Hands up if you have found yourself spending way too much time in front of your screens lately!
Sure, we tend to be glued to them all the time anyway, but now that we are under quarantine it’s only natural that our Netflix addiction has been taken to a whole new level. Not to mention, all those Zoom parties, which to be honest, I can’t get enough of!
Whatever your addiction, a screen is likely involved; even doing a workout involves firing up youtube!
You may have heard that the blue light emitted from your laptop or phone at night can interfere with your sleep, but what you may not have known is that it may actually have a detrimental effect on your skin too!
In this article we’ll delve a little deeper and see if there’s any truth behind this, as well as share simple ways you can keep your skin protected either way!
What is blue light?
To put it in “sciency” terms, “blue light, part of the spectrum of visible light, is a high-energy, short-wavelength light (not to be confused with UVA or UVB rays)”, says Shari Marchbein, a board-certified dermatologist and clinical assistant professor at New York University.
The main source of blue light we are exposed to is the sun, but our various devices and gadgets emit some level of blue light too.
Considering that we know the sun’s UV rays are highly damaging, it only makes sense that we will question the effect of the blue light in our homes…
Can blue light damage my skin?
Everything in moderation is okay, but because of the large amounts of time we spend in front of blue light, unfortunately some type of damage will occur, unless you’re taking precautionary steps, which we will talk more about later on.
Dr Murad, the revered dermatologist behind the skincare brand of the same name explains, “Spending four eight-hour workdays in front of a computer exposes you to the same amount of energy as 20 minutes in the midday sun. To put this in perspective, "seven minutes of sun exposure at 1pm is powerful enough to induce immediate tanning.”
Blue light can penetrate deeper into the skin than both UVA and UVB rays where it may induce oxidative damage, which can increase the risk of skin aging. Because it can penetrate so deep, it can actually break down collagen and elastin, two very important structural proteins needed to keep our complexions taut, plump and youthful.
How can I ensure my skin is protected?
The best way to ensure your skin is protected is to put your phone on night-time mode as often as you can. This setting disables blue light in favor of softer, yellow light that is totally safe for your skin, and your eyes for that matter! This setting is especially beneficial before bed, because it’s that blue light you expose yourself to when scrolling at night that totally disrupts your sleep.
Another option is to look for a blue-block shield protector that you can place directly over your screens.
Naturally, it’s almost impossible to avoid all forms of blue light completely, so ensuring your skin is slathered in antioxidants to counteract potential free radical scavenging effects is super important!
Our beautiful Superfood Serum is a green drink in a bottle for your skin and will leave your skin glowing while protecting it against blue light all day long!
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