Let's face it, we all love a good selfie. Thanks to the likes of the Kardashians, they've become a huge part of our daily routine, with Snapchat and Instagram being the biggest selfie platforms. But are you aware of the damage that it's doing to your skin? Sorry guys, but we're about to crush all of your selfie dreams.
Lifestyle blogger Mehreen Baig takes up to 50 selfies a day for her blog and Instagram, which is a hell of a lot of photos. In an article for The Daily Mail, she investigated the harmful effects that the HEV light emitted from phones could cause to our skin.
She started noticing things from "freckles on [her] cheeks, to larger pores than usual and dark circles under [her] eyes", so enlisted the help of dermatologist Dr Simon Zokaie.
After some tests, he revealed that her "skin has indeed been damaged by HEV light, and a lot of the damage is still under [her] skin, not yet visible to the naked eye. The predominant damage on [her] skin from HEV light was evident through pigmentation and new freckles, and the brown spots on [her] cheeks were a direct result of light from [her] computer screen and mobile phones." That's pretty scary stuff.
We can only imagine how much damage selfie queen Kim's skin may have suffered. While suncream can't protect you from the harmful rays of HEV light, you can use an antioxidant serum during the day to help reduce effects of premature ageing by slowing down the process of oxidation in the skin.
Or, you can just stop taking selfies. But that's probably not going to happen, is it?
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.