Combat smartphone wrinkles

Friday, March 25, 2011
By Julie Wiegan


If you’re in your early to mid twenties and have noticed premature wrinkles, you can blame your smartphone. Dr. Brian Glatt, a New Jersey board-certified plastic surgeon says, “The trend for ‘BlackBerry Botox’ is highly increasing especially among women who are addicted to gazing on their BlackBerrys or iPhones all day. Peering at a small screen causes facial strain, around and between the brows which may cause premature wrinkles on the face.” Dr. Glatt has five easy tips to combat smartphone wrinkles:

Take a break
Put down or at least glance up from your smartphone regularly so that your eyes can rest.

Turn the light down low
When there’s too much light and contrast, you have to narrow your eyes to take in the brightness, which can result in crow’s feet. Dim the screen in your ‘settings’ options and see how low you can go on the light emission. The less, the better and this helps preserve your phone’s battery life.

Enlarge the text
If you struggle to read the small text that you start holding your phone so close you wrinkle your nose so much that it hurts, just enlarge the text by simply going to your settings and altering the text size. Also, the zoom function can be a fantastic thing. Use it to focus in on images on your device so you can see much more clearly and avoid pulling the inner eye.

Look after your eyes
If you can bear it, spend less time glued to your iPhone or Blackberry. During this timeout, take some deep breaths to relax the face into a more natural expression, and gently massage the area around the eyes – a simple thing that can make a big difference in preventing those lines that start subtly but get deeper and more pronounced. Not only will your face be serene looking, you will feel more serene and in a much better state to deal with any inbox horrors.

Don’t forget to smile
If you are experiencing stress from being constantly attached to your smartphone, just think about the potentially negative effect this is having on your youthful appearance. Take time to do something that relieves the tension, like playing on a fun app, like TomCat or Angry Birds; this will help relax your face, soften your expression and prevent long term frown lines.

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