Could Taking Selfies Be Causing Premature Skin Aging?

Photo Credit: Victoria Stokes via Stellar, 2015


But first, let me take a selfie! The world is obsessed with them. However, despite its popularity, there could be a reason to slow down on how many times a day you are snapping shots of your beautiful new look from your cellphone.

It all started with a blogger in London, 26, who decided to see if the high-energy light from her cellphone screen was causing signs of early aging – of course she was taking 50 selfies a day. She went to see her cosmetic dermatologist, Simon Zokaie, and he believed that this was the case according the article originally posted in the Daily Mail.

He said in a statement “that the light was causing her skin to develop dark spots, and that a lot of the damage on her skin from the light was still lying dormant under her skin.” That is seriously a frightening thought but may not really be as far-fetched as it sounds. First, let’s start with the professionals who disagree.

Some doctors have said according to the Daily Beauty Reporter, “While it’s been conclusively shown that visible light can cause some skin diseases like lupus to flare, there’s no evidence that visible light, even at high intensity, contributes much to premature skin aging.” In terms of the data that’s available now, UV light (sunlight) is much more harmful to skin than the light from computers and mobile devices. “Even if there was some data regarding visible light aging the skin, its effect would be minuscule in comparison to ultraviolet light, which has been scientifically and convincingly proven to cause skin aging and skin cancer,” he said to the Beauty Reporter. “I’d say that you could take over a million selfies or use a computer for 100 years, and that still would not be as impactful as spending a single day in the sun unprotected.”

But don’t dismiss the idea too quickly if you’re concerned about your health and skincare. HEV light, also known as blue light, has a history of being damaging to our skin as well as being a factor in interrupting our sleeping habits. It has also been suggested that sleeping with the cell phone in bed is harmful. A 2014 study suggests that High Energy Visible (HEV) light is harmful to skin and has potential long-term detrimental effects on skin.

People are exposed both outdoors and indoors to HEV light, sometimes referred to as “blue light.” Ubiquitous, it emanates not only from the sun, but through the displays of digital devices such as cell phones, computers, tablets and flat-screen TVs. Like HEV’s neighbor on the visible light spectrum, UV radiation, its damaging effects are cumulative over the course of a lifetime. This being the case, the older a person becomes, the more likely he or she will suffer the consequences,” it said in the report.

Therefore, maybe taking too many selfies a day is harmful to our skin – if we’re taking 50 selfies a day – but the chances are thin. However, it is important to limit the exposure to HEV light, use protective moisturizers often and limit the amount of time we are exposing our skin to the blue lights from our devices.

What are your thoughts?




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