What’s Dirtier: My Phone or a Toilet?

It’s very tempting to scroll through Instagram or Facebook before getting some much-needed beauty sleep. Unfortunately, this habit is causing some serious damage to your body. We found out how to stop the harsh side-effects of late night social media wandering.

Germs

‘Your iPhone’s dirtier than a toilet’ declares USA Today. (Now that is a horrifying statistic…) We use our phones prior to applying face make-up and a full-body moisturizer. Imagine how fast nasty germs spread all over our bodies. How do we protect ourselves from our phones? After a long day, come home and give your device a quick cleanse. Grab a clean towel, apply a pre-mixed alcohol cleanser, and wipe your phone clean. 

Do you find yourself breaking out on your cheeks? This could be from bacteria on your smartphone. Talking on your germ-infested phone can cause some serious breakouts. Cleaning our phones more frequently can help curb these unfortunate flare ups. Looking for an added boost? Use Ogee organic Cleansing Cloths to wipe your face clean from daily germ exposure. These cloths will allow your skin to feel clean and hydrated.

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Light Has a Dark Side

It’s amazing how even on the sunniest of days, we are able to see the screen of our smartphones. This is due to the emission of bright blue light. At night time, this blue light tricks our brains into thinking it is still light out. In turn, our body produces less melatonin, making it harder to fall asleep. How do you get your phone light to shift with the brightness of the sun? Go into you iPhone Settings > Display & Brightness > Night Shift > Scheduled > From > Sunset to Sunrise. What does that do? When the sun sets, our phone stops emitting sleep-preventing blue light, and it will re-start when the sun comes up.

Lower Quality of Sleep

Not only does blue light make it harder to fall asleep, but it restricts the quality of sleep. Research reveals that using our phones after lights out disturbs our natural sleep patterns causing insomnia, fatigue, daytime dysfunction, and shortens the hours of beauty sleep. Basically, using our smart phones before bed causes some serious sleep problems. Plug your phone in on the other side of the bedroom, making it impossible to scroll through your news feed from the comfort of your duvet. Use this time for meditation, reflection, or reading a good book (we love nighttime meditation!).

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Harmful Radiation

Cell phones emit electromagnetic radiation, that’s how we’re able to do basically everything on those little devices. The International Agency for Research on Cancer declares that “we need to keep a close watch for a link between cell phones and cancer risk.” It is believed that continuous exposure to radiation causes cancer. So how do we limit this exposure? We’ll teach you how to cut this time in half.

Have you ever fallen asleep with your phone next to you? Or even still in your hand? Well, whenever your phone is on, its pumping out electromagnetic radiation. This means we have hours of exposed radiation all day and night. We came up with a solution to cut your exposure in half! We sleep approximately seven hours a day, seven days a week, all year long, that adds up to over 2,500 hours of harmful exposure (and that’s just while we sleep!). Still need your phone next to you? Well, put your phone on Airplane mode and you’re good to go (no exposure!) No matter our level of phone addiction, eliminating radiation while we sleep is an easy way to limit our exposure.

Eye Strain 

Scrolling social media, sending emails, texting friends, or coordinating the kid’s schedules, screens are an inevitable part of everyday. With the hours spent staring at our devices, it’s no surprise we are causing some serious damage to our eyes. Don’t worry, we have some tips to help reduce eye strain. Keep the brightness low, blow up the font, and use the night shift feature whenever possible. Looking for more? Practice some eye yoga!

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