Step Away From Your Phone: Selfies Can Age Your Skin

If you thought your selfie habit was causing little harm except annoying your social media followers with multiple pictures of your face every single day, think again.

Because apparently, our selfies could actually be affecting our skin in a pretty awful way.


The revelation came to light after a blogger named Mehreen Baig noticed her skin looking less than selfie-perfect, including blemishes, whiteheads, dark spots and dark circles.

Mehreen takes selfies seriously, she takes 50-a-day (yep, 50), and sought out some professional advice on the matter heading to Dr Simon Zokaie – Cosmetic Dermatologist at the Linia skin clinic – for a skin analysis.

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Science says that tech screens emit a blue light known as High-Energy Visible light (HEV) and preliminary research suggests that the effects may be similarly damaging to our skin as UV light.

The blogger told the Daily Mail: ‘Dr Zokaie informed me that my skin has indeed been damaged by HEV light, and a lot of the damage is still under my skin, not yet visible to the naked eye.

‘The predominant damage on my skin from HEV light was evident through pigmentation and new freckles, and the brown spots on my cheeks were a direct result of light from my computer screen and mobile phones.

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‘Sunscreen cannot protect skin from HEV light yet, but it is something scientists are investigating.

‘The best thing to do, he emphasised, is to use an antioxidant serum during the daytime. Serum penetrates the pores skin more effectively, and an antioxidant will slow down and reverse the process of ROS.

‘As for night time, it would be most beneficial to use an antioxidant cream or gel, which is thicker.’

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