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What is ‘tech face’ and how do we avoid it?

By Michaela Tangan Published Oct 20, 2020 4:16 am Updated Oct 20, 2020 4:16 am

Let’s be real for a moment. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the line between work and life has been a blur. As soon as our homes doubled as our offices, we’ve logged longer work hours. Beyond the usual nine-to-seven shift, we, unfortunately, find ourselves responding to emails and meeting unrealistic deadlines.

From sunup to sundown, we’re hunched over our laptops. And before hitting the sack, the last thing we look at is our phones—previewing tomorrow’s to-do list, setting up the alarm, and if you’ve developed the bad habit of checking your work email in bed, you’re probably doing that, too.

With this setup, we’re drenching our inner and outer beauty.

Along with mental and emotional exhaustion, long exposure to blue light emitted by the sun, and yes, our smartphones, laptops, and flat-screen TVs causes the so-called “computer face” or “tech face.” 

This light emanating from our devices makes our skin look tired as it promotes skin stressors, hastens skin aging, causes irritation, and throws off our body’s melatonin production.

Even though we’re no longer exposed to outdoor pollution, blue light is our skin’s new Enemy No. 1. Thankfully, trusty skin-care products could help our skin stay healthy despite the harmful rays.

How do we fight the new bad guy?

It’s still wise to invest in a great sunscreen even if it’s still quite unsafe to travel and go to the beach. The likes of Bio-Science Bio-Water Hydrating Sunscreen Water-Based Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++, which has natural extracts like hyaluronic acid, prevents UVA and UVB Rays from harming our skin. 

Bio-Science Bio-Water Hydrating Sunscreen Water-Based Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++

It’s lightweight and water-based, eliminating the greasy and sticky feeling we get on typical sunscreens. Applying it on the face and neck before facing the screen would help keep a firm skin and radiant complexion.

Serums, which we once upon a time considered a luxury, are of great help and now affordable, too!

Few of Lana PH DNA Repair Elixir’s key ingredients are collagen, sodium hyaluronate, and vitamin B3. These are anti-aging components that hydrate and aid skin healing and lighten pimple marks and uneven skin tone. It could also help bring back its natural plump and softness. 

Lana PH DNA Repair Elixir

In the morning, before brewing a cup of Joe or at night when you’ve tucked your smartphone in a place where it can’t interrupt your peaceful evening, apply two drops on to the face and neck for best results. 

To ensure that the skin can absorb all the goodness from the serum, exfoliate and wipe away all the impurities with Face Republic AHA/BHA Toner. This makes the skin a blank canvas ready to transform into a beautiful portrait. The toner also has vitamin E, which helps protect the skin from UVB rays. 

Face Republic AHA/BHA Toner

One pro-tip in fighting this new enemy is to switch up our electronic device’s settings. On your screen settings, enable the light filter. Another friendly advice from psychiatrists and life mentors is to leave your phone meters away from you before bed, screen facing down. Combine all these plus a new skin-care regimen, and we sure have a great fighting chance.

Skin care is often tied to self-care. In this busy, fast-paced world we live in, we can see why not. The simple act of applying skin-care products and the hard act of stepping away from work to just focus and think of ourselves and ourselves alone could go a long way, especially for our overall health.

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