We’re increasingly addicted to our smartphones, making it more and more difficult for us to unplug. And while the societal impacts of such an addiction aren’t yet clear, we do know that our smartphones can have a negative impact on our skin. Let’s take a closer look. 1. Tech neck Whether typing, texting, or scrolling, when you’re on your smartphone your head is constantly tilted at a 45 degree angle. This can cause tech neck. Tech neck is the horizontal wrinkles and chin sagging that result from your neck muscles constantly being loose. And since the neck muscles are delicate, it can cause premature signs of aging. That’s why it’s important to notice if you’ve been staring down at your screen for extended periods of time. Realign your neck so your head is held high and your shoulders are back. 2. Lack of sleep This is especially true for those that have trouble sleeping. Avoid “screen time” either on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or television at night. Too much screen time can make it more difficult to get to sleep. The more trouble you have sleeping, the more likely you are to show premature signs of aging. 3. Breakouts Young and old, smartphones can cause breakouts on the sides of your face. Clean your smartphone with a clean, micro-fibered cloth and distilled water. This way you can remove some of the bacteria on your phone that tends to cause breakouts. Protect yourself against the skin damage caused by your smartphone. Sara Novak is a Natural Health Care Expert for Zax Health. Follow her on Twitter at @sarafnovak