A new study revealed great dangers that lie in wait for a person as a result of sitting for long periods in front of computer and mobile screens for more than 6 hours a day.
A study conducted by the company “Unilever” found that 60% of people now spend more than 6 hours per day in front of a digital device that emits blue light.
The study confirmed that staring at a computer or mobile phone screen throughout the week can have similar results for the skin to the effects of sunlight when standing outside without protection.
A team of scientists working in the company examined the effects of receiving blue light emitted from electronic devices on the skin and found that it could cause premature aging, according to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”.
They found that exposure to blue light for five days and for at least six hours a day can have the same effect on the skin as spending 25 minutes in the sun without a protective cream.
Experts recommend taking breaks in front of screens and using skin creams that contain antioxidants, in order to mitigate these effects on human skin.
The team warned of the possibility of developing skin pigmentation that may last for three months, in addition to that these rays may block the production of melatonin, increase levels of the stress hormone and excite the nerves, which in turn leads to disruption of the sleep pattern and an imbalance in the circadian rhythm.
And Dr. Emma Wedgworth, a consultant dermatologist at the British National Health Service, confirmed that blue light may damage the skin by generating “free radicals.”
“These are very active molecules that stick to the skin and cause major cellular changes, they affect the way DNA is repaired,” Wedgeworth added.
The study noted that the percentage of potential harm is related to “the amount of time we spend on our phones and the fact that we keep them in direct contact with our skin.”