The Covid-19 pandemic has brought exponential changes to our lives. Most of us are working from home and connecting to colleagues, friends, and family via electronic devices. The time spent on these gadgets have also increased as you now spend leisure time watching movies, TV shows, or web series on OTT platforms like Netlfix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and so on.
SO WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
The trouble is you don’t realize that the electronic devices emit harmful blue light, which is damaging to skin. With screen time averaging around 12 hours per day, across all devices, this light is wreaking havoc on the skin. In fact, some studies have shown that it penetrates deeper into the skin than UV rays. This High Energy Visible (HEV) light is believed to speed up photo-aging, which involves skin changes mostly associated with sun damage. With blue light working its way to the dermis layer of the skin, it affects collagen and elastin production!
The main issue is that smart devices are often so close to the face – we are checking them constantly, which greatly increases the risks. According to statistics, millennials check their smartphones on average 157 times a day! That is more than five times as many as older adults, who check their phones on average only thirty times a day (not favorable odds either). Millennials are exposed to enormous quantities of blue light every day – needless to say, the situation doesn’t bode well at all.