Bad news for anyone who takes selfies (which is basically everyone): Taking one can speed up your skin’s aging process.
This isn’t a joke. Your selfie-taking days could be coming to an end, unless you don’t mind having a few extra wrinkles in your photos. Apparently, some doctors think they can actually tell which hand you take your selfies with simply by finding which side of your face is the most damaged. According to dermatologists, selfies can expose our faces to a smartphone’s electromagnetic radiation. This radiation can then damage our DNA and, in turn, damage our skin.
“Those who take a lot of selfies and bloggers should worry. Even the blue light we get from our screens can damage our skin,” said Dr Simon Zokaie, the Medical Director of the Linia Skin Clinic. “It’s a different wavelength of radiation so sunscreen will not block it.”
Vancouver Dermatologist Dr. Jason River, however, claims that the main cause of skin damage and wrinkles is from the sun, not from our smartphones. “Wrinkles are caused mainly by ultraviolet radiation from the sun, and these devices don’t produce that type of radiation,” he said.
But according to the video above, radiation isn’t the only thing we have to worry about when taking selfies. We can pass bacteria from our phones to our hands to our faces while taking a selfie. So while one selfie every so often might not be too detrimental to your skin, taking a lot of selfies could potentially hurt you. Get the picture?