Your smartphone is great for a lot of things: texting, uploading selfies, finding the nearest Waffle House. One thing it’s not good for is your skin! Here’s what I mean:

  • New York City dermatologist, Dr. Dendy Engleman says she’s seeing a lot of 20-somethings coming to her with complaints of crow’s feet and “11” lines. Those are the vertical lines you get between your eyebrows from squinting. They don’t normally show up until your 30s or 40s, but because we’re all squinting to see our tiny screens, we’re creating wrinkles. So increase your font size to “Grandma size," 20 points or bigger, so you don’t have to squint.  

  • Another way your phone can damage your skin: You talk long enough for your phone to get hot. Dermatologist Engleman says any prolonged exposure to a heat source can increase melanin production in that area. And melanin is what gives our skin pigment. So if you start to see brown spots or uneven skin tone on the side of your face on which you hold your phone – that could be the culprit. So start using a headset or speaker phone and use a cream with vitamin C to lighten those dark patches.  

  • Also if you’re starting to see pimple outbreaks at your chin and cheeks, blame your phone. That’s because the dirt and bacteria from your phone can get transferred to your face. So use earbuds, and wipe your phone regularly with an anti-bacterial wipe.  

  • Lastly, your phone could be giving you “text neck.” Constantly looking down at your phone destroys the collagen and elastin in your skin, which is your skin’s support structure. And you’ll eventually get a saggy, slack neck and jawline. So hold your phone at eye level and try a firming skin cream with matrixyl, which boosts collagen production. And eat more kiwi and cantaloupe. They both contain vitamins that stimulate collagen and improve skin elasticity.