Screen time is up now more than ever. Now that we have smart devices that can show us just how much time we’re spending on them, with regular updates on your screen time, you may be shocked to learn that you spend nine to eleven hours out of every day on various screens: from your television to your computer to your phone and back again.
While we can all feel the negative effects of screen-time our eyes and our bodies, including eye strain and stiff backs, the effects of blue light on skin can be much more subtle but can cause long-term damage.
What Is Blue Light?
As we can see from a prism, the light that we see in the world is actually composed of many different colors, ranging from ultraviolet to infrared. Blue light falls within that spectrum, and while forms of light on the far edges of each end of this gradient are the most harmful, hues that fall closer to the center can have negative effects as well.
We encounter blue light most commonly through computer screens, smart phones, and LED light bulbs. Blue light doesn’t appear blue in most environments, but because of our constant and largely unavoidable exposure to its waves, everyone should be aware of the potential risks, including the effects of blue light on skin.
In an article for Allure, board-certified dermatologist, Shari Marchbein, explains, “One of the reasons that blue light has become a concern is that High Energy Visible light (HEV)... not only comes from sun exposure but also from computer screens, cell phones, and other digital devices.”
What Are the Effects of Blue Light on People?
Of course, given this information, the most pressing questions are “What is blue light exposure?” and “What is the effect of this blue light exposure on the body?”
Blue light exposure describes what occurs when our bodies come into contact with blue light. For most of us this comes from the light of a computer screen or smart phone screen. The most common effects of blue light are that it can damage the retina and it can reduce the production of melatonin, thereby disturbing your sleep cycle.
What Are the Effects of Blue Light on Skin?
As exposure to blue light becomes even more prevalent in our lives, scientists are learning more and more about the effects of blue light on skin. There is a chemical in human skin called flavin that absorbs blue light, which creates unstable oxygen molecules, which in turn damages collagen.
According to cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Kenneth Mark, “Eight hours of screen time can be equivalent to twenty minutes of sun exposure.” Fortunately, cancer is not associated with blue light exposure that one can get from UV light. Also, unlike UV light, a recent scientific study indicates that the effects of blue light on skin are more pronounced in people of color. This is because among the effects of blue light on skin is an increase of melanin production though a condition called melanogenesis.
How do I Take Care of and Protect My Skin?
The answer to the first question is that you should always consider your skin care routine as a line of defense for your skin from any kind of stressor. Make the protection of your skin from blue light part of your daily skin care routine.
The answer to the second question is yes and no. The first step in protecting yourself is sunscreen with iron oxides, which are more effective than zinc or titanium oxides. Other than selecting a mineral-based, iron-oxide sunscreen to protect against damage going forward, your best approach to repairing any damages you may have sustained up until this point is to integrate deep moisturizers and eye serums into your routine.
This means you are going to want to pair a moisturizing face cream with an eye serum for dual protection. And you’ll want to rejuvenate your skin while you sleep with a revitalizing night cream.
Fortunately, Ayr Skin Care’s consciously crafted skin care formulas can help nourish your skin after the effects of blue light on your skin. Our Awaken Revitalizing Eye Serum Pure Moisture Nourishing Face Cream, and Restore Replenishing Night Cream all work together to help support and revitalize your skin. Additionally, when you take the time for self care every morning and evening, it makes you feel better after long days of screens, too!
Our lifestyles might make it hard to get off the screen, but makes it even more important that we care for our skin, and our bodies. So, unplug from your screens for a little pampering every day!
If you have any questions or comments, we would be happy to answer you personally! Please contact us at email@example.com.