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04th Feb 2018

It turns out our phones may be having an effect on our skin

How? You ask?

*Puts the phone down*

It’s commonly known that there is a certain light in devices such as phones, known as High Energy Visible Light, that makes the brain more alert. It’s down to the blue tone in the light, mimicking the same type of light found in natural daylight.

In comparison, there is also a duller more yellow light that can be switched on in the evening to reflect the darker light of night time.

They’re usually used to minimise the strain on your eyes, while trying to see the screen at different times. So, we’re shocked to learn that the blue light can also have adverse effects on your skin in terms of aging.

Dermatologist and founder of Murad Skincare, Dr Murad, told Refinery29:

“Excessive blue light accelerates the oxidation process, causing hyperpigmentation, its oxidative effects elicit inflammation and damage the skin barrier making it more prone to signs of ageing, increased uneven skin tone, dullness, pigmentation and fine lines and wrinkles.”

The best solution, in place of never using your phone again, is to always make sure you are wearing some sort of SPF on your skin. These days, a lot of moisturisers and makeup have SPF already included in them so it’s no harm to check the packaging to double check if you are covered.