It’s widely acknowledged and well documented that our overuse of computers, tablets and phones is have adverse effects on our health and wellbeing. In spite of the growing research that we are altering our sleep patterns, straining our eyesight and decreasing our concentration spans, we continue with the addictive behavior.
Last year, we wrote about a similar issue; tech neck. But, recent studies may give you pause before your next phone marathon.
Scientists now believe that every time you put your mobile phone to your face, you’re putting your skin at risk (and if you’re reading this on your mobile device, you’re doing it right now too!); causing signs of premature aging.
How is this happening? Most modern computers and especially mobile devices, have a blue light which is a high frequency, high energy visible light in the violet/blue band that outputs from 400-500nm. It is believed that constant exposure to blue light can have the same effect on your skin as UV damage. What? Scary, isn’t it?
New studies show that HEV can negatively affect the dermal and epidermal tissues, possibly degrade our structural collagen fibers, and damage DNA. Professionals are also currently testing whether HEV can exacerbate pigmentation issues such as melasma. Sadly for us though, the damage imposed by blue light isn’t immediately noticeable on the skin, so the damage won’t become evident until it’s too late.
While it’s a bit difficult to reject using the digital screens altogether; although a mini hiatus could do everyone a little good, ensuring your skin is protected against the harms of daily life is the best course of action.
Go for a sunscreen that protects against visible light as well as UVA/UVB, such as the Image Skincare Prevention+ Daily Ultimate Moisturizer SPF 50.
Antioxidants are helpful also as they not only protect the cells against damage, but they also help to repair the effects.
For more information about protecting your skin against premature aging or to book a complimentary consultation, call (919) 554-6754 to schedule an appointment with a Wake Health Medical Group skincare specialist, or schedule a consultation online.