Many more of us are working from home and while it offers plenty of benefits (no commute and only wearing loungewear spring to mind), our screen time is on the up. If you’re not on a Zoom call or scrolling social media, it’s likely you’re bingeing a box set. Excessive screen time though can cause insomnia, affect your mood and even damage your eyes and by extension, impact the skin around them. Here’s why you should switch off from time to time…
Is too much screen time affecting your health?
As we’ve spent more time indoors recently, we’ve spent more time on our laptops and mobile phones. While they’ve been essential in remote work and allowing us to keep in contact with our families and colleagues, staring at screens for hours on end has also been linked to tired eyes, blurry vision, eye strain headaches and dry eyes – the latter because we don’t blink as often when looking at digital screens.
Tech neck has also been linked to the prolonged use of mobile phones and looking downward, while blue light exposure from screens is known to affect our sleep patterns. This is because blue wavelengths, which help to boost our mood, reaction times and attention during the day, are throwing off our body clocks, also known as our circadian rhythm, at night. If you’re struggling to fall asleep, it could be because your screen usage is tricking your brain into thinking it’s daytime.
Is a digital detox the only solution?
While we expect your boss might have an issue with a complete laptop ban, cutting down on your social media scrolling and TV time in favour of getting outdoors gives straining eyes a break to experience something else and focus on different distances. Special glasses that contain lenses designed to reduce the amount of blue light that reaches the eye can also help to reduce digital eye strain as well as adjusting the brightness settings on your devices and switching to black and white screen modes, particularly in the evening.
When it comes to skincare, incorporating an eye cream into your night-time skincare routine or applying a soothing mask for a bit of self-care can help to keep the delicate eye area hydrated. Our super-hydrating Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado is a bestseller for a reason. Enriched with avocado oil and shea butter, it can do both. Use nightly and apply with a gentle tapping motion to increase circulation and relieve eye puffiness. The formula creates a protective moisture barrier on the delicate under-eye skin surface to help protect against moisture loss (and therefore dehydration). Or, for an intense hit of hydration to replenish the area after digital eye fatigue may have caused squinting and rubbing of the eyes, apply a thick layer of eye cream and leave for 10 minutes for a targeted mask treatment.