Screens have crept their way into our daily lives, and though there’s a lot of talk about how they impact our eyesight, we don’t hear much about what they do to our skin. So, in this blog, we’ll dive into how you can safeguard your skin against premature ageing caused by daily phone and computer usage.
How Much Time Do You Spend on Your Screens?
Whether you’re into late-night social media scrolling, online shopping, reading e-books or playing games, the average daily screen time usage in the UK clocks in at 5 hours and 46 minutes, and that’s not even counting the time spent on your computer during work hours.
Technology has become deeply ingrained in our daily routines, significantly impacting our physical and mental well-being, including the health of our skin.
How Does Technology Affect Our Skin?
Our skin faces many challenges, from hormonal fluctuations to harsh weather conditions, UV rays, pollution, and screens.
Why our screens? Our computer and phone screens emit something called HEV (high-energy blue light) rays. You might have noticed glasses designed to shield your eyes from blue light in stores. Well, this blue light radiation can also harm our skin at a cellular level, causing DNA damage, cell and tissue death, skin barrier damage, inflammation, hyperpigmentation and even premature ageing (photoaging).
Blue light is a type of electromagnetic light that remains unseen to the human eye. Despite its invisibility, it possesses a powerful form of radiation. Similar to the consequences of unprotected sun exposure, blue light radiation can harm your skin, resulting in reduced elasticity and collagen, as well as the emergence of fine lines and wrinkles.
Even just an hour of screen time can inflict damage on your skin, and considering the growing trend of spending more time on electronic devices, the risks are becoming increasingly significant.
How Can You Safeguard Your Skin From Blue Light Rays?
The best way to safeguard your skin from external stressors is to use a broad-spectrum SPF that also blocks blue light radiation.
While many of us may be diligent in using sunscreen when heading outside on a sunny day, it’s equally essential to apply sunscreen even when working from home if it involves using tech. Remember to reapply every two to three hours for optimal defence.
And as we’ve spoken about before – sunscreen isn’t just for the summertime. Read our blog about why it’s important to wear sunscreen all year round.
So What Sunscreen Should You Use?
For the best protection, we advise opting for mineral sunscreens that form a physical barrier on your skin, blocking the light rays effectively. Keep an eye out for key ingredients like zinc oxide, titanium dioxide or iron oxide, as well as active components such as antioxidants.
Our top pick is ZO Skin Health’s broad-spectrum sunscreens. ZO Skin Health is a medical-grade skincare brand founded by the renowned dermatologist Dr Zein Obagi, making it a reliable choice for effective sun protection.
Obagi’s sunscreen range provides an added layer of defence against HEV rays and is available in various formulations tailored to your skin type and preferences. Whether you prefer sheer fluid, gel, or powder to apply over makeup, there’s a perfect fit for you.
Furthermore, if you’ve already noticed signs of photoaging or sun damage, now is an opportune moment to invest in your skincare routine. ZO Skin Health offers products infused with potent ingredients like vitamins C and E, as well as retinol, which can effectively counteract sun damage and reverse early signs of ageing. These antioxidants and active ingredients are present in their moisturisers, serums and powerful treatments.
What sets ZO Skin Health apart is the higher potency of its ingredients compared to standard high-street products, making a noticeable difference to your skin. To access these exceptional products, you’ll need to consult a certified ZO Skin Health practitioner. They will perform a thorough skin analysis and recommend the best-suited products to address your concerns and match your skin type precisely.
Where Can You Get These Fantastic Sunscreens?
At Cliftonville Dental in Northampton, we are your local ZO Skin Health practitioner who is passionate about giving our patients beautiful, healthy skin. Dr Arti Shah has expert training in the best products to reverse signs of sun damage and ageing and can shield your skin from daily stressors like HEV rays.
Just reach out to our friendly reception team at 01604 604545 to book a skincare consultation with Arti. During the consultation, Arti will thoroughly assess both the surface and deeper layers of your skin while discussing your medical and skin history. This comprehensive analysis will enable her to design a personalised skincare routine that suits your unique needs perfectly.
Your plan will be stored in our systems for easy repurchasing. If any product doesn’t work as expected, we can fine-tune your plan until we find the ideal combination that checks all the boxes for your skincare goals!
As technology continues to play an integral role in our daily lives, it’s essential to be mindful of how screens can affect our skin. Blue light radiation emitted by electronic devices can lead to premature ageing, DNA damage and skin barrier impairment.
To safeguard our skin from these stressors, incorporating a broad-spectrum SPF that blocks blue light is crucial, whether indoors or outdoors. Mineral sunscreens with key ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide offer an effective physical barrier against these harmful rays.
Furthermore, investing in high-quality skincare products, such as those offered by ZO Skin Health, can make a significant difference in reversing sun damage and promoting healthier, more youthful-looking skin.
Want to learn more about ZO Skin Health? Read our blog about whether medical-grade skincare is right for you.
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