Effects of Blue Light
In addition to popular effects such as increased anxiety or tech neck, relying excessively on technology can also damage a person’s skin. The cause of the skin damage is blue light which is also called HEV Light. Sunlight is the major source of this type of light, but blue light emission from devices such as smartphones, electronic notebooks, and the computer screen is becoming a very common source.
So many people spend several hours on their phones doing different things and navigating through different apps. This high use of electronic gadgets is becoming an issue particularly when one considers the effect it could have on the skin and the health in general.
According to Face The Future’s Kate Bancroft, the constant exposure of the skin to blue light leads to an increase in the likely risks connected with the adverse effects of free radicals as well as oxidative stress which could cause the skin to age prematurely. Bancroft highlighted that the blue light has the capacity to penetrate even deeper than UV rays and the elastin loss and collagen degradation arising from the effect of this light is actually higher than the effect of UV rays.
Products For Skin Protection
The good news is that there are some steps we can take for the protection of our skin. The night mode features on our devices as well as the blue light shields can help us reduce the effect which blue light has on our skin.
Using certain skincare products can also make a very significant difference as well. Bancroft recommends the use of antioxidants such as Ferulic Acid, Vitamins C, A, and E can help. Also, using broad-spectrum SPF can also help to protect the skin.
Some of the products you should try include.
1. Medik8’s Advanced Total Day Protect
This reportedly costs £55 and offers moisture that is considered fast absorbing. Its fast-absorbing feature makes it very suitable for people who have dehydrated skin. It contains impressive credentials. This product is not only anti-blue light, but the product is also anti-infrared as well. It offers 5* UVA protection as well as SPF 30.
2. Heliocare’s 360 Gel Oil-Free
This product costs £28 and has SPF 50. It contains Fernblock® FC which is a powerful antioxidant and also contains advanced filters. It is a bioshield system that also offers broad-spectrum protection against UVB, UVB, infrared radiation and High Energy Visible Light. This product has an anti-microbial, anti-bacterial as well as a sebum-controlling feature which makes suitable for oily skin.
3. bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Defense
It has SPF 30 and the product costs £35. This complexion rescue product has been revamped for the year 2018 and the newly introduced formula is deemed to be the first product that is based on mineral which offers protection against blue light, sun, and pollution. The complexion rescue also gives the skin a very appealing glow.
4. Paula’s Choice Defense Antioxidant
This product is a pore purifier and costs £30. The serum helps to correct the effect of blue light on the skin before it gets the chance to permanently affect the complexion. It harnesses salicylic acid’s pore-cleansing component and delivers very effective antioxidants deep in the skin. To use, one can apply it after the use of cleanser and also before evening moisturizer or daily SPF.
5. Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex
The product costs £45 and attacks the damage caused to a delicate area of the eye by UV, pollution, sleep, and blue light.
6. Elemis Daily Defence Shield
It has SPF 30 and costs £46. This product contains everything necessary to protect the skin both in outdoor and indoor settings. It protects the skin from pollution, sunlight, and screens that emit blue light. It has a lightweight texture that makes it a suitable makeup base.