Bad news for those who are constantly on their phone, dermatologists have warned patients that constantly exposing your face to the light and radiation from smartphones may damage your skin, speeding up ageing and promoting wrinkles.
And it’s not just limited to talking on the phone but also by taking selfies!
Apparently, doctors can tell which hand a person holds their phone in just by looking at which side of the face is most damaged, they said.
“Those who take a lot of selfies and bloggers should worry. Even the blue light we get from our screens can damage our skin,” said Simon Zoakei, Medical Director of the Linia Skin Clinic in the UK.
Experts feel that electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones ages skin by damaging the DNA, reports Tech 2.
It can cause breaks in the DNA strand which can prevent skin repairing itself and place oxidative stress on cells, ultimately promoting wrinkles, the Telegraph reported.
“You start to see dull dirty looking texture that you cannot identify on one side of the face,” said Zein Obagi, who founded the Obagi Skin health Institute in the US.
“I think we need to create a defence mechanism, light has some sort of magnetic think that is happening to the skin. This magnetic field is altering the minerals in the skin. A sunscreen will not protect you,” said Obagi.
The experts also argued that most over-the-counter moisturisers and oils do not work and may make skin worse, and that ‘a good scrub’ is the best way to keep skin healthy.
Dr Obagi added: “You cannot hydrate the skin from the outside. We have to stimulate the skin to bring back hydration from within.
“When you put your hand in the water for half an hour you see it white and crinkly you don’t see any more hydration. There is a reason that women have more problems with sensitive skin than men. It’s because women use products.