Could your screen be causing sun damage?

8 November 2015

Modern technologies can often feel like the best and worst things that have happened to us in recent years. There are some undeniably brilliant results from strives being made in the tech sector, our lives are constantly becoming more streamlined and efficient, but all these capabilities also come with a down side.

Between our computers, mobile phones and tablets we spend a huge amount of time looking at electronic screens. It’s damaging our sleeping patterns, leaving us constantly distracted and unable to switch off. What’s more, new research has also revealed it could be damaging our skin too – even more severely than the sun’s UV rays!

Our electrical devices emit high-energy visible light (HEV), or blue light as it is sometimes called, which the study has found penetrates our skin to a deeper level than UV rays, causing premature ageing and potentially damaging our DNA.

Dimitri James, CEO and Founder of cosmetics brand Skinn commented, “Evidence suggests that HEV penetrates more deeply than UV rays, causing accelerated ageing, discolouration and wrinkles… it may be damaging to DNA as well… (causing) coarse looking skin with advanced signs of ageing - slackening, wrinkling (and) loss of volume.”

But with ‘unplugging’ an unlikely option for the majority of us who spend all day working at a computer, what can we do to protect our skin?

Unfortunately, your usual SPF isn’t sufficient to protect from HEV skin damage, but a new ingredient has been created to help shield your face from the harmful rays. Look out for cosmetics containing Liposhield HEV Melanin; it’s been especially developed to combat blue light rays and is the best way to save skin from your tech addiction!

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