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Why selfies are damaging your skin…how trying to look young, hip, and cool is actually making you look older

  • Blogger Mehreen Baig, 26, from London takes dozens of selfies 
  • Concerned about blue HEV light from phones, linked to skin damage
  • Penetrates skin more deeply than UV rays and is said to be equally harmful
  • Skin analysis showed damage including pigmentation and brown spots

Mehreen Baig, 26, from London takes up to 50 selfies a day to post on her blog and Instagram. 

But after becoming concerned about HEV light emitted by her phone and the damage it may do to the skin, she decided to have her face analysed for signs of premature ageing.

HEV light, or High Energy Visible light is the blue light emitted by devices such as phones, laptops and tablets and studies have suggested it’s just as harmful to skin as UVA and UVB light.  



I love to be my own photographer, my own editor and my own publisher. I love to look through my self-created portfolio, and I find something quite therapeutic in applying a Valencia filter, tirelessly cropping and editing to see the best version of me.

Where nature and genetics left me vertically challenged at a mere 5 foot 2 and a half, the invention of selfies has allowed me to become a model in my own right.

Besides, I couldn’t stop taking selfies even if I wanted to, as my job pretty much revolves around it. As a lifestyle blogger, I spend most of my life in front of the computer or mobile phone screen. Good pictures result in an increased following which is essential to, well, pay my rent.

This is exactly why I was so terrified when I heard the light from electronics could potentially be causing damage to my skin.

Recent scientific evidence has suggested that High Energy Visible light is causing harm to the skin, leading to accelerated skin ageing.

I am constantly exposed to HEV light, and I



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