Apply Sunscreen–before Going Online?

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By Sarah Stanley

Here’s a sentence to scare everyone: Your electronic devices can make your skin ugly. We thought it was bad enough that electronics are bad for your eyes and your sleep. Now, according to this article from Women’s Health, preliminary studies are being conducted on the link between HEV light and your skin.

Every electronic device that you own emits a blue light called High-Energy Visible light (HEV). This is the light that is responsible for keeping you alert and focused on the task at hand–whether it’s playing Candy Crush or scheduling a doctor’s appointment.

Though not as studied as ultraviolet light (a type of light that is already notorious for its damaging effects) HEV light is close enough on the spectrum to UV light that it could have similarly negative effects.

David E. Bank, M.D, from the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic, and Laser Surgery says that HEV can possibly cause dryness, inflammation, wrinkles, and uneven pigmentation, which all sound like side-effects of forgetting to apply sunscreen at the beach.

Let’s be realistic—even if these claims do turn out to be true, not many people are going to reduce their HEV consumption.

Even worse is the notion that bigger screens equal more effects, which means your flat-screen TV could be the arch nemesis of your skin.

But perhaps knowing that all that late-night Instagram scrolling is ruining your skin may be a good enough reason to reduce screen time in small ways every day.

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