With the COVID-19 pandemic raging for over two years now, we have been overly exposed to screens and harmful blue light leading to severe headaches, watery eyes, back and neck pain. The blue light exposure to your skin can light lead to pigmentation more than the usual UVA/UVB. 

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Overexposure to blue light can lead to speeding in the aging process. CMR, an Indian technology research firm, stated an 11% increase in screen exposure in a year. It spiked from about 4.9 hours in 2019 to 5.5 hours in March 2020. The pandemic has made us adhere to the work from home lifestyle, forcing us to continuously be in front of screens (phones, laptops, and tablets). 

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In order to lessen or avoid the blue light effects of the screens, sunscreen is a must! Samir Modi, founder and managing director of Colorbar cosmetics, said that 3 hours of screens and blue light exposure is equal to one hour in the sun. 

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Tips to avoid increasing damage to your skin: 

  1. Make conscious efforts to have time off of your screens
  2. Avoid mobile phones before you sleep
  3. Wipe your mobile phones squeaky clean throughout the day with alcohol swabs
  4. Look out for skin issues on the side of your face, which is usually exposed to the phone
  5. Lastly, use sunblock/sunscreen even when you are home