Taking Selfies Might Actually Be Damaging Your Skin
No thank you.
These days, we’re pretty sure we’d be able to get a degree in the art of Snapchat, Instagram and other general selfie-taking, since we know more about perfecting the best front-facing camera angle than we do about other essential life skills.
We're not the only ones either, with many celebrities, including Kim Kardashian, also being big fans of selfies.
Sadly, it seems that looking at our phones so much could actually be damaging our skin, as London blogger Mehreen Baig found out when she had her face analysed for signs of premature ageing, having noticed new freckles, larger pores than usual and dark circles under her eyes.
Mehreen was worried about the HEV - High Energy Visible - light her phone was emitting, and went to see a Cosmetic Dermatologist, where she discovered that the blue light had likely damaged her skin.
Writing for the Daily Mail, she explained: “The predominant damage on my skin from HEV light was evident through pigmentation and new freckles, and the brown spots on my cheeks were a direct result of light from my computer screen and mobile phones.
“HEV damage was also the reason why my breakouts were taking longer than usual to settle. My skin was slowly losing its ability to heal because of the inflammation HEV light was causing.”
In terms of protecting against such damage (without having to cut all ties with your phone), Mehreen explained that Dr Zokaie had advised using an antioxidant serum during the day as the best way to slow down and reverse damage, with an antioxidant cream or gel at night time.
Though it is being investigated, sunscreen cannot yet protect skin from HEV light.
Pretty interesting stuff, right?
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