We’ve all heard it: blue light from our phone screens are bad for our eyes, right? But did you know blue light is also damaging to the skin? Data is being collected on the effects of blue light on the skin. If you’re serious about preventing premature aging and damage, experts are saying protection from UVA and UVB rays is not enough, and research confirms that blue light is also bad for your skin. According to Dr. Murad of Murad Skincare, “spending four eight-hour workdays in front of a computer exposes you to the same amount of energy as 20 minutes in the mid-day sun.”
What is blue light and why is it bad?
Blue light is a color in the visible light spectrum that can be seen by human eyes. Blue light is a short wavelength, which means it produces higher amounts of energy. Sunlight is the most significant source of blue light. Too much exposure to blue light can damage retinal cells in the eye and cause vision problems. The same goes for skin. Research shows blue light from the sun and devices can lead to changes in skin cells, including cell shrinkage and death. Overexposure can also lead to pigmentation and premature aging.
So, how do you protect your skin from blue light damage?
When it comes to products, more and more sunscreens are also implementing protection from blue light. Our favorite SPF is ZO SmartTone SPF, which provides UVA/UVB, HEV and IR-A protection. It also provides a 12-hour antioxidant release. Topical antioxidants are a must in everyone’s skincare routine. Antioxidants help fight excess free radicals. Free radicals are differing factors that damage the skin, like UV light, pollution, and visible blue light. By using a topical antioxidant, the body can better defend against oxidative damage. Monthly treatments can also help fight against free radicals. We recommend monthly HydraFacials, which are packed with antioxidants.
Blue light poses potential skin harm, which can lead to hyperpigmentation and premature aging. Protection against UVA and UVB rays is no longer enough. Be sure to pick up a SPF that includes protection from HEV rays, or blue light rays, and arm yourself with the best antioxidant-packed products!