In todays day and age we spend a whole lot of time staring at screens. Whether it is our phones, our laptops with zoom meeting, or even just the TV, about 60% of our lives involves close up electronics. So what are the effects of this on your skin?
Why would electronics affect my skin you ask? Well, as it turns out, the blue light that is given off by screens does, in fact, have a rather bad effect not only on our skin but on our whole body.
Slightly worryingly, a 2020 study’s results show that it can “increase the amount of DNA damage, cell and tissue death and injury, eye damage, skin barrier damage and photo-ageing.”. The full consequences of this common phenomenon are still not totally understood and may pose even more threats to our skin.
Blue light is natural light on the spectrum of visible light. Our main way of coming in contact with it is via sunlight. In fact, blue light makes up 50% of the sun’s rays. Normally, blue light is responsible for elevating our mood, stimulating alertness, and improving memory. This is all very well during that day, but we don’t really want to be too alert at night. Using screens before bed can upset your circadian rhythms.
Circadian what now?
Circadian rhythms basically dictate when your body rests, and when it is awake. In most humans, this means that you are alert during the day, and get sleepy by producing melatonin at night. Blue light from screens can upset this, making falling asleep much harder.
Blue light is a high frequency, short wave light on the blue/violet spectrum. The results of too much of this are oxidative stress, an increase in wrinkles, and drying of the facial skin. All of this does not bode well for the ageing process. In short, the more you stare at a screen close up, the faster your skin will age. And we all know how much close up screen time we REALLY get.
Blue light also penetrates the skin deeper, causes dark spots, and damages your eyes. In some studies, it was shown that the side of your face that usually has your phone against it is more visibly aged than the other.
The obvious answer is to limit your screen time. Although let’s be honest, that isn’t very likely to happen. So the next answer is to invest in blue light filters, and use really good skincare products.
A great answer to your screen light woes would be an LED skincare device. These guys help to restore collagen, boost blood circulation, and smooth wrinkles. Depending on the device that you choose, you may have a choice between blue, red and green light.
But isn’t that just more blue light?
Well yes and no. Blue light is blue light, it depends on how you use it. Concentrated bursts over short periods do amazing things to your skin. Concentrated blue light zaps bacteria, helping to prevent acne. Blue light therapy has been used for over 20 years and is research-backed. It works by effectively killing bacteria in your pores to prevent breakouts. It also gets rid of free radicals, and conditions your skin for an overall better skin tone.
Of course, LED light therapy skincare devices do much more than just kill bacteria. They are an absolute MUST HAVE for any skincare routine. But remember, the skincare products that you use with it will determine how effective it is. You don’t want to spend all the money on a great device, and then use rubbish creams on your skin.
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