Is Your Reliance on Technology Ruining Your Skin?

We all know that a lot of things can affect the quality of our skin and usually if we start looking haggard or spotty we will blame the usual suspects: oily skin, bad diet or lack of sleep. But actually our skin is so sensitive that it can be affected by even seemingly random things that you wouldn't expect to be in any way connected to your complexion. Your skin can be used as an indicator for your overall health and wellness then, which means when you have a problem with it you need to look in even the more unlikely places.

So how can using technology too much damage your skin?
The Effect of Too Much Technology

Well first of all, if you use technology every day then it likely means that you aren't getting outside that much. In turn that means you probably aren't getting much vitamin D which your body needs in order to maintain healthy skin.

At the same time, using technology means you'll be sitting down at work all day which means you won't be getting as much exercise. Exercise is important for your skin too, because when you exercise it improves your circulation and gets more blood and nutrients around your body and to your skin and organs. Without exercise you will find that your complexion becomes uneven, and that you become more likely to suffer from spots and other problems.

Another issue with technology is that it can actually affect your sleep. Of course you need sleep for good skin because it's while you sleep that your body goes into an 'anabolic state' and gets busy repairing damaged tissue. A lack of sleep can eventually damage your immune system making infections that lead to boils much more likely. How does technology ruin sleep? Well partly through a resulting lack of exercise and fresh air, and even more if you keep your mobile phone by your bed – not only does that make it hard to relax but the light from your device will damage your sleep due to being at a similar wavelength to light from the sun.

What to do About It
So what do you do about it?

Well first of all you should make sure to take regular breaks from the computer – especially if you work on one. During these breaks it can't hurt to get outside and enjoy some fresh air so make a point of doing that.

Another thing you can do is to consider working with your technology outside. Glare on the screen makes this more difficult, but with the right shade and a glare protector on your monitor it's certainly possible on some days.

Standing up at work is also a good way to improve your circulation and even to improve your alertness and productivity. Try standing up while you answer e-mails and then sitting down only once you need to start the real work.

Finally, make sure that you don't sleep with your phone by your bed. Turn it completely off and put it on the other side of the room. You'll start sleeping much more soundly and that will show all over your face…

Nancy Baker, the author of this article, is a freelance blogger who is currently writing for, Laser Medical Centre, a firm that specializes in skin whitening services in Toronto. She loves reading and is a part of an enthusiastic Book Club. You can also follow her on Twitter @Nancy Baker.

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