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Woman, 29, horrified to discover how blue light from her phone and computer screen has aged her skin – and now she wears SPF 30 indoors


A WOMAN was left horrified at discovering how the “blue light” from her phone and computer has damaged her skin.

Bianca Knight, 29, from Surrey, found out just how aged her skin was when she did a Brown Scale Surface Pigmentation Test after starting work in the cosmetics industry.

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Bianca Knight, 29, said she was shocked at the damage done to her skin after years of being in front of her phone and computer[/caption]

She underwent a skin peel to help heal the damage, but is now so concerned about blue light damage that she wears a special SPF30 indoors.

Blue light – also known as high energy visible light (HEV) – is a natural part of sunlight, but is also emitted from your electronic devices.

Unlike UVA and UVB light it is not linked to skin cancer, but it can still have an effect on your face.

Too much exposure to high-energy light can accelerate ageing, research suggests.

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Bianca had a Brown Scale Surface Pigmentation Test to see the damage[/caption]

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After a month of good skincare, she had another test and her results had improved and showed less damage[/caption]

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Bianca said: “I used to work in investment banking, but when I was 25 I had a career change and moved over to working in the cosmetics industry.

“Suddenly, I had a huge wake-up call to just how bad my skin was.”

She added that she had always loved being brown and previously used sunbeds regularly.

Bianca visited Dr Rekha Tailor at Health and Aesthetics, Surrey, who offered her the Brown Scale Surface Pigmentation Test.

She added: “I was horrified to discover the extent of damage to not only the outer layers of the skin, as would be expected from UV light, but also from the lower layers of the skin from the HEV Light.”

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Bianca during her first consultation with Dr Rekha Tailor at Health and Aesthetics[/caption]

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She returned after having a facial peel and wearing light protection cream[/caption]

She pointed out that her photographs were covered in dark circles which showed her skin was damaged.

HEV light is said to negatively affect the skin by inducing it to produce free radicals, which are unstable electrons that can accelerate the skin’s ageing process.

HEV has a slightly longer wavelength than UV light so can penetrate the skin more deeply and damage the elastin that keeps it supple.

Horrified by the test results, Bianca had a three-step face peel and took care of her skin for a month before retaking the test.

This time there were fewer dark patches revealing that the skin damage had been reduced.

She now wears SPF30 every day which has HEV protection as well as UV filters – even when she isn’t going outside.

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She now wears SPF30 every day which has HEV protection as well as UV filters[/caption]

Dr Rekha Tailor said: “People are becoming more aware of the need to protect their skin from the sun and its harmful rays.

“However, they don’t realise that HEV is also damaging out skin. This is in all the light around us.

“Even taking selfies are ageing your skin due to the HEV light emitted from your phone.

“You don’t need to be in the sun to be suffering from sun damage. In any level of daylight, your skin is constantly being bombarded with UVA, UVB and HEV rays which are consistently damaging and ageing your skin.

“Using protection all day, everyday which protects you from all three of these is essential.

“It is important to make sure your daily skincare regime includes not just UVA and UVB protection, but also HEV protection and wear it 365 days a year to get the very best protection for your skin.”

DOES HEV CAUSING THE SKIN TO AGE?

High energy visible light is a natural part of sunlight, but is also emitted from your electronic devices.

The study of nine people, published in the journal Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, found that the carotenoids in people’s skin decreased with exposed to high energy light.

Carotenoids help give your skin its colour and a lack of it can cause age spots and discolouration.

But Dr Sweta Rai, a spokeswoman for the British Association of Dermatologists, said the study did not find any definitive ageing associated with exposure to high energy light.

What the study did note was that the light from your phone can cause pigmentation, which can create the illusion of being older.

However, Dr Sweta Rai, a spokeswoman for the British Association of Dermatologists, said a study in the journal Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity did not find any definitive ageing associated with exposure to high energy light.

What the study did note was that the light from your phone can cause pigmentation, which can create the illusion of being older.

“There aren’t really any trials that show it can cause ageing,” she said.

“It can cause some pigmentation problems and they can give you a falsely aged appearance, we see that often in darker skin people.

“If you look at a pristine face and put brown spots on it will look aged from sun damage.”


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