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Selfies Cause Skin's Premature Aging

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Taking selfies has become a usual routine for most of the people these days. Just one snap and off they go online for the world to see. If you've been on Facebook for an hour, you'd definitely agree with me that news feeds are always flooded with selfies. Psychologists would suggest that selfies somehow boost self-esteem especially when it receives quite number of likes or good comments. However, a concern was raised recently by a certified selfie-addict and blogger. She noticed sudden changes on her skin's complexion. It seems like her skin has been aging faster than it should be. Worried now? Keep reading.

Lifestyle blogger Mehreen,26 from London, who takes 50 photos of herself a day started worrying when she noticed that there are visible freckles on her cheeks, larger pores and unusual dark circles under her eyes. So she set up an appointment with a dermatologist, Dr. Simon Zokaie, to assess her skin and discover the real culprit of her sudden aging skin.

It's all due to HEV ( High Energy Visible) light emitted by her phone. Yes! You read it right, MOBILE PHONES. HEV light is the blue light emitted by devices such as mobile phones, tablets, and laptops. Studies has suggested that HEV is just as harmful as UVA and UVB light. According to Dr. Zokaie, there are three main factors that causes skin damage: pollution, sun damage and HEV light. When these three are combined, it causes heat and inflammation under the skin which slows down the skin's ability to heal  and protect itself. When Mehreen had her skin tested on a machine, Dr. Zokaie informed her that indeed the new freckles and brown spots on her cheeks were predominantly caused by the HEV light from her computer screen and mobile phones. He also added that the HEV damage is also causing her breakouts to take longer to heal. 

Since then, stories like this has appeared on sites like Vogue , Allure and Telegraph. Aside from the HEV light, constant usage of gadgets such as mobiles and tablets also disrupts sleeping pattern. As they would say, a good sleep is a beauty rest. So if you're thinking to quit taking selfies, perhaps you should follow the popular advice to unplug an hour before you go to bed. And for women out there with families, a day with no online connection is a good way to relax and be one with nature, a much better way to slow down aging. 


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