For most of us, sitting in front of a computer screen consumes a large portion of our days. While you might have considered how staring at your screens all day could possibly affect your eyes, have you ever thought about what it could be doing to your skin?
Here are some facts and fiction about the effect of computers and other screens on your skin’s health.
What Is “Computer Face”?
Premature skin aging caused by computer screens has been dubbed “computer face,” as older desktop computers have been shown to emit UV light, which can lead to lines, wrinkles and skin damage.
Newer computers and laptops, however, don’t emit UV light at all. Instead, they’re typically equipped with LCD or LED screens, which aren’t harmful to your skin.
A Mirrored Effect
While your laptop, tablet and cell phone screens don’t emit harmful UV radiation themselves, use of these devices outdoors in the sun could put your skin at a greater risk of skin cancer and other skin damage. This is because your screens can act like a mirror and reflect UV light from the sun onto your skin.
Tips for Maintaining Healthy Skin
To avoid unnecessary UV exposure when using your laptop or other devices, try to limit using them outdoors in direct sunlight and always wear sunscreen.
It’s also a good idea to schedule an annual check-up appointment with your dermatologist or other skincare specialist to stay on top of your skin health.