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?
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.”