Is your phone ad­dic­tion ru­in­ing your skin?

Stud­ies show the av­er­age per­son spends up to 2.5 hours on their mo­bile phone each day – but is this the real rea­son be­hind new emerg­ing wrin­kles and spot break­outs?

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In a tech-ob­sessed world, it’s I easy to spend hours star­ing at screens, but re­search has shown this can cause lasting dam­age to our looks. With our dig­i­tal ob­ses­sion said to be caus­ing aged skin around the neck and eyes, plus lack of sleep caused by ex­po­sure to blue light – is it time to ditch the self­ies?


With stud­ies re­veal­ing that mo­bile phones are con­tam­i­nated with more bac­te­ria than a toi­let, it’s no sur­prise they are a ma­jor cause of skin break­outs and blem­ishes. But our 24/7 us­age of these mini de­vices can also have more se­ri­ous reper­cus­sions. Der­ma­tol­o­gist and skin­care ex­pert Dr Si­mon Zokaie warns: “When your mo­bile is in use it emits a blue light called High En­ergy In­vis­i­ble Light (HEV). Con­stant ex­po­sure to this can re­sult in the break­down of the skin bar­ri­ers, caus­ing pig­men­ta­tion, bro­ken blood ves­sels and fine wrin­kle for­ma­tion. And as HEV is in­vis­i­ble, you aren’t al­ways aware of the dam­age that’s be­ing done.”


So how can we lessen or even prevent the dam­age caused by our phones? Dr Zokaie says: “Sun­screen can­not pro­tect skin against HEV light yet, but the best thing to do is to use prod­ucts that con­tain an­tiox­i­dants and vi­ta­min C as these are proven to re­duce wrin­kles, blem­ishes and dark cir­cles. It’s also im­por­tant to keep your phone clean and bac­te­ria-free by wip­ing it on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. Lim­it­ing the amount of time you spend star­ing at your screen will also help prevent your eye­sight from be­ing af­fected and keep your skin look­ing clearer and feel­ing health­ier.”

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