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Tech Neck: Myth or Fact?

February 16th, 2017

Tech Neck

Rumour has it that using your smartphone causes can cause a symptom called ‘tech neck.’ Is this a myth or fact? According to dermatologists it is actually true! Constantly bending our necks to look at any type of screen leads to premature ageing. Most people between the ages of 18 to 39 do it at least 150 times a day without even realising! It leads to sagging skin, dropping jowls and creases above your clavicle. It can also lead to more lines and creases around your chin and neck area. 

The skin on the neck is very thin and fragile as it produces less oil than elsewhere on the body as it contains less sebaceous glands, less elasticity and limited melanocytes – cells that give colour to skin and protect from UV rays.

So how can you prevent tech neck? Our therapists reveal their top tips:

  1. Develop a specific skincare routine for your neck

Most of us have a solid skincare routine for the face, but many completely ignore the neck area. Both should be treated with just as much care. We recommend to start with your favourite Omorovicza cleanser, then tone with the Queen of Hungary Mist. Prepare the skin for further treatment with Omoressence, followed by the Firming Neck Cream.

  1. Adjust your computer monitor so that it’s at eye level

Ensure your screen is at eye level as this will stop you from straining your neck forward. In addition, avoid resting your chin on your hands while staring at your computer as this leads to unnecessary stretching of the skin around the neck.

  1. Exercise your neck

Start with a side neck stretch - place four of your right hand fingers on the left hand side of your forehead, then place your left hand on your shoulder.  Pull your head to the right and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat on the other side. Then, place your index fingers on either side of your chest, look up, and begin moving your fingers up and down your neck. Repeat 20 times.

  1. Maintain hydration levels

We need to be hydrated hydration to ensure we have a healthy complexion. To prevent tech neck it is important to keep our spine discs healthy too. As they are made up mostly of water, it is important to consume at least 8 glasses of water per day to keep them nourished.

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