With an increase of time spent on digital devices, a focus has turned to blue light and if excessive daily amounts of this light wavelength can contribute to damage within our eyes, skin, and overall health.
It is early stages, but studies have discovered that blue light like UV, can penetrate the skin and may contribute to ageing, breakdown of collagen, production of pigmentation/melasma and free radicals.
This form of light is the short-wavelength blue/violet band of the visible light spectrum. It is an important wavelength that also radiates from the sun and regulates our body’s circadian rhythm. It is also proven to effectively treat acne when exposure is controlled with machinery like LED Light Therapy. Blue light makes up about 35% of the sun’s electromagnetic radiation but also found in smartphones, computers, televisions, fluorescent and LED lighting.
A recent study has shown we spend on average approximately 10 hours a day exposed to digital devices. It is something we cannot escape so we must incorporate ways to balance the combination of UV and blue light. Ensure your morning skincare regime includes a good quality SPF that contains zinc oxidise. This ingredient acts like a barrier helping to reflect UV rays and blue light. This is important even if you don’t head out of the house for the day. Wearing a SPF daily should now be thought of as your ‘Day Time Protection’, not sun protection. In the evening include antioxidant-filled night time products to help tackle free radical exposure and repair your skin.
What else can be done? Limit your exposure to devices over the whole day, see if your phone has the abilty to limit blue light, turn off devices 30 minutes before bed, and sit further away from the television or computer if possible.
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