Last month, “The Daily Mail” featured a story about a 26-year-old blogger who takes 50 selfies a day for her blog and saw a dermatologist to find out whether the high-energy visible (HEV) light from her mobile phone screen was causing her skin to age prematurely. The doctor, cosmetic dermatologist Simon Zokaie, believed that this was, in fact, the case. He said that the light from her phone was causing her skin to develop dark spots, and that a lot of the damage on her skin from the light was still lying dormant under her skin
Could it really be true that selfies cause skin to age more rapidly?
Here are our research and some findings on the topic
- There’s no way to avoid visible light totally, but limiting time in front of your computers and smart phones can certainly help
- Visible light has been shown to increase pigment production, leading to dark spots, whilst also promoting breakdown of collagen, which leads to wrinkles. It can also create reactive oxygen species that damage the skin and cause premature skin aging
- UV light (sunlight) is much more harmful to skin than the light from computers and mobile devices
- Whether or not you’re truly concerned about the light from your phone, it’s always important to
protect your skin with sunscreen
- There are various high potency face creams and serums specifically aimed at helping to
prevent dark spots
Some of my favourites include the new Medik8 White Balance Oxy-R, which contains a number of skin brightening agents to balance skin tone and fade dark spots and freckles, and Skeyndor Urban White Serum, which contains AHA reduce the appearance of aging and other active ingredients to ward off hyperpigmentation.
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