Selfies may destroy skin cells, warn health experts


The world has been caught in a selfie frame and no one seems to complain about it. From single selfies to group selfies, it has become part of everyday life. The selfie stick has become a common gadget that people carry with them almost all the time.

Youngsters get glued to their smart phone screens especially after applications like the Tic Tok rule the virtual space. However, health experts, especially the leading dermatologists, warn that posing for too many selfies may damage your skin cells, causing pre-mature ageing.

The electromagnetic radiation emanating from the smart phones can cause serious harm to the skin cells. This report was explained in an article published in the New Zealand Herald. Holding the camera phone right in front of your face would damage the facial skin. Experts say that the blue light emitted from the smart phone screens could be the factor in developing pre mature wrinkles.

Dr Simon Zokaie says, "There are people who take lots of selfies, and bloggers who come to me. I have seen that there is damage and ageing visible on their faces."

Another dermatologist says, "You start to see dull looking texture that you cannot identify on one side of the skin. This magnetic field 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." Both the experts agree that store bought moisturizers wouldn’t protect the skin from the effects of electromagnetic radiation. However, keeping your skin hydrated by drinking lots of water could slow down ageing.

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