Let’s be honest, before we post a single selfie, it takes at least 3-5 pictures to get it right. Now there’s a new theory that your phone could be causing premature aging in your skin. The reason:
Your touch screens emit a blue light known as High-Energy Visible light (HEV). Though scientists and dermatologists 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.
So should we stop posting selfies entirely? Probably not, but it is recommended start wearing sunscreens with mineral-blocking agents like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which block all wavelengths of light, whether or not you’ll be outdoors that day.