Modern life means the use of more technology in our daily lives. The widespread impact of the Internet of Things has made it easier for everyone to connect to the web and incorporate much of their daily routine online. Internet access is also widely accessible and cheaper too, so more people can go online now and the need to connect to the web is now even considered a necessity today and no longer the luxury that it once was. Smart technology plays a big part here and we can do more things with our smartphones today without even having to go far or spend a lot of money. As much as we enjoy the perks of modern living, it has its downsides too and it has to do with constantly exposing our skin to tech devices.
Your skin not only suffers from the harsh rays of the sun because you can experience the same effect even indoors. Constant exposure to the blue light emitted by your smartphone is also detrimental to your skin. The tech gadgets you use also plays a role in the way your skin looks. Blue light, for instance, speeds up aging, so don’t be surprised if you look older now that you’ve been glued to your smartphone or tablet all day and night long. Most people, young or old, are guilty of this. Our phones are usually the first thing we look for upon waking up in the morning and the last thing we tinker with before we drift off to sleep at night.
High Energy Visible Light (to give it its proper name) is a natural part of sunlight but it’s also found in this technological blue light. Visible light, unlike ultraviolet lights like UVA and UVB – which we already know causes skin damage – is light that can be seen by the human eye. While there’s no evidence yet that it causes skin cancer is quite the same way, there have been studies that have found that blue light produces more hyper-pigmentation than UVB.
Imagine all those hours you have made your skin to endure unnecessary blue light exposure because you can’t seem to put your phone down because of your obsession with social media. The effect of excessive blue light exposure is similar to the effects of being exposed to the harsh sunlight without sunscreen protection. You may eventually look cool in your circle of friends as you can use various filters to make you look good on photos but they’ll be surprised to see you in real life and you look way older in person because you’ve been making your skin suffer on a daily basis.
Research has shown that overexposure to blue light can, indeed, accelerate signs of aging, worsening the wrinkles, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation we’ve come to associate with too much sun. As dermatologist Howard Murad explains, “Excessive blue light accelerates the oxidation process, which elicits inflammation and damages the skin barrier, making it more prone to signs of aging, increased uneven skin tone, dullness, pigmentation, and fine lines and wrinkles.”
Your skin deserves more care and attention than you currently give it. It is such a waste of money to indulge in space, expensive derma treatments, or fancy skincare products that promise eternal youth if you yourself are the one sabotaging your skincare efforts. It should be common knowledge by now about the blue light emitted by smart devices and its dangers. Since technology is already so widespread, why not make even better use of it by searching up ways on how you can protect yourself (especially your skin) on the dangers of blue light or how you can make your aging skin look younger and healthier using natural remedies. That way, you can still enjoy the many perks of technology without sacrificing your superficial beauty.