Dr. Rinky Kapoor, Cosmetic Dermatologist & Dermato-Surgeon, The Esthetic Clinics, has shared the reasons why one should not use too many gadgets and some precautions.
It’s quite difficult to imagine life without electronic gadgets today. They are everywhere, from helping you make homework easy to helping you work from distant locations. In this fast-paced world, gadgets are not accessories, now a necessity. From boys and girls to adults, everyone relies on various gadgets such as computers, tablets, cellphones, etc. To make their lives easier and gadgets do their part beautifully. However, like everything else, there are disadvantages of prolonged use of devices such as cellphones and laptops.
In a recent study, it was found that modern young adults glance at their phones more than 157 times a day and older people tend to check their cellphones about 60 times a day. This frequency increases when they are stressed or anxious about something. Apart from causing eye fatigue, headaches, blurred vision, and dry eyes, the use of gadgets is continuous and damages the skin as well. Dermatologists around the world have warned about new patterns of hyperpigmentation, breakouts, premature aging that have emerged with the constant use of gadgets.
There are three main causes:
1. Blue light is good and bad
Blue light is a high-energy light with a short wavelength. There are two types of blue light: natural ones that make the sky look blue and artificial ones that add light, flickering, and brightness to fluorescent and LED lighting, flat screen TVs, HD TV screens, cellphones, laptops, electronic notebooks, and other digital devices, etc. Good blue light emitted from the sun is very important for our good mood, improves memory, improves sleep and wake cycles (circadian rhythm, and remains alert. High energy visible (HEV) blue light from our gadget penetrates deeper into our skin rather than UV light and leads to:
Elastin, hyaluronic acid, and damage to collagen under the skin cause sagging skin
Change in pigment (melasma)
Suppresses the supply of melatonin, which interferes with the body’s circadian rhythm and causes lack of sleep, which in turn results in swollen eyes, dry skin, and dry circles.
Redness, swelling, and inflammation
Dry and itchy eyes and continuous exposure to blue light can even cause retinal damage.
2. Famous technology neck
Looking down on smartphones and laptops can cause permanent wrinkles around the chin and neck and cause the skin around the jaw and lower face to relax. Nowadays it has become a common phenomenon with people under the age of thirty. The biggest weakness? There is no treatment for this type of permanent damage to the skin except expensive and aggressive treatments such as lasers and fillers.
3. The telephone is a hotbed for breeding germs.
Phones carry more bacteria than public toilet seats. The more time a cellphone screen spends on your face, the higher the chance of acne and blemishes. Sweat and germs on the phone cause clogged pores that cause pimples, acne cysts, and painful bumps on the skin that may leave scars.
We understand that you cannot stop using gadgets alone, but that you do some preventative things at home to prevent damage to your skin:
1. Use good quality speaker or earphone buttons if you have a long conversation on the phone.
2. Hold your phone instead of looking down.
3. Try not to stare at the cellphone screen late at night or first thing in the morning. Give your eyes and skin a chance to rest.
4. If you have to read something on the cellphone then zoom in on the font, or stream the cellphone screen on the widescreen laptop or TV.
5. Turn off notifications, Wi-Fi, and the screen at least two hours before bedtime to adjust your sleep patterns.
6. Wear sunscreen indoors when using the device. Normal sunscreens don’t protect from HEV light, look for a form of melanin that comes from vegetables as an ingredient in your ‘wear’ gadget sunscreen.
7. Use night serum or moisturizer before bedtime to strengthen the skin’s defense mechanism against HEV, infrared, pollution, damage from stress.
8. Stop looking at your cell phone for at least an hour before going to bed and try to delay your nighttime skin care routine until after you turn off the gadget.
9. Keep the device away from the bed.
10. Create a schedule to check social media messages and limit screen time
11. Maintain the brightness of your phone, TV, laptop and select dark mode on the screen
12. Use red night lights for the bedroom.
You can also help your skin and eyes by using the following home remedies:
1. Soak some almonds in milk overnight. Make a paste from it in the morning and spread it around the eyes as a pack. This will refresh the eyes and reduce dark circles.
2. Rest your eyes using the 20-20-20 rule. For every 20 minutes, you spend time looking at the screen, staring at a distant wall for 20 seconds, and flashing for 20 seconds.
3. Use cucumbers or cold spoons around the eyes and avoid rubbing your eyes.
4. Marigold facial packages will help prevent premature aging and increase collagen production in the skin. Make a package by cursing two marigolds and mixing them with half a spoonful of yogurt. Apply on face and leave on for 20 minutes before washing. Do this three times a week.
5. Neem, tulsi, and turmeric face packages help reduce the signs of aging, inflammation and increase collagen and elastin production. Roll the tulsi leaves, neem leaves, one teaspoon of turmeric and yogurt to make a smooth paste. Apply to face and allow to dry before washing. Do this three times a week.
6. The gooseberry and curd package will tighten the skin. Use twice a week
7. Use sha rollers or jade rollers for lymphatic massage. This will help dry out free radicals caused by exposure to blue light.
8. Eat pigmented fruits and vegetables such as blackberries, eggplants, figs, grapes, raisins, red cabbage etc.
By Dr. Rinky Kapoor, Consultant Dermatologist, Cosmetic Dermatologist & Skin Surgeon, Aesthetic Clinic
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