Horrifying Alert: Selfies Give You Wrinkles
Assuming you, Kim Kardashian, and the rest of the world got all the selfies out of your system yesterday for National Selfie Day, we’ve decided to use today to warn you against some of the dangers of turning your camera phone on yourself. In short, you might age rapidly, á la a reverse Benjamin Button. What will happen to all the teens?!
At FACE this past Saturday in London—the UK’s leading aesthetic conference and exhibition—a dermatologist, Dr. Simon Zokaie, told The Telegraph, “Those who take a lot of selfies and bloggers should worry. Even the blue light we get from our screens can damage our skin.” Apparently, it can cause wrinkles too. Zokaie added that he constantly sees the damages done on bloggers’ skin. Pray for us.
If you’ve spent months perfecting your selfie angle, you’re in a little bit more of a vulnerable situation: another dermatologist at the conference, Dr. Zein Obagi, said he can also tell which hand you held your phone in. “You start to see dull, dirty-looking texture that you cannot identify on one side of the face,” said Obagi. So soon, we’ll probably all be able to tell exactly how you raise your eyebrows for optimal face sexiness.
There’s really no hope here: your SPF moisturizer won’t save you either. As Zokaie said, “[The light from a phone] is a different wavelength of radiation so sunscreen will not block it.” Dr. Obagi went into depth, saying, “This magnetic field [in the light from your phone] is altering the minerals in the skin. A sunscreen will not protect you. But if you saturate your skin with antioxidants, it can help prevent DNA damage from electronic devices.”
But here’s a question: Is it exposure to our screens in general? Or just the front facing camera light?
In 2011, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery said excessive amounts of time on your smart phone alone could cause wrinkles. Apparently, “the constant downward gaze caused by smartphone use may be causing some individuals to experience more lines and creases on their neck than would appear naturally.”
Stay tuned to Milk for more on this horrifying news.