Can your phone or computer really age your skin?

Our face is daily exposed to light waves which can damage and age the skin. But it’s not just the sun causing problems – now some scientists are claiming light from laptops and smartphones can be dangerous too. Electronic devices emit high energy visible (HEV) blue light, which some studies have shown to be as harmful as UVA and UVB rays, penetrating deeply into the skin.

One study has suggested exposure to blue light could affect the skin’s ability to heal – a key factor in speeding up the ageing process, and they’ve created a product to help combat it. A recent study from Mary Logue at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, found holding a device like an iPhone or MacBook on a sunny day could increase the skin’s exposure to UV light by up to 75%.

While sunscreen may help protect against UV rays, it won’t protect the skin from blue light. Clinical facialist Kate Kerr said: “HEV (high-energy visible) light, which is emitted from our phone and computer screens, is as damaging if not more so than UV light from the sun, penetrating more deeply than UV light and has a negative impact on the DNA within the cells as well as causing oxidative stress and inflammation. This all accelerates skin ageing.”

Is it really bad?

Studies had shown blue light interferes with the body’s circadian rhythm – which regulates sleep – and it’s when we sleep that our bodies take the opportunity to repair cellular damage.

“Anything which interferes with sleep affects the body’s ability to heal,” he said. “In skin, this means it affects its ability to repair itself which leads to accelerated ageing.”

What to do?

If you’re worried about your levels of blue light exposure you can try a specialist cream designed to block HEV light. Also use an antioxidant serum for protection, a serum at night to stimulate collagen production and stabilize the melanocytes which cause pigmentation. Wearing a  good SPF sunscreen will also help limit the effects from reflected UVA and UVB rays.

But experts agree the best prevention is to avoid using your phone for long periods outside.

 

5 AWESOME BENEFITS OF COFFEE FOR SKIN & BODY

Many of us can’t live without that hot cup of aromatic coffee to get us going in the morning. Did you know that you can use that coffee to help beautify your hair and skin as well? Coffee contains large amounts of multiple antioxidants and Hydrocinnamic acids are very effective at neutralizing free radicals and preventing oxidative stress. Used coffee grounds and are just too good to be wasted!

Check out below the reasons why you should rub this goodness all over you:

  • Use it as an exfoliator to achieve silky and smooth skin

Give your skin a boost by using coffee grounds! To use the grounds, grind your coffee beans so that it isn’t a sharp exfoliant, but a more gentle one. Then, gently scrub the grounds all over your skin. Rubbing them into your skin helps to slough off dead skin cells, leaving it refreshed and re-energized. Don’t forget to apply a moisturizing cream or serum after you the exfoliation.

  • Eliminate puffy tired eyes & dark circles

Puffy eyes are as a result of fluid retention in the under-eye region. What coffee does for your eyes is to constrict the blood vessels just below the eye skin’s surface, which reduces the swelling of puffiness, and it can help balance out skin tone too. All you need is one-half teaspoon of ground up coffee beans, a pinch of ground black pepper, a half-teaspoon of coconut oil and a few drops of water. Combine the ingredients into the palm of your hand using your finger, and then apply it in equal proportions to the underneath of each lower eyelid. Leave the mixture on for 5 to 10 minutes, or until it starts to dry. Then gently wipe it away with a damp cotton ball or soft tissue.  You’ll look well rested, refreshed!

  •  Reduce the appearance of cellulite

Cellulite is something most people struggle with, no matter how much you work out. The caffeine in coffee helps to dilate blood vessels, which temporarily tones and tightens tissue while improving blood circulation and reducing water retention .Caffeine in coffee is known for firming and toning skin by reducing fluid retention and cellulite.

  • Prevent clogged pores

Experts say coffe’s acidity helps to boost the skin’s protective barrier, which keeps your skin healthier. Coffee tightens pores and shrinks them which gives skin a flawless and youthful appearance. Use these coffee-infused ice cubes to promote that youthful look! Brew some coffee and pour it into an ice cube tray. Freeze until it turns to ice. Then wrap an ice cube in a hanky and dab on your face.

  •  Give shine to your hair

The acidity in coffee not only helps to smooth the cuticle of the hair, but it gives it extra shine. Make a cup of coffee and let it cool down completely the take it to the shower with you. After washing your hair, pour the coffee on it then rinse off with cold water.

There are many different ways of using coffee grounds. What’s your way? Please share your experience in the comments below!

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