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We were recently told by The Skin Nerd that wearing SPF every single day is vitally important, but we had huge misconceptions about light, the sun and skincare. 

First of all, we assumed you had to be on a beach in a country over 30 degrees to even contemplate using SPF, but it turns out our own phones could be damaging our skin with blue light.

Sh*t craic, that is. Taking a selfie is damaging in even more ways now, even ones with our pets.

Avon released research indicating that the blue light emitted on our mobile phones can damage skin hugely for millennials, who check their phones constantly. (Statistics say it's 157 times a day…)

Pollution, smoking, insomnia, crowded urban places and alcohol can harm our skin, but SPF is the priority it seems.

According to Glamour UK, a quarter of 18 to 34 year olds spend seven hours or more per day on their phones, and sixteen percent of women spend almost one-third of their waking day on their phones. 

Only one-in-ten people knew that the light from a mobile phone can actually age you. Our skin plays such a huge part in our lives, it's an organ for Gawd's Sake, and we need to value it.

23 percent of the same young age group refuse to post an image of themselves online with no filter, purely because of their skin.

All blue light screens apparently "reflect UB rays and may indirectly trigger damage" to our skin, with experiments performed by scientists on a mannequin wearing a UV sensor.

Co-author of the study, Mary Logue of the University of New Mexico, said:

"These devices are generally used for communication or entertainment, so it can be easy to overlook their reflective properties unless you happen to catch the glare off a screen."

The study suggests the light may significantly affect skin and stop it from healing – and the consequences on DNA have led experts to believe it could speed up the ageing process.

Researchers at the University of New Mexico warn that people may be putting themselves at risk of getting skin cancer by going outside to use their smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Broad spectrum is that which protects from both UVA and UVB rays, and we need to be wearing it on our face, neck and décollage every single damn day.  

Invest in screen glasses to protect you against high-energy visible light (HEVL) at work.

For SPF skincare products, we highly recommend The Skin Nerd's brand new Skingredients treatment; 'Skin Shield'. 

IMAGE Skincare Prevention+ Daily Hydrating Moisturiser is also a great product,

Enjoy the sun, gals, but don't forget about your skin. Make SPF part of your daily morning routine so you won't feel guilty every time you check your phone or laptop, you won't regret it.


Some of us can live freely without worrying about the location of our mobile phones, and others can't.

Many of us know the sensation of an empty pocket leading to the terrifying feeling of loss when you can't find your phone, many of us don't. 

For certain people, the thought of not knowing where your phone is or not having it on your person at all times can cause genuine fear and anxiety. The scientific word for this is nomophobia.

If you get the feeling of ice cold dread just imagining the absence of your phone, you may be experiencing this 21st century phobia.

The phrase is an abbreviation for ‘no-mobile-phone phobia’, coined back in 2008 during a study of anxieties experienced by mobile phone users by the Post Office (random?).

Bear in mind that this study is now 11-years-old, but it discovered that 53 percent of phone users in the UK are anxious when they "lose their mobile phone, run out of battery, or have no network coverage".

The phobia is set to be among the largest non-drug addictions of this century, which is staggering.

We can now seemingly carry our entire lives with us in our pocket, whether it's for work, research, medical, business, pleasure, friendship, shopping, maps or just general communication.

While this is incredible advancement, it also means that we've grown to rely on the devices, to the point where some of us even feel chained to them.

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More recently, a 2017 YouGov study revealing that 38 percent of teenagers felt they couldn’t last a single day without their smartphone on them.

Nomophobia isn’t currently in the edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, but has been proposed as a ‘specific phobia’. It's essentially synonymous with smartphone addiction.

The symptoms of nomophobia are similar to that of other addictions, from dependency to a growing panic psychologically when you're without it for too long, sweating, shaking and heart palpitations.

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Addictive behaviour can take it's toll when it comes to emotional and psychological ramifications; low self-esteem, constantly seeking reassurance from phones with social media engagement and a low sense of self-worth.

Treatments include EMDR and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and more scientifically-backed options. Professional help is out there when it comes to nomophobia, believe it or not.

Set yourself small goals, like leaving your phone farther away in terms of proximity and for longer periods. Try giving it to somebody to take care of, a trusted friend or family member.

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Log out of social media apps, or even just turn the notifications off. Silence is key, but it's important for you to realise that social media silence doesn't mean loneliness and isolation. 

Aim for more human connection, and give yourself breaks from technology by going on walks with friends or going for dinner with family. It's all about reliance and feeling okay with being totally alone.

Hypnotherapy is also becoming an increasingly common way to treat addiction, and acupuncture. Nomophobia is a totally irrational fear, seeing as we've survived without phones before and can do it again.


Millennials don't exactly get an easy time; most people hate us or just dismiss us as snowflakes who only have knowledge about wi-fi and avocado toast.

While we generally have more of a penchant for the internet seeing as we GREW UP WITH IT… this doesn't mean we're as lazy and vain as everyone says we are.

For example, we only have three selfie sticks and check our reflections between the hours of 9am and 11pm everyday, so what's the big deal about?

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We've all heard the lectures from our elderly relatives about how we drain the economy and refuse to get jobs, but people love to focus on the negatives rather than the positives.

Getting a millennial a Christmas gift can be a challenge, seeing as the chances of them being vegan, supporting paraben-free and cruelty-free produce and generally hipster and full of notions are sky high.

They'll also most likely blog the entire gift opening session, and post every aspect of it to social media, so it's gotta be impressive.

We've made a gift guide especially to help you out this festive season, y'all are welcome.

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1. Do What You Love neon sign

Buy: Urban Outfitters
Price: €59

2. Loqi reusable bags

Buy: Designist
Price: €12

3. Scratch map

Buy: Easons
Price: €19.99

4. The Gospel According to Blindboy

Buy: Designist
Price: €13

5. Showerless shaving gel

Buy: Amazon
Price: €8.85, excl. shipping

6. Photo journal

Buy: Photobox
Price: €14.95 (40 pages)

7. Gratitude journal by Karen McDermott

This gorgeous journal has 52 empowering quotes; one for each week of the year. Positive vibez all round, gals.

Buy: Book Depository
Price: €9.24

8. Tarot card tapestry

Buy: Urban Outfitters
Price: €39.99

9. Fujifilm polaroid camera

Buy: Urban Outfitters
Price: €159

10. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 30ml

Buy: Beauty Bay
Price: €6.75

11. Luxury bathtub tray, for all your needs…

Buy: Amazon
Price: 44.23

12. What Do You Meme? party game

Buy: www.BoardGamer.ie
Price: €24.99

13. Umbrella that changes colour when wet 

Buy: Trouva
Price: 28.07

14. Lush 'goddess' bath bomb in purple

Buy: Lush
Price: €6.62

15. Avocado toast Christmas tree decoration

Buy: Urban Outfitters
Price: €10

16. Sivan health yoga mat set for beginners

Buy: Amazon
Price: €33.98

Namaste, ladies.

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Phubbing is an generational phenomenon, which has exploded since the development of the smart phone.

Phubbing can impact your dating life pretty drastically, and involves paying more attention to your phone than the Tinder guy sitting across the table at Bunsen.

However, this dating faux pas can leak into established relationships, as partner phubbing, or pphubbing. 

How many times have you been chilling on the couch with bae only to realise you have been engrossed in Instagram for 20 minutes and completely missed all of his or her commentary on whatever you're watching?

Or have you ever noticed that you don't talk as much on car journeys, because that hilarious Snapchatter's story has you all too amused. 

While checking your phone on the regular isn't bad, it can cause tension within relationships, especially if your partner feels like your phone gets more attention than they do. 

'What we discovered was that when someone perceived that their partner pphubbed them, this created conflict and led to lower levels of reported relationship satisfaction,' professor James A. Roberts, Ph.D, told Elite Daily, after conducting a study on the phenomenon.

'These lower levels of relationship satisfaction, in turn, led to lower levels of life satisfaction and, ultimately, higher levels of depression.'

So that's definitely something to be wary of if your hand is itching to check your tweets during date night. 




There's nothing more annoying then a dead phone battery, expect perhaps how long it takes to fully charge it again. 

Well, it looks like our prayers have finally been answered. 

An Israeli firm are said to be working on a smartphone battery that could charge in as little as five minutes.  

The FlashBattery has been engineered to charge from empty to full capacity, one hundred times faster than the average smartphone, and could be available as yearly as next year. 

But of course, there's a catch.

The batteries have shorter life spans than those currently on the market, but the firms reckons the incredibly charging speed more than makes up for this minor set back.

However, Ben Wood, a technology analyst at CSS Insight told BBC News that he doubts the company can meet their target because they would need to tackle a host of technical ans safety issues, including how hot the battery would become.

But with a five minute charge time, we're pretty sure we could make peace with a roasting hot phone. 




Remember when the trusty landline phone was the only way to get in touch with your friends?

You knew everyone's number off by heart and would LEG it to get to the phone before your Mam did.

Well, this teenage girl has clearly never had that problem.

Growing up in the era of mobile phones, she's never even seen a landline before, let alone used one. 

Want to feel VERY old? Watch her figuring out how to hang up…

Okay, we're just going to go and apply for a bus pass now because we're clearly not as young as we thought.



Gone are the days when you had to wait for the wedding album to relive the memories of someone's big day.

With the dawn of smartphones, we can post pictures of the bride and groom live throughout the day, from the first moments in the church to the groom's mam boogying to I've Had The Time Of My Life at 2am.

But one professional wedding photographer has hit back at the use of phones, saying it ruins the magic of a couple's special day together.

After one particularly annoying incident at a recent wedding he photographed in New South Wales, Australia, Thomas Stewart took to Facebook to have his say.

"Look at this photo. This groom had to lean out past the aisle just to see his bride approaching," he wrote alongside one of his snaps. 

"Why? Because guests with their phones were in the aisle and in his way.

"In the past I should have been more specific with my clients in explaining to them why guests should be told no photos. Well, from now on, I'm going to make a pretty big deal about it.

"These same guests will get in YOUR way. You will miss moments of your own wedding day because there'll be an iPad in the way.

"Guests, you've been invited to this wedding to share and celebrate the love that two people feel for each other. They didn't invite you along to take photographs that they probably won't really look at anyway."

Overnight Thomas's photo and online rant went viral, and it currently has almost 90,000 like and 60,000 shares.

"I'm stoked with the attention my rant received; hey, even the negative comments are pretty funny to read," he said of the unexpected reaction.

Luckily for the bride and groom, Thomas did manage to get a few good Phew!


Forget late-night snacking, now researchers are saying that our tech devices could be causing us to gain weight.

According to new research, the short-wave blue light emitted from many of our devices is disturbing our sleep patterns and, as a result, is disrupting our bodies from burning foods efficiently.

The research report states that, in order for our bodies to release the correct levels of melatonin – responsible for converting food and drink into energy – we need pitch-black darkness; this means that the glow of our charging tech devices in the bedroom may be serving up problems for our metabolism.

The research findings have proven particularly interesting for Dr Simon Kyle, a sleep researcher at Manchester University, who has spoken of the link between alteration in sleeping patterns and the onset of obesity and diseases such as diabetes.

“There is a lot of research showing we are meant to be asleep at night when darkness falls and melatonin rises, and when the sun rises the melatonin is blocked by the sun,” he said, adding, “So if you start sleeping shorter, or receive light at the wrong time late into the night, it disrupts melatonin secretion and that could contribute to alterations in metabolism.”

Maybe it’s time to ease off all of those battery-draining Candy Crush Saga marathons, then?



This spoken word documentary really shows the effects of our online habits in everyday life.

If our 600 friends didn’t see the beautiful scenery we just saw – did it even happen?

And if we have so many friends, why are we lonely?



Sometimes you want a really specific piece of clothing and can’t find it ANYWHERE! Well, there’s an app for that.

Or maybe you just aren’t 100% sure you don’t look like Lady Gaga leaving the house and need a second opinion.

But there is no one home… there’s an app for that too!

Whatever your dilemma, it’s nothing a trip to the app store can’t fix.

1. Shopstyle
Do you really, really want a black top with daisies on it; long-sleeved and cotton only? This app will search a huge database of online shopws to find it for you (if it exists!)

2. Go try it on
Not sure about the bag with this outfit? Snap a picture and upload it, other users will be more than willing to tell you to change.

3. Pinterest
Pinterest is brilliant for style inspiration and can help you plan items you need before a big shopping trip. And you can save photos you like on your very own style board.

Can’t quite put an outfit together just by looking in your wardrobe? Sometimes its hard, especially at 6.30am! Take photos of all your clothes, put pieces together and save them. You’ll never be stuck again!

5. Net-a-Porter
Because a girl can always dream…