Today, it is impossible to picture living without technological gadgets. They are everywhere, from assisting you in making chores easier to assist you in working from a remote place. Gadgets are no more an optional extra in today's fast-paced society; they are a requirement. Everyone, from young boys and girls to adults, relies on different devices such as laptops, tablets, phones, and so on to make their lives simpler, and gadgets perform their job admirably. However, like with anything else, there is a disadvantage to using gadgets such as mobile phones and laptop computers for extended periods.
According to a recent research, current young individuals check their phones more than 157 times each day, whereas elderly people check their phones approximately 60 times per day. When people are concerned or anxious about something, this frequency rises. In addition to causing eyestrain, headaches, impaired vision, and dry eyes, frequent and continuous usage of devices harms the skin.
Dermatologists all across the world have warned about a new pattern of hyperpigmentation, breakouts, and premature aging that is appearing as a result of the continuous use of electronics.
The Benefits and Drawbacks of Blue Light.
Blue light has a strong energy and a short wavelength. There are two types of blue light: natural blue light, which causes the sky to appear blue, and artificial blue light, which adds glare, flicker, and brightness to fluorescent and LED lighting, flat-screen TVs, HD TV screens, mobiles, laptops, electronic notebooks, and other digital devices, among other things.
The excellent blue light generated by the sun is vital for our pleasant mood, memory improvement, sleep and waking cycle (the circadian rhythm), and alertness. Our devices' high energy visible (HEV) blue light penetrates deeper into our skin than UV light that eventually leads to:
- Elastin, hyaluronic acid, and collagen degrade beneath the skin, causing drooping.
- Changes in pigment (melasma)
- Photoaging that occurs too soon
- Suppressed melatonin production, which disrupts the body's circadian cycle and causes sleep deprivation, resulting in puffy eyes, parched skin, and dry circles.
- Inflammation, swelling, and redness
- Dry and irritated eyes, as well as prolonged exposure to blue light, can cause retinal damage.
The dreaded tech neck.
Looking down at a smartphone or laptop can develop permanent creases around the chin and neck, as well as sagging skin around the jowls and lower face.
This is becoming a regular occurrence among persons under the age of thirty. Except for pricey and invasive procedures like lasers and fillers, there is no therapy for this type of irreversible skin damage.
Cell phones are a breeding ground for pathogens.
The phones are more contaminated than a public toilet seat. The more time you spend staring at your phone screen, the more likely you are to develop acne and pimples.
Sweat and bacteria on the phone clog the pores, resulting in pimples, acne cysts, and painful lumps on the skin that may leave a scar.
Preventive measures include:
We understand that you cannot just stop using devices, but you may take certain precautions at home to protect your skin:
- If you're having a long phone call, use the speaker button or a decent quality headphone.
- Instead of gazing down at your phone, hold it up.
- Avoid staring at your phone screen late at night or first thing in the morning. Allow your eyes and skin to rest.
- If you need to read something on your phone, magnify the fonts or stream the phone screen to the huge screen of your laptop or TV.
- To control your sleep pattern, turn off alerts, Wi-Fi, and the screen at least two hours before bedtime.
- Wear sunblock while using the gadgets indoors. Normal sunscreens do not protect HEV light; instead, seek for a vegetable-derived type of melanin as a component in your ‘gadget wear' sunscreen.
- Before going to bed, apply a night serum or moisturizer to reinforce the skin's defense mechanism against HEV, infrared, pollution, and stress-induced damage.
- Stop glancing at your phone at least an hour before bedtime, and try to postpone your evening skincare regimen until after you've turned off your electronics.
- Keep all electronic gadgets away from the bed.
- Establish a routine for checking social media messages and limiting screen time.
- Reduce the brightness of your phone, TV, and laptop, and use dark mode on the screen.
- In the bedroom, use a red nightlight.