AGE 12 TO MARRIED – I Took A Photo Every Day
Taking Selfies Could Actually Be Aging Your Skin
Unless you get eight hours of sleep nightly, never overdose on sodium or sugar, and are vampire-level vigilant about sun care, you’re going to have the occasional skin freak-out. But when, like most 26-year-olds, U.K. blogger Mehreen Baig noticed new skin flaws (blemishes, whiteheads, dark spots, and dark circles), she blamed her 50-selfie-a-day habit and told theDaily Mailabout it. Whaaa?
Granted, that’s an obscene amount of selfies, but Baig’s theory holds some water. See, all your techie screens emit a blue light known as High-Energy Visible light (HEV). Though scientists and derms don’t know as much about it as UV light, preliminary research suggests the effects may be similarly damaging, says David E. Bank, M.D., director at The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic, and Laser Surgery in Mount Kisco, New York. “Some of the possible effects of HEV are dryness, inflammation, wrinkles, and uneven pigmentation,” he explains.
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So, should you swear off selfies? While it’s theoretically possible for a serious selfie addiction to harm your skin, the evidence isn’t concrete enough for that, says Bank. Still, it’s unsettling, particularly if you type away in front of an even bigger screen all day. To hedge your bets, use sunscreens with mineral-blocking agents like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which block all wavelengths of light, whether or not you’ll be out-of-doors much that day, says Bank.
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