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Staring at your phone could be ageing your skin – here's what you can do about it

There's mounting evidence that blue light from digital devices has a detrimental effect on our skin, says Michelle Doherty of Alpha-H

ACCORDING to new research from Avon, only 10 per cent of UK adults are aware that the blue light from digital devices can have an ageing effect on your skin.

"Blue light not only wreaks havoc on our sleeping patterns, but now there is also mounting evidence which points to it having a detrimental effect on our skin, resulting in the early onset of symptoms of premature ageing," says Michelle Doherty, founder of Alpha-H.

"Specifically, these include pigmentation, melasma and brown spots, the breakdown of collagen and elastin, free radical damage and photoageing."

Now that skincare experts have realised how phones and computer screens are affecting us, there are a host of new products on the market designed to counteract the effects of blue light.

"Increased exposure to this type of light can cause considerable oxidative damage to the skin," says Dr Susan Mayou, consultant dermatologist at the Cadogan Clinic.

"Vitamin C has unique antioxidant qualities, so I frequently recommend this to my patients to help tackle – and prevent – this kind of damage."

Adding an antioxidant-rich cream to your skincare routine, morning and night, can act like a sunscreen against the light from digital devices. Here are a few products you could try:

Avon Anew Vitamin C Radiance Booster Capsules, £18

Alpha-H Hyaluronic 8 Serum, £38, available from LookFantastic

Eminence Lilikoi Light Defence Face Primer SPF23, £55, The Skinsmith

Sisley SisleYouth Anti-Pollution Blue Light Shield, £138

Payot Blue Techni Liss Regard Eye Gel, £31.30, Jersey Beauty Company

Uriage Age Protect Multi-Action Detox Night Cream, £30.80, Escentual

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