Have you ever looked into the mirror and instead of focusing on your pretty eyes or smile, you find your gaze landing on your neck? When did those lines get there? How did this happen without you even noticing? Since the advent of the smartphone, we’ve all been keeping our heads down a lot more. We spend hours of the day hunched over, texting friends, responding to emails, and reading the news. While it’s amazing to be able to communicate with friends and colleagues at any hour of the day, technology has taken a toll on our skin.
Yes, we’re talking about tech neck. Tech neck refers to pain and wrinkles that plague your neck and chest thanks to all of the time we spend on our phones and computers. As you crane your neck to use phones, tablets, and laptops, creases in the neck and chest form and deepen over time.
What are you to do? It’s not like you can ditch your smartphone anytime soon. You’re a busy woman with a career and social life to juggle. A phone is an essential part of your daily arsenal.
Younger women are flocking to dermatologists in droves to treat these tech neck wrinkles. Sure, you can join them and pay thousands of dollars for micro-needling or BotoxTM, but you do have better options. There are non-invasive and nonsurgical methods of dealing with tech neck. Have no fear, you aren’t stuck with tech neck wrinkles forever! We’re here to share the definitive guide to treating these fearsome wrinkles.
1. Reposition Your Phone
When you’re reading a text message, your natural instinct is to hold the phone at your chest and look down. Unfortunately, this does a number on your skin. To avoid this neck wrinkling pitfall, make a conscious effort to be aware of how you’re checking your messages and emails.
Change the angle at which you look at your phone to minimize the folding of your neck. You don’t need to always look down at your screens, creasing your neck and chest. Hold your phone higher so that it’s level with your face. That way, your neck doesn’t fold over itself. Eye-level screen gazing is a great start for preventing tech neck wrinkles.
2. Exercise Your Neck
Along with the wrinkles that develop, hunching over your screens can cause physical pain. Excessive screen time can result in back pain, a stiff neck and shoulders, and headaches. It can even damage your spine!
A proper exercise routine can minimize these effects and prevent further issues from arising. You can stretch out the tight, overactive muscles and realign your body into proper posture. Here are four easy exercises to remedy tech neck.
To practice the Baby Cobra, start by lying on your mat or floor, face down. Extend your legs behind you, keeping them on the mat as you place your hands directly under your shoulders. Tuck your chin into your neck and keep your gaze on the floor. Gently take your hands off the ground and squeeze your shoulder blades together. At the same time, raise your legs and contract your glutes. Return your limbs to the mat, and repeat this motion 8 to 12 times.
Cobra With External Rotation
Continue lying face down on your mat for the next tech neck exercise. Place your arms palm down at a 45 degree angle to your body. Keep your chin tucked, and lift your legs off the ground. While you contract your glutes, squeeze your shoulder blades together and lift your torso off the ground. Rotate your palms so that your thumbs face upwards as you lift your arms. Do 8 to 12 repetitions of this exercise for maximum benefit.
Start lying face down with your legs extended behind you. Tuck your chin again, but this time, extend your arms past your head in a V formation. Keep your core engaged, and raise your arms, rotating your palms inwards so the thumbs rise. Then, squeeze your glutes and lift your legs. Repeat this exercise 8 to 12 times.
Upward Facing Dog
Upward Facing Dog is another popular yoga position that really stretches your neck. While you are lying face down, place your hands close to your shoulders and press into the ground. Lift your torso off the ground and keep your shoulders aligned above your wrists. Tilt your head back, opening your chest as you push upwards towards the ceiling. For best results, do 8 to 12 repetitions.
Start on your hands and knees with your back in a tabletop position. Look directly at the floor and maintain a neutral spine. Extend your left leg behind you and reach your right arm forward. Engage your core and keep your hips and shoulders square. Be sure to keep your back flat. After three seconds, return to the starting position and repeat with the opposite limbs. Repeat this exercise 8 to 12 times on each side.
3. Exfoliate Your Neck
While we’re all for a triage of face creams, your skin care shouldn’t end at your jawline. Wrinkles are not solely relegated to your face -- neck wrinkles are a very common nuisance. While performing your daily skincare routine, be sure to include your neck.
Exfoliate your neck and chest once per week. Instead of using harsh products, choose a mask, a mild scrub, or a peel. We recommend using our Décolleté Cleansing Discs. The discs exfoliate and clear your pores of impurities. With clearer pores and fresh skin, your other products and treatments can penetrate the skin deeper and more effectively.
4. Reduce and Prevent Wrinkles Overnight
It’s important to choose products that both reduce visible wrinkles, and prevent new ones from forming. For dual action wrinkle repair and prevention, use the SiO Beauty SkinPad. These revolutionary pads treat the chest while you sleep.
Each SkinPad is custom fitted for the décolleté and can be worn by women of all ages. Wear it overnight to restore collagen, smooth wrinkles, and prevent future creases from forming.
5. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Finish your skincare routine with a much-needed boost of hydration. As we age, our skin loses its natural hydration and elasticity, making us more prone to dry and wrinkled skin.
To combat these effects of aging, use the SiO Beauty Décolleté Serum every morning to protect your neck and chest. This serum is specially formulated to plump skin and prevent new wrinkles from forming. The SiO Beauty Serum penetrates deeply to hydrate, brighten skin tone, and protect against environmental damage. For overnight results, pair the serum with the SiO SkinPad. Your skin will look smoother and more youthful by morning.