Is Your Selfie Habit Giving You Wrinkles?

How to protect against your smartphone screen’s aging blue gleam

do selfies cause wrinkles
(Photo: Norman Wong)

Well here’s a sad bit of irony: Snapping dozens of iPhone pics to get that one super-cute selfie might actually be making you not-so-cute in the long run, and you can blame that blue-ish glow from your screen.

“We’ve been protecting ourselves with sunscreen against the invisible spectrum of light: UVA and UVB,” explains , the Paris-based pro whose celeb clients include Cindy Crawford. “But now, we know that there’s one part of visible light that can be aggressive towards our skin.”

Sebagh is referring to published studies that have found that the high-energy visible (HEV) light emitted by our digital devices can lead to dark spots and wrinkles, much like the havoc the sun can wreak. “Anatomically, it’s the same free-radical damage,” says Sebagh.

While that research isn’t brand new (most studies are from 2008), products that can protect against HEV light are now landing in Canada. A New Jersey–based chemistry company has developed Liposhield—look for it listed as “melanin” on ingredient lists. The compound is a form of fractionated melanin (melanin is the pigment our skin creates to protect itself from the sun) that can absorb the harmful wavelengths (though you’ll still need good ole broad-spectrum sunscreen to banish the UV bad guys, too).

ZO Oclipse Smart Tone Broad Spectrum SPF 50, available early 2017. Dr Sebagh Supreme Day Cream, $320, geebeauty.ca

Sebagh added melanin to his new Supreme Day Cream, which also packs free radical–fighting antioxidants, and it will also be in ZO Oclipse Smart Tone Broad Spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen, which is expected to hit Canadian medi-spas and derm offices early 2017.

Kylie Jenner, you might want to nab yourself a bottle.

Related:
This Montreal Skincare Line Just Got Oprah’s Blessing
Localist Guide: The Best Places to Take a Selfie in Canada
Microbiome Skincare: Is Bacteria the Key to Perfect Skin?

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