Dr Maryam Zamani as featured on getthegloss.com
Is blue light making us age faster?
From the light emitted by our laptops to craning over our smartphone screens, tech is said to be triggering early onset wrinkles, fine lines and pigmentation. Are our fears well founded? We asked the experts…
Ageing: it’s happening guys. Nothing stands in Old Master Time’s way (apart from maybe retinol), but most of us know that there are steps that we can take to both boost our health and preserve our youthful vigour. At the risk of echoing the lyrics of Baz Luhrmann’s Wear Sunscreen, here’s the gist in a list: eat well most of the time, move as much as possible, don’t smoke, say no to drugs, establish a grown up and sensible sleep pattern, protect yourself from the sun, see friends often, chill out and throw in a glass of red when the mood takes you (perhaps not yet totally official advice but…should be). Thanks to the pace of modern life, some of the above can prove hard to juggle, but the news that light emitted from our smartphones, computers and tablets could be accelerating ageing is just about tipping us over the edge. What’s the deal with this supposed new sagginess culprit, and given that we spend the vast majority of our time face to face with a screen (this makes me feel a bit sad inside), is there anything that we can realistically do to ward off the evil light? Also, did someone just make this up to make us feel bad? Basically, help.
The light that’s causing such a fuss is also known as ‘blue light’, which is often blamed for disrupting our sleep patterns. Leading aesthetic doctor, ophthalmologist and oculoplastic surgeon Dr Maryam Zamani explains exactly what it is, and how it could potentially be affecting our skin:
“HEV, also known as high energy visible light is high frequency, high energy light that is in the violet/blue band from 400-500 nm.”
“It has been implicated as a cause of age-related macular degeneration and most recently has raised concerns as being as harmful as damage caused by UVA and UVB combined.”