For many people, 10 minutes away from your smarpthone can feel like a lifetime.
But a new warning by a dermatologist may urge you to spend less time with your smartphone in your hand.
Dr Shyamalar Gunatheesan, a Consultant Dermatologist at the Skin and Cancer Foundation at the Biologic Psoriasis and Nail clinics, has warned that blue light from your smartphone is as bad for your skin as the sun.
Speaking to A Current Affair, Dr Gunatheesan explained that five working days in front of a digital device can have the same impact on the skin as 25 minutes in the sun.
She said: “It takes about seven minutes to actually get a tan. So that is significant.
“Exposure to blue light, especially long, prolonged periods, you do get a bit more hyperpigmentation, so that brown discoloration that can happen.
“We certainly see it predisposes to skin ageing, mottling of skin and a bit of dehydration.”
According to Dr Gunatheesan, the simplest way to protect your skin is to limit the amount of time you spend on your devices.
She added: “It’s good for your mental state, but it’s also good for your eyes and skin.”
Alternatively, active smartphone users should consider using skincare products that contain antioxidants including Vitamin B3 or Vitamin C.
She said: “Typical sunscreens don’t block blue light because it’s in the visible spectrum.
“Iron oxide is the best visible light blocker. So, a tinted sunscreen or a tinted make-up which has got some iron oxides would actually be better than the sunscreens that we have now.”