Anti-ageing skincare: Office workers risk premature ageing doing THIS, expert warns

Office workers must wear suncream to stop their faces becoming damaged by their computers’ high-energy visible light (HEV), urged Candice Brown, an advanced skin aesthetician at London Bridge Plastic Surgery.

Most computer screens - which also includes phones and laptops - emit both HEV and infrared radiation, said Brown.

Brown spots can appear on the skin after too much HEV exposure. It can also cause premature ageing and wrinkling, said the skin expert.

The light can be just as damaging to the skin as two forms of ultraviolet light, UVA and UVB.

Ultraviolet light has been linked to an increased risk of skin cancer.

“Too much exposure to HEV light can cause uneven pigmentation, so brown spots and an uneven skin tone, as well as changing the texture of the skin,” Brown told

“This can cause wrinkling and bags, associated with premature ageing.

“If you're sitting for hours every day, for weeks, months and years on end, staring at a computer screen, you need to be wearing suncream, as many sun lotions and skincare lotions now block HEV and infrared, as well as ultraviolet radiation.”

Fluorescent light bulbs also emit ultraviolet radiation, which exposes skin to more damaging rays and premature ageing at the office, she said.

People think suncream is only for the summer, but it should be used during the winter months too, she said.

When you’re outside in winter, the sun still emits its ultraviolet radiation - it doesn’t just stop after summer.

“You should be protecting yourself, particularly your face which is pretty much always exposed, the whole year round.

"A good suncream will block our UVA rays, which contributes to the ageing of the skin, and UVB, which causes sunburn in the warmer months.

Another way to keep skin healthy over the winter is to remain hydrated, said Brown.

Central heating can suck the moisture out of skin, so it’s important to keep hydrated to replace it.

Drinking plenty of water, and maintaining a balanced diet with lots of fruit and vegetables was key to keeping skin nice and moist, she said.

Sticking to the right diet is important, because only 25 per cent of water you drink gets to your skin.