Want Instagram-perfect skin? Reduce your screen time!
Audrey Hepburn once said, “And the beauty of a woman, with passing years only grows!” However, if she’d known about cell phones and their contribution to premature aging, she’d have added a disclaimer to that quote.
This blog in our #ForeverYoung series is aimed at making you aware of an important cause of premature ageing that is very close to home—the blue light from the cell phone and computer screens.
What’s wrong with the cell phone?
The blue light that emits from the screen of our cell phones and computers is called the High Energy Visible Light, and the rays thus emitted are called the HEV rays. All our electronic devices emit the blue light and, therefore, the HEV rays. The reason they are more dangerous compared to UV rays—something we’ve been sufficiently warned about all our life—is because they penetrate deeper into our skin. The HEV rays also emit something called as free radicals that cause the collagen in our skin to breakdown. It should suffice to know that collagen prevents our skin from sagging and appearing older than it is. The free radicals weaken the elastin (that maintains the elasticity of the skin) and strip barriers that retain skin moisture.
Studies have proved that over exposure to this high-energy light can accelerate premature aging. Given the amount of time we are exposed to these rays—we’re perpetually glued to either our computer screens or mobile phones—the damage is considerable.
The Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity journal published the findings of a study that was conducted on 9 people to see the effects of prolonged exposure to high-energy light. The study revealed that this exposure caused a decrease in the carotenoids in our skin. The carotenoids give the skin its colour; the lack of them causes discoloration and makes skin appear aged.
Spokeswoman of the British Association of Dermatologists, Dr. Sweta Rai states that the study proved that the HEV rays actually caused pigmentation that give a false aged appearance. And that is not a consolation.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery published another study that further explained the effects of increased screen time on the skin. According to this study, excessive screen time causes lines and creases to develop on the skin because of the continual downward gaze to look at most of our electronic devices. This is more and earlier than what would have happened naturally.
Now, the skin cells repair faster when you get a good night’s sleep. However, given our tendency to use our phone and/or laptop until late in the night, check our phones frequently in the middle of the night and then first thing in the morning, we aren’t giving our skin enough time to heal itself.
Obviously, the best thing to do to prevent your skin from all this harm is to reduce your skin time and monitor it, depending on how often you reach for your phone during the day. The next best thing you can do is read this post on Korean and Chinese beauty secrets that will help your skin stay fresh and youthful. And for more, CLICK HERE to get in touch with our Wellness Service Providers for #ForeverYoung skin.