When I was younger just getting into skincare and beauty, I remember all the magazines like Seventeen and Cosmopolitan talking about the T-Zone with all these tips and tricks on balancing it. To be completely honest, I honestly had no idea what they were talking about but knew that I should be worried about it. As I got older I obviously learned what my T-Zone was but quickly realized that with my skin type I personally didn’t have to worry about it. For those who maybe weren’t old enough for the T-Zone craze, it’s the combined area of your forehead, nose and chin that general shares the same skin properties, and those of you with combination skin in particular surely struggle with.
But the trend of worries and concerns over our T-Zones has shifted to another zone within the facial area that isn’t being talked about and I had no idea about it! Back in February, I was invited to the launch of a new Jouviance product, the Contour+, here in Toronto and had a chance to chat about the development and beauty benefits with co-founder Roger Southin. Jouviance Contour+ was formulated to help women improve the look of their Y-Zone, the area of your lower face, jawline, neck and décolletage which women usually start to worry about until well into their mid 30s at the earliest. Roger explained to me that in today’s age of cellphones, tablets and overall dependence and daily use of technology younger generations are actually starting to see early aging in their Y-Zones, what is being referred to as Tech Neck.
Plastic Surgeons, Dermatologists and other professionals within the beauty and skincare industries are seeing more of today’s younger generation with sagging necks and jowls which is also causing early wrinkles. What is causing such premature aging? The constant looking down at our phones, tablets and other tech devices for hours upon hours a day which essentially helps gravity in starting to stretch the skin in those areas. The result? Sagging skin, drooping jawlines and neck creasing all which shouldn’t be occurring until well into our 40s. You can thank theon average 3 hours a day we spend staring at our multiple tech devices. I got home after my evening with Jouviance, washed off my makeup and began to take a better look at my Y-Zone; I had slightly noticed some of these issues but never took into account what they were caused by.
Luckily, the research and ingredients that have gone into the Contour+ formula can help reverse and slow down the effects of Tech Neck and overall aging. Contour+ has the usual Collagen I that you would expect to find in a firming, anti-aging product but it also contains Collagen III bringing your skin a controlled boost of overall collagen production that it needs. Along with collagen, other key ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, Actifcol and more help to hydrate, firm and add volume to the jawline, neck and décolletage while improving overall skin texture. With their clinical studies showing amazing results, I was really looking forward to adding this to my skin care routine and hopefully seeing results myself.
I’ve been using Contour+ now for just over a month and I have already noticed a difference in my jawline and appearance of my skin especially on my neck. The cream to gel formula blends really well with total absorption meaning a little goes a long way with this product. To top it all off, Contour+ smells deliciously fresh with a soft and natural scent of grapefruit. But in addition to using Contour+ to reverse my Tech Neck I’ve also made some changes to how I use my tech devices, being more mindful of the impact it has on my Y-Zone, and found some exercises to tighten the muscles in the jawline and neck.
Tips For Using Your Devices To Avoid Tech Neck
Phones & Tablets: A lot of us tend to hold our phones down low keeping our arms at a 90° angle but what we don’t realize is that the weight of our heads held down are impacting our poster causing neck pain among other things and helping gravity drag our facial contours down. Try keeping your shoulders back, head up straight and lifting your phone to eye level when texting or using your phone to relieve strain.
Notebooks: I’m not sure if “laptops” being referred to as notebooks lately has anything to do with it, but using them on our laps is not good for us for a variety of reasons. The biggest health problem with this is the same reasons with phone, being that having a notebook on our laps causes us to slouch and look downwards. This causes not only strain on the poster, but a drooping jawline and creasing in the neck and décolletage. Using a notebook on a desk or table is a great way to get into the habit of sitting straighter while using it.
Desktops: Although we normally use desktops on a desk a lot of us are still left looking downwards at our keyboards and screens. Although there isn’t much that can be done about the need to look down at a keyboard, unless you’re a master typer, you can take a lot of measures to get your desktop positioned for better poster a practice is called ergonomics. It involves positioning everything from your keyboard and monitor, to the height of your chair all being aligned to relieve strain off your eyes, neck and back while sitting at a desk for a long time, but can also help that Y-Zone! Whether you sit at a desk for hours at a time or only a few times a day, it’s important to make sure your monitor is at eye level to keep your head up!
Exercises To Reverse Tech Neck
Now that you’ve done your best to be mindful of your poster while using your tech devices, you can also do some facial exercises to help support your efforts in reversing Tech Neck. I myself went on Pinterest, my go to for all things life hacks and inspiration and found loads of great exercises.
This is where I stumbled upon the Times Living YouTube channel and their Face Gym series, their facial yoga tutorials which I am now fully addicted to. Some of these exercises I remember from taking acting and theater classes as a kid but having these videos to reference is a great way to ensure you’re getting the most out of these facial exercises to prevent your Tech Neck!
* I put together this post on Tech Neck based on my learnings and experience with Jouviance and their Contour+ product, which was gifted to me at their Toronto press launch in February. My review and feedback on these products and my experience are 100% honest and my own as always. To learn more about my sponsored content, please visit my about me page.