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From texting to checking social media, most of us probably use our phones more than we’d like to admit. But considering all that time spent on your phone, how often do you stop to actually clean it? If you think about it, your hands and your phone come in contact with countless people and objects every day, making it home to all sorts of bacteria that can wreak havoc on your skin.

Luckily, we found a few ways to help keep your screen clean and your skin clear.

Earbuds are your friend
If your hands are dirty, your phone is dirty. You wouldn’t shove your head in your purse throughout the day, would you? Then don’t plop your phone right against your skin after it’s been lurking against your wallet and keys for hours. Using earbuds when you make calls limits the amount of contact your face has with your phone.

Use screen-cleaning wipes
How many times have you pulled your phone away from your face only to see it covered in oil and makeup? Instead of wiping it off with a tissue or against your pants, carry screen-cleaning wipes in your purse. Trust us, you’ll be glad you did.

Avoid tech neck
Tech neck is when you develop excessive wrinkles on your neck and chin area as a result of bending your head down to look at your phone. The solution? Practice keeping your phone at eye level at all times, whether you’re standing up or sitting down.

Try a blue light blocking screen protector
Yep, the high-energy light (aka blue light) coming from your phone is just as damaging as the bacteria that often lies on it. According to Dr. Daria Hamrah, a board-certified facial cosmetic surgeon at Nova Surgicare, skin issues also arise from constantly squinting at your screen (hello, crow’s feet), not to mention, blue light is notorious for inducing free radical damage. To minimize the effects, Dr. Hamrah recommends attaching a blue light blocking screen protector to your cell phone.

xx, The FabFitFun Team