All of us spend more than half our days in front of a computer or smartphone, don’t we? We’re all familiar with the fact that most of the time, sitting in front of a laptop or computer transforms our posture for the worse. However, this isn’t the only damage it’s doing—it’s also affecting your skin. Yes, you read that right—your computer is causing harm to the skin on your hands and face.
A recent study claimed that sitting in the front of the computer for 20 minutes caused the exact amount of damage as sitting out in the sun for the same time. While we’re all aware that the sun is probably our skin’s worst enemy, little did we know that both, our computer and smartphone are also doing an unimaginable amount of damage to our skin. Think about how many hours we spend with these gadgets and how much harm they’ve done to our skin already!
The screens of our smartphones, computers, and tablets, emit blue light that like UV rays increases the risk of skin disorders such as hyperpigmentation. In addition to this, this blue light can also be the reason behind premature ageing, as well as tech neck, and the formation of wrinkles on your hands and face.
While we can’t give up any digital screens, as the world practically thrives on them, there are a few things we could do to make sure our skin’s protected even if we aren’t standing in the sun for hours.
Read on to know how you could protect your skin from your computer, phone, or tablet.
1. SPF is non-negotiable
Sunscreen is skin’s strongest protector. Even if you aren’t heading outdoors, and aren’t going to make any contact with harsh sunlight, using a moisturizer with at least SPF 30 can help you prevent blue light from doing unspeakable damage to your skin.
We recommend: The Lakmé Sun Expert Fairness + UV Lotion SPF 24 & PA++.
2. Load up on antioxidants
You could be doing everything in your power to protect your skin from the outside, but the foods that you consume also play a major role in determining whether your skin’s healthy or not. By eating foods that are rich in antioxidants, we give our skin the strength it needs to combat UV rays, blue light, and more.
We recommend: A big helping of Vitamin C throughout the year and the Lakmé Peach Milk Moisturiser that consists of a rich blend of vitamins and antioxidants.
3. Moisturise your face and neck regularly
As we mentioned before, the blue light emitted from smartphones, tablets or computers is responsible for the tech neck. In order to avoid suffering from this, it’s a good idea to moisturize your neck (and your face if you aren’t wearing any makeup) on a regular basis.
We recommend: The Pond’s Age Miracle Firm & Lift Face & Neck Lifting Day Cream SPF 30 PA+++ that boosts collagen production while giving your skin three times more cell renewal power.
4. Use a blue light filter
This is an extremely way to decrease the damage blue light does to your skin—all you need is a blue light filter on your phone. If you can’t seem to get hold of one of these, you could adjust the display settings on your phone or computer and manually decrease the blue light emissions.