Did you know that your phone and laptop could be harmful to your skin? Here’s how to prevent technology from causing a complexion crisis Every day we come into contact with environmental – or external – stressors that can, over time, cause damage to our skin. This goes for everything from UV damage caused by the sun’s harsh rays to air pollution clogging up your pores. But one of the more modern, and most popular, things that can contribute to skin issues is caused by technology.
Screen time and your skin
It goes without saying that technology has vastly improved most areas of society. Even in the dermatological world, it plays an important role in many common procedures, such as laser therapy. But there is an increasing amount of research suggesting that our most treasured technological gadgets – namely our phones and our computers – could be damaging our skin. This doesn’t only pertain to the transfer of germs and bacteria (when’s the last time you gave your phone a wipe down?) but, more importantly, the blue light that these devices transmit.
What exactly is this blue light? It refers to the High Energy Visible (HEV) light which we get in high doses not only from the sun but from the screens we stare at all day as well. What’s more, blue light is able to penetrate deeper into the skin than better-known UVA and UVB rays. The effects are not visible immediately but occur gradually over time and with enough exposure. And, in 2021, we *all* get more than enough! Too much exposure to blue light can lead to:
- The appearance of dark spots or hyperpigmentation
- An acceleration in photoaging
- Fine lines and wrinkles developing
- A dull, lackluster complexion
- Disrupted sleeping patterns (and, as such, less time for beauty sleep!)
Keep your skin safe
Is there any way to stop the damage caused by blue light that doesn’t involve tossing out all of your gadgets and resorting to a tech-free life? Fortunately, you don’t have to return to the Stone Age to prevent some of the problems associated with this environmental stressor.
- Wear sunscreen daily, and remember to reapply every two hours.
- Use serums that are rich in antioxidants, such as vitamin C.
- Check your phone settings, some have blue light filters you can adjust.
- Limit your screen time. Try switching your nightly Netflix session with a book!