recovered 90 kilograms of the methamphetamine, with a street value of ?45million (pictured)
‘His behaviour, mannerisms and certain other information they had formed an opinion they had to search the vehicle – three kilos of meth were allegedly found in the car,’ Superintendent Doherty told reporters on Sunday. The discovery led police to stop a 30-year-old Marrickville man carrying a suitcase along Canberra Street in St Johns Park, in the city’s west, on Saturday afternoon. Inside the suitcase was another 10 kilograms of meth, police say.
Within hours police swooped on a home in the same street, where they arrested a 21-year-old man and allegedly seized ?1.4 million cash.
The raids began when police pulled over a man for talking on his phone while driving and found him to be acting suspicious
PIctured: Ann Street in Marrickville, where police uncovered 76.7 kilograms of meth
Another search warrant was executed at a home on Ann Street in Marrickville, where police say they found almost 76.7 kilograms of meth.
‘That equates to 900,000 street deals that have been prevented from hitting the streets, with an estimated street value of ?45 million. So that’s a significant impact on this network, he told reporters.
‘I was there last night, and to see nearly 77 kilos of meth in a room – that’s the largest amount of meth I’ve seen in 31 years in policing.’
The 30-year-old and the 21-year-old are in custody and will face Parramatta Local Court later on Sunday over proceeds of crime and drug charges. The 26-year-old man, from Hornsby in the city’s north, has already appeared in court and is expected to remain behind bars until he reappears in Central Local Court on Thursday. He has been charged with supplying a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug.
In a home on Canberra Street in St John’s Park, police found ?1.4million cash (pictured)
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