Staring at Your Phone Could be Ageing Your Skin
We ask skin experts for their advice on how to counteract the effects of blue light from digital devices
19 August 2019
All Credits: PA
By now, anyone with even a passing interest in skincare knows that we should all be using sunscreen every day to protect against the ageing effects of UVB rays (in summer) and UVA (all year round).
So, you religiously apply SPF 30 every morning. Well done – your skin is going to thank you later.
But did you know there’s another complexion-threatening danger lurking indoors that hardly anyone knows about?
According to new research from Avon, only 10% of adults are aware that the light from a mobile phone can age you.
“As a nation, we’re now spending a huge part of our days looking at screens – up to 12.5 hours a day according to Avon’s research – and much of this time is spent looking at mobile phones,” says Dr Susan Mayou, consultant dermatologist at the Cadogan Clinic.
“As a result, we’re seeing a significant number of younger patients with visible signs of premature ageing and a dull, uneven skin texture.
“The increasing popularity of ‘selfies’ now means that people are pointing their phones at their faces for increased periods of time.”
“Increased exposure to this type of light can cause considerable oxidative damage to the skin,” Dr Mayou explains.
“Vitamin C has unique antioxidant qualities, so I frequently recommend this to my patients to help tackle – and prevent – this kind of damage.”
Adding an antioxidant-rich cream to your skincare routine, morning and night, can act like a sunscreen against the light from digital devices.
So you can keep on snapping selfies, safe in the knowledge that you’re keeping those blue rays at bay…
Eminence Lilikoi Light Defence Face Primer SPF 23, £55/AED244.91, The Skinsmith
Sisley SisleYouth Anti-Pollution Blue Light Shield, £138/AED614.50
Make Beauty Moonlight Primer, £46/AED204.83, Net-a-Porter