In today’s modern workforce, the majority of workers (barring tradies) spend most of their time in front of their computers. It’s something that holds true across diverse industries and job titles, making it something most Australians have in common.

Unfortunately, many skincare experts suspect that it might also be the thing responsible for worsening damage to your skin. A recent study by Unilever Skincare Research reveals that just four days of working in front of a computer has the same effect on your skin as 20 minutes spent in the sun. Here’s why experts suspect screen time is so harmful to skin and what you can do about mitigating the possible damage.

Most screens that you spend time with (from tablets to smartphones to laptops) are constantly emitting levels of high energy visible light, otherwise known as blue light. While these levels aren’t very intense and research into their effects is still ongoing, it is known that they can penetrate theskin to a deeper level than UV rays and possibly exacerbate photo ageing already present in the skin. Over time this can add up and can worsen sun damage symptoms such as pigmentation, fine lines and age spots.

So what are we supposed to do with this information – especially when more research is needed to seeexactly what our screens are doing to our skin? We suggest implementing an overall ‘better safe than sorry’ approach of wearing sunscreen at all times. This is a good habit to cultivate. If you get into the habit of applying sunscreen come rain or shine you’ll be less likely to forget it on days when you’re out and about in the midday sun and its UV rays.

It’s also important to note that most offices will expose you to some natural light, so you might be affected by the sun even while indoors. A good sunscreen regimen will also help prevent this kind of damage. And remember, even if you think it’s too late and you’re already experiencing sun damage symptoms, there’s a Vic Dermal Clinic option available to help treat it!