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The ‘tech-neck’ crease is found mostly in people aged 18 to 39 who have an average of three digital devices and peer at their screens up to 150 times a day

Smartphones and tablets have been blamed for disrupting family life, preventing sleep and causing bad posture but now modern gadgets have also been accused of driving premature ageing.


Dermatologists say that constant neck bending to look at screens is leading to sagging skin, dropping jowls and a distinct crease above the clavical, a condition they have dubbed ‘tech-neck.’

Dr Christopher Rowland Payne, Consultant Dermatologist at The London Clinic, said: “The problem of wrinkles and sagging of the jowls and neck used to begin in late middle age but, in the last 10 years, because of ‘tech-neck’, it has become a problem for a generation of younger women.”

Where previous generations have worried about their ‘T-zone’ dermatologists warn that they should now think about their ‘Y-zone’ which makes up the lower face, throat and upper chest.

The ‘tech-neck’ crease is found mostly in people aged 18 to 39 who have an average of three digital devices and peer at their screens up to 150 times a day – accelerating the impact of gravity and natural loss of the skin’s elasticity.Five ways to avoid tech neck 

Four ways to avoid tech-neck

A constant downward gaze also contributes to further lines and creases around the chin and neck area, according to skin experts.

“Neck skin is exposed to sun every day because of low necklines, especially in women, but people are less inclined to think of protecting their necks than their faces,” Dr Rowland Payne.

“This is bad news for neck skin as it starts off finer and sun thins it further. Finer skin wrinkles more readily and the fat of the neck may sag.”

In skin, sugar molecules called glycans are responsible for telling the body to produce collagen which makes the skin supple and smooth.

However with age, glycans stop working efficiently and collagen production decreases leading to loss of skin elasticity which brings creasing and wrinkles.

Beauty brand Yves Saint Laurent claims it is has invented the first cream which tackles ‘tech-neck’ with a new molecule to boost elasticity of the skin.

YSL’s Forever Youth Liberator Y.Shape Concentrate contains the molecule glycanactif-y which boosts glycans and promises to bring back facial curves and plump up sagging skin.

A recent BBC Horizon investigation into anti-ageing products found the science behind the cream to be impressive.

“Maybe glycans can reach the areas other cosmetic creams can’t,” said plastic surgeon Dr Rozina Ali at Spire Norwich Hospital.

Dr Thierry Michaud, dermatologist and member of the YSL Skin Science team, said: “Many women I treat accept their wrinkles and fine lines but what they cannot accept is their new facial expressions.

“Inappropriate expressions are due to a loss of facial volumes: sagging skin, less defined contours, creased neck.

“Restoring the facial dynamic is respecting and correcting the emotional language for open features and a fresher look.”



The Telegraph

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