It’s time to face the facts about skin damage and your screen habits

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Glued to your screens in an endless scroll?

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It’s Zoom doom on your skin! We spend endless hours in front of technology, and all that blue light is literally aging us before our very eyes.

“The extra screen time that has occurred during the coronavirus pandemic has been proven to trigger premature skin aging and hyperpigmentation,” says Dr Stacy Chimento, dermatologist at the River Chase Dermatology Clinic based in Florida. “Although blue light is also emitted by the sun, some studies show that blue light can penetrate the skin deeper than UV rays. “

When the skin is exposed to blue light, it leads to DNA damage and even inflammation, explains Chimento, and eventually it can break down healthy collagen, which causes the skin to age.

“If you spend a lot of screen time, wear sunscreen, even when working indoors.”

“If you spend a lot of screen time, wear sunscreen, even when working indoors.”

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Many of us don’t think about how screen time stresses or damages our skin, says Elaine Li, owner of Iremia Skincare, a Canadian line that soothes sensitive skin. “Stress can really disrupt the health of our skin, leading to a compromised skin barrier and greater long-term transepidermal water loss.”

Li recommends protecting your skin from cold winters and avoiding further water loss. Wear mineral sunscreen all year round. This is the key to preventing pigmentation, sun damage and keeping your skin healthy, adds Li – “This is especially true for those with skin problems, like rosacea and eczema.”

Activate night mode on your devices and use a screen protector to reduce blue light emission, recommend experts. “Reducing blue light exposure and managing your overall stress has an overall positive effect on your health, which is reflected through your skin,” Li adds.

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According to Mélany Renaud, from Quebec skin care company La Maison Clayton Shagal, we often squint when we look at screens for hours, which can lead to fine lines around the eyes. Add to that other skin disruptors as well as blue light including the sun, pollution, stress and unhealthy eating habits and you have a recipe for premature skin aging.

Along with the decrease in the elasticity of the skin, the water-holding capacity of the skin also decreases. “Collagen, elastin, and hydration are all needed to maintain a youthful appearance,” Renaud said in a recent interview, adding that establishing a skin care routine to hydrate your skin both over and under. the surface is essential to protect it from free radicals.

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Stay hydrated outdoors: Washing your face, hands, or body can potentially rob your skin of its natural oils, explains Chimento. These oils help retain moisture and therefore it is essential to replace them. So, you should always make sure to use moisturizer every time you wash your skin, especially during the winter.

Using a humidifier can help add moisture to the air during the winter when the indoor heating is on, she says. Having more water in the air can act as a natural moisturizer, which in turn can prevent and relieve dry skin.

Foaming or salicylic acid-based cleansers can dry out; Cleansing balms, creams and oils can effectively wash the skin while keeping it hydrated without disrupting the skin barrier, recommends Chimento. Add use a good exfoliant. Don’t overdo it, once a week is usually fine.

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Moisturizing the skin in winter is a must, says Chimento. “Humectants (ie hyaluronic acid and glycerin) extract water from the air and carry it into the skin. Emollients, which usually come in the form of lotions and creams, help with skin barrier function. And occlusives are oils and waxes that form a layer on the skin that physically prevents water from escaping. The ideal moisturizer for winter should contain all three components.

Your winter skincare app can look a lot like your selection of outerwear for your skin, she adds. Much like layered clothing during the winter months, your skin needs the same treatment to prevent overdrying. Layering your skin care allows you to treat multiple skin issues with different products at the same time.

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“A good rule of thumb is to layer it from lightest to heaviest – that is, aqueous toner first, serum second, and moisturizer third). As the final step in any nighttime skin regimen, overnight masks can help lock in any serums, creams, and oils you’ve applied before, ”she adds.

Be kind to your skin

Blue Light Mist from Omy Laboratories protects the skin from the negative impact of blue light emitted by electronic devices, as well as the continuous impacts of our daily environment. Ultra-fine mist of antioxidants instantly refreshes with its green tea scent; www.omycosmetics.com.

OMY - Mist of Blue Light
OMY – Mist of Blue Light Photo provided /OMY

Berry Rich from Graydon Skincare is formulated with bilberry seed oil which is clinically proven to protect against blue light. This oil offers antioxidant properties that help protect the skin from the effects of free radicals produced by UV light; graydonskincare.com.

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Iremia skin care
Iremia skin care provided

Hydrate your skin with a full glass of water: Protective Cream – Rich and Nourishing from Iremia Skincare nourishes dry, hypersensitive skin with natural antioxidants and soothing herbal ingredients that create a barrier to protect the skin from the environment. Also works on mature skin to improve elasticity and protect against fine lines; www.iremiaskincare.ca.

Hydractive Skin Care - Marcelle
Hydractive Skin Care – Marcelle Photo by Marcelle /provided

The Marcelle Hydractive Gift Set includes a 24 hour day and night hydrating gel that helps keep skin nourished during long days on the computer. Also includes Hydractive Anti-Fatigue Eye Contour Gel and Hydractive Hydrating Energizing Mist; www.marcelle.com.

Clayton - Shagal Collagen Gel
Clayton – Shagal Collagen Gel Photo by Clayton-Shagal /provided

Moisturize the skin with Clayton Shagal Collagen Gel to help reduce signs of premature aging and damage from UV rays. Recommended for ages 35 and under. Protect mature skin and improve its elasticity with Collagen Gel Plus; https://claytonshagal.com/ca/en

The eyes suffer from too much time on our devices. The eucalyptus aromatherapy mask from the Magic Bag spa line helps relaxation and promotes sleep. Use cold to soothe tired, swollen eyes; www.masdelinc.com/fr.

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