Apparently, All Those Selfies You Take Might Actually Be Aging Your Skin
One lifestyle blogger is concerned the dozens of selfies she takes every day could be aging her skin.
According to Daily Mail, 26-year-old Mehreen Baig takes up to 50 selfies a day for her blog and Instagram, which, honestly, doesn't sound like all that many.
Still, after becoming worried the light from her phone was prematurely aging her skin, she decided to do a little research. What she found was startling.
Apparently, studies have shown the blue light our screens emit -- called High Energy Visible, or HEV light -- might be as harmful as UVA and UVB rays.
When Baig started noticing larger pores and dark circles under her eyes, she enlisted the help of dermatologist Dr. Simon Zokaie to find out if her phone was the culprit.
Dr. Zokaie explained the three primary factors that age skin are pollution, sun damage and HEV light damage. These three things cause our skin to become overheated and inflamed, resulting in an overproduction of the free radicals that ultimately cause damage.
A lot of the damage caused by HEV light is undetectable to the human eye, since this type of light permeates your skin more deeply than regular sunlight.
And, unfortunately, sunscreen does not block HEV light. https://instagram.com/p/BC23C2qN1pF/embed/
So, what's a beauty blogger -- or anyone who sits in front of a computer all day -- to do? Dr. Zokaie says we can all start by wearing an antioxidant serum during the day to prevent further damage. At night, lay your antioxidant gels and creams on thick.
While most of us can't take a big break from our screens due to our jobs or social lives, investing in your skincare routine can go a long way in maintaining your beautiful face.