The blue light from your phone could be aging your skin

Danielle Fowler
Freelance Writer
The blue light from your smartphone could cause premature aging of your skin. (Photo: Getty Images)

Turns out, Instagram stalking into the early hours of the morning isn’t just detrimental for your mental well-being but could also be responsible for aging your skin.

Too much exposure to high-energy visible light (which is radiated from phones and laptops) can accelerate the aging process, according to research.

Although there is not yet evidence to support the theory that, like ultraviolet lights such as UVA and UVB, blue light can cause skin cancer, studies suggest that the radiation is responsible for hyperpigmentation.

Studies suggest the blue light from laptops can cause hyperpigmentation. (Photo: Getty Images)

Howard Murad, MD, the founder of Murad Skincare, told Refinery29: “Excessive blue light accelerates the oxidation process, causing hyperpigmentation. Its oxidative effects elicit inflammation and damage the skin barrier, making it more prone to signs of aging, increased uneven skin tone, dullness, pigmentation, and fine lines and wrinkles.”

But what can be done to prevent premature aging (if cutting down on your social media habits proves too much of a stretch)?

Well, software program f.lux may well be worth downloading.

In a bid to help laptop users get a good night’s sleep, the software is designed to filter out blue light and swap it for skin-friendly amber tones on your display screen during the evening.

Meanwhile, an SPF-heavy moisturizer will also help tackle the signs of premature aging.

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