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Is Your Phone Damaging Your Skin?

It’s recently been discovered that the blue light emitted from your phone can be as damaging as UV rays from the sun. Is this true? Do we need to protect our skin against our phones in the same way we do against the sun to prevent premature aging? 

Everything from your TV to your phone screen can be emitting rays similar to the suns, which can change the behavior of your skin, and might be causing your skin to age. Because of the amount of time people in America now spend on their phones, it's becoming a bigger concern...

So firstly, what is blue light?

Blue light is the electromagnetic radiation that sits between ultraviolet and infrared on the radiation scale, and blue light is the closest one to UV light (the one the sun emits). Long term exposure to blue light can cause color changes, inflammation and a weakening of the skin’s surface. It promotes stressors that cause photo aging, which means premature aging caused by exposure to light.

Sunlight is the main source of blue light, and digital devices only emit a fraction of what the sun does, so can that small amount still affect your skin?

It’s been known for a long time that blue light can mess with your circadian rhythm. It’s because the light is so bright that when we stare at screens on an evening that it triggers our body to think it’s day time and keeps us awake. So ultimately, we should avoid staring at our phone too much anyway.

But, what does it do to my skin?

It’s only just become apparent that it might damage our skin, as well as keep us up all night. This means there have only been minimal studies on how it affects your skin.

Recent small studies have shown that skin exposed to artificial visible light, similar to those emitted by electronic devices, experienced molecular and cellular changes. This means that the light rays can cause premature aging, no matter how minuscule, the studies prove it has a similar reaction to skin exposed to sunlight. Essentially there are a number of harsh things that can damage our skin, including pollution and smoke, so making sure you're looking after your skin and strengthening the dermal layer is key to preventing premature aging, whether it's caused by smoke or your phone. 

What can I do about it?

Wear SPF every day (yes, even when it’s cloudy) and use skincare containing antioxidants to help fight off the free radicals for blue light. Antioxidants in our skin fight the free radicals (which can also come from pollution and smoke, as well as from the sun and your phone screen) and halt their destructive process. One of the most effective antioxidants is vitamin C, which isn’t as effective as SPF is, but will help protect your skin from the small amounts of blue light radiating from your computer screens.

But the most important thing is to start using products which help strengthen the dermal layer of your skin. This means that no matter what your skin goes through, it will be less likely to get damaged. By using Stem Cells in your skincare you can support your skin natural production of collagen and thicken the top layer of your skin so you can help protect your skin from free radicals and prevent aging as soon as you can. 

Our Verdict

Whilst the threat might be minimal, it has still been shown that the blue light does have an effect on your skin, so it's important to use skincare that boosts the dermal layers of your skin, and remember to make sure you don’t spend too much of your day staring at your screen, too. 


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