What you don’t know may be ruining your skin and vision, and your phone’s blue light may be the main culprit. As we ease into September, the season to learn new things, it presents the perfect opportunity to examine the things that keep us all in check: our digital devices. The blue light has come to the forefront of maintaining healthy skin and vision since these two body parts are almost always overexposed. According to physicians at the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the discomfort that people feel staring at the tv, phone or tablet screen is called the “digital eye strain.” Even though blue light can come from the sun’s natural UV rays, the artificial blue light illuminated from digital screens should be on your radar. Not only does the infamous blue light cause sleep deprivation, it also irritates your skin causing hyperpigmentation and discoloration over time. Here are 5 do’s and don’ts to consider adding and subtracting to your daily lifestyle.
- Don’t stare at bright screens at night. For iPhone users, switch on the night mode setting to lower the luminosity or brightness of your phone. Social media apps light Twitter also have a night mode which converts the app’s features in a darker version. This subtle change could increase your sleep schedules. Based on new research by Harvard they have found that blue light suppresses the body’s natural flow of melatonin.
- Don’t stare directly into the sun. This may be a no-brainer but for those who frequently drive or commute without sunglasses can result in overexposure.
- Do drink up the natural lighting as just the right amount of sun is the best source of vitamin D. However, everything that’s beautiful is not always good for you, so take this advice in small doses and adjust where needed. Remember too much of the natural sun can be damaging to the skin, causing breakouts, heat rash and other life-threatening ailments over time.
- Do wear “blue-blocking goggles” or more stylish eyewear glasses. Besides cutting down on your blue light intake, for those who have already been feeling the effects of blue light, should wear special frames that are anti-glare-free for gamers, medical workers who are frequently computing data, and other occupations that require hours online. As a rule of thumb, yellow or red toned sunglasses can be a stylish way of blocking out the blue when it comes to refurbishing your visual hygiene.
- Did you know your phone screen could be breaking you out? The grease and oil buildup on a glass or plastic iPhone or Android screen is horrible. Make sure to disinfect it at least once a week, better if done daily with soft, lint-free cloth or microfiber cloth; cotton swabs; water and rubbing alcohol; or distilled water and white vinegar.
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