How many selfies do you snap every day? UK blogger Mehreen Baig takes around 50, and after a while, she started to wonder if the High Energy Visible light emitted by her phone could be causing premature ageing. Cue all of us feeling slightly concerned.
Turns out the old HEV light – which is also put out by laptop screens and tablets – has been accused of having a harmful effect on skin in some scientific studies.
But before you freak out and throw your phone off a 17-storey building, you should know that there are plenty of doctors calling BS on this whole idea, too.
New York dermatologist Scott Dunbar says, “There's no evidence that visible light, even at high intensity, contributes much to premature skin ageing.” Well, thank f*** for that.
And if you ARE still freaking out? Mehreen’s dermatologist, Dr Simon Zokaie, says using an antioxidant serum during the day, and a thicker antioxidant cream or gel at night, will help slow down and reverse any free-radical damage that HEV light might cause.
Can someone pass me my selfie stick? Ta.