Is Your Screen Ruin­ing Your Skin?

We’re all clued-up on the dam­ag­ing ef­fects of the sun, but it turns out our screens could be just as harm­ful to our skin…

Look (UK) - - LOOK BEAUTY - words: Chloe Bur­cham @Chloe­bur­cham Pho­tog­ra­phy: IAN oliver walsh

The ef­fects that UV rays and air pol­lu­tion have on our skin are no se­cret, but the dam­age caused by blue light is still very much un­known.

But re­search sug­gests that HEV, aka high-en­ergy vis­i­ble light (emit­ted from our smart­phones, lap­tops, kin­dles and tablets) can be even more dam­ag­ing than UV rays, pen­e­trat­ing to deeper lev­els of our skin and af­fect­ing everything from pig­men­ta­tion to early signs of skin age­ing.

While it’s not a new phe­nom­e­non (yep, your mum telling you not to watch the TV in the dark re­ally was for a rea­son) there’s still a lot we don’t know about the long-term ef­fects of HEV light.

While the sci­ence boffins get to work on that, there are ways that we can limit and pro­tect our skin in the short-term…

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