Does Blue Light Damage Your Skin? 4 Skincare Products that will help combat your Screen Time
It's almost summertime. We are sunscreen ready for the beach and pool, but what about behind the computer screen or even your phone?
As an avid skincare junkie, I am always trying to protect myself from the damaging UV rays that leave behind unwanted hyperpigmentation and additional wrinkles but until recently, I had not given too much thought about the effects of blue light from my screen time.
A few years ago I noticed an increase in eye strain and headaches. The eye doctor told me I should try using blue light glasses. I noticed a significant improvement within two weeks of wearing them and have continued to wear them ever since. The lightbulb never went off that this same damage happening to my eyes was also happening to my skin!
Dermatologist Dr. Mary Lupo states Blue light is the shortest wavelength of the visible light spectrum and is closest to ultraviolet light which causes accelerated aging of the skin.
Sunlight is the main source of blue light and being outside during the day is where we get most of our exposure. There are also many man-made sources of blue light; including fluorescent and LED lighting, flat-screen televisions, as well as the display screens of our smartphones, laptops and tablets.
Dermatologists suggest there is significant evidence that shows how visible light triggers certain skin conditions, such as hyperpigmentation and melasma. There's also evidence that as blue light penetrates the skin it generates reactive oxygen species, which leads to DNA damage, thereby causing inflammation and the breakdown of healthy collagen and elastin.
Since typical sunscreens may only block UVA and UVB, they won’t necessarily protect against the visible light spectrum. It’s important, especially for those battling melasma, to look for ingredients like zinc oxide that block visible light.
The best way to reduce your exposure to blue light is to limit your screen time. In this day in age that can be challenging so here a few other tips that might help:
- Enable Night Mode on your devices to reduce the amount of blue light emission
- Purchase blue-light screen filters for your devices
- Cut down screen time by taking regular breaks to rest your eyes and limit exposure. Aim for 5-10 minute breaks every half hour.
- Invest in products for your skin that counter blue-light side effects including vitamin C, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
Here are 4 great skincare products that will help combat your blue light exposure:
EltaMD UV Elements is a 100% physical sunscreen in a tinted, moisturizing base. It is gentle for even the most sensitive skin types, including post-procedure skin. Its chemical-free actives, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, provide safe but sure sun protection. These mineral-based UV filters work with ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid to protect and hydrate the skin. UV Elements has a universal tint that beautifully enhances most skin tones for a more youthful appearance.
A non-sticky, 3-in-1 mist that hydrates, sets makeup and helps defend skin from the harmful effects of blue light and pollution. The ultra-fine spray envelops skin in a weightless veil that helps boost skin's defenses against environmental stressors. The natural lavender scent soothes your senses at first spritz—perfect for whenever you need a moment to ground yourself during the day.
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