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5 Tips to Avoid Digital Fatigue

5 Tips to Avoid Digital Fatigue

Over the past year or so, we have found our lives changing in many ways. We’re spending more time at home, which means we’re naturally spending more time in front of our screens, whether that’s our laptops, tablets or mobiles. It’s hard to believe that, just twelve months ago, many people hadn’t heard of Zoom (some of a certain age might believe it still refers to a once-popular ice lolly rocket of vibrant colours).

However, there are a number of consequences of increased screen time. Here are our 5 key tips to help avoid damaging digital fatigue.

Prioritise Sleep

Spending increased amounts of time in front of blue screens is probably not surprising, especially during the winter. But being tied to electronic devices, often for long periods without a break, can quickly lead to sleep problems – especially when such products are used in the bedroom, late at night, before then trying to visit the land of nod.

A medical cause of this is the suppression of the vital sleep hormone melatonin. This natural hormone, produced by the pineal gland during the hours of darkness, acts to encourage sleep. A lack of it can lead to your circadian rhythms (your daily body clock) being wildly disrupted.

Therefore, you can feel tired and exhausted; another day of similar blue screen excess activity can then build a vicious circle, one that is thoroughly unpleasant. Aim to get into a routine of winding down every night, switch off screens at least one hour before bedtime.

Monitor Your Screen time

A starting point for improvement is to understand the nature and extent of the problem. Therefore, be mindful of the amount of time you do spend in front of your digital devices each day. If you are working, look to assess both the length of time you spend and how these periods are broken up with other activities.

Give yourself plenty of regular breaks ideally every 20-30minutes and get as much fresh air as you can during the day.

Find ways to take clear breaks

At least, with spring on the horizon, there is the possibility of spending more time out-of-doors, enjoying natural light and fresh air. Also, as lockdown eases, such possibilities should be increased.

Aim to take regular breaks ideally every 20-30minutes. If you are at home, these can equate to the way time at work was interrupted with colleague chats, trips to the drinks machine, proper lunch breaks or answering phone calls.

Make antioxidant skincare a priority.

Exposure to blue light, called high energy visible (HEV) rays, can lead to inflammation, wrinkling, pigmentation and other skin damage over time. Adding antioxidant skincare products, known as our hero ingredients, to your routine, can help protect and fortify your complexion against on-going damage.

Obagi Professional-C Serum 10%

NeoStrata Skin Active Antioxidant Defense Serum

Invest your time in at home rituals

An at home mask or facial instills calm and relaxation and revitalises not only our skin but our inner self. Gently working your mask formulation into the skin helps to release the physical tension accumulated during the day.

Take this time  to really pamper your skin through the use of hydrating and rejuvenating products. Our doctors recommend the Exuviance rejuvenating treatment mask and the Skinceuticals hydrating B5 mask to nourish and replenish skin.

Exuviance Rejuvenating Treatment Masque

Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Serum


Make this your new normal

Times will change, and as people go back to work, less time might be spent in front of those irritating devices. Here at Skinora, we think this phrase – the new normal – should certainly include taking good care of our precious skin.

About the Author: Anna Puri

Dr Anna Puri is an Aesthetic doctor and GP with over 14 years experience in both the medical and aesthetic fields. She completed her undergraduate training at the University of St Andrews and University of Manchester. She continues to work both as an Aesthetic doctor at her clinics in Ascot and Kew and as a GP. Dr Anna brings her holistic approach to all aspects of the care she provides with a strong focus on advice and treatment that is specifically tailored to her patients expectations and needs. She has worked with cosmeceutical skin care brands and treated a wide range of skin concerns for over a decade. Dr Anna has a special interest in Antiaging skincare and procedures . Dr Anna's work has been featured in various magazines including Lux and The Aesthetics Journal. You can follow Dr Anna on the SkinoraUK instagram page and Skinora YouTube channel.

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Last update: March 16th, 2021

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