The Blue Light Effect And How To Prevent It From Damaging Your Skin
Technology is intended to make our lives easier, but it can have side effects on the skin. After mobile devices have brought us the “tech neck”; which are the horizontal folds across the neck from looking down at our phones, and laptop computers created “toasted skin syndrome”; which is a burning reaction that results in discoloration of the skin from the heat of a computer resting on the thighs, blue light has emerged with an additional damage causing effects that will threaten your skin as well..
Recently, certain skincare ingredients are being used with a sole purpose in mind, targeting “digital aging.” Whether or not you are familiar with this term, digital aging is becoming the number one factor that causes skin damage caused by a high energy visible light (known as blue light) from our phones and computer screens and LED lights. This blue light is penetrating deep into the skin, making the skin age faster.
Don’t panic yet, by using certain skincare ingredients you can effectively prevent this blue light from its damaging effects.. Remember, you can never feel it ruining your skin, that’s the scary part..
But how does blue light affect our skin? This high-energy visible light (HEV), refers to light wavelengths between 390 and 500 nm that get emitted from phones, computer screens and LED lights. Blue light penetrates farther into the skin than both UVA and UVB sunlight and uses a higher level of energy than IR (infrared) light. The end results might sound scary, blue light induces oxidative stress, damages proteins and lipids, contributing in photo-aging and excessive pigmentation.. It also causes premature aging of the eyes..
Antioxidants in skincare products are known to play a vital role in reversing the blue light damaging effects, a variety of antioxidants are needed in your skincare products. These should complement each other’s actions to ensure that as many free radical families as possible are neutralized.
To name a few; pomegranate, mangosteen, white, green and black teas, vitamins C, B3 and A, resveratrol, coenzyme Q10, sea buckthorn amongst others.. When used both mornings and nights in our skincare routine, you will prevent free radicals from forming and protect your skin from aging.. Using a screen protector also helps ban some blue rays from emitting in concentrated forms.
Below, we recommend a few products and ingredients to counter off the blue light’s skin aging effects..
1 || Murad City Skin SPF
A powerful antioxidant that protects blue light from penetrating the skin while simultaneously creating a barrier against atmospheric pollutants like carbon particles, heavy metals, and chemical pollutants. Combined with iron oxides to help color correct, and vitamin C to brighten.
2 || Dr Sebagh Supreme Day Cream
Designed specifically to combat the effects of HEV light, this luxe day cream doesn't contain SPF, but rather a form of melanin that Dr. Sebagh says naturally shields the skin from the damaging effects of blue light.
3 || Paula's Choice Resist Omega+ Complex Serum
Rich in omega fatty acids, potent antioxidants, and restoring ceramides, the lotion works to strengthen the skin barrier, provide and retain moisture, and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles to eliminate a dull and dehydrated complexion.
4 || Renee Rouleau Firm + Repair Overnight Serum
a potent elixir that restores skin to its youthful form using high concentrations of micro algaes, superfruits and peptides. This anti-aging serum will improve visible firmness while repairing the surface effects of daily pollution and environmental damage.
5 || SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF
This Vitamin C serum is a daytime formula crucial for reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone, the perfect complement to a high-SPF sunscreen..
6 || Clarins UV Plus Anti Pollution
The cantaloupe extract in this product helps this lightweight, oil-free liquid cream form a veil-like film over the skin to protect it from UV rays, sun-induced damage, and environmental aggressors and pollution.
7 || Renee Rouleau Vitamin C&E Treatment
A Treatment that delivers stable vitamin C deep within the skin to fade brown spots and brighten sensitive skin while giving powerful anti-aging protection.
8 || Origins Age-Defense Eye Cream with White Tea
This silky cream is enriched with a blend of antioxidant-rich white tea and birch extracts to reduce visible signs of aging, and the protective layer of SPF 20 is just an added bonus.