What does blue light do to your skin?

-Jan 3, Jenny Paul , Health -

We know the damage that UV rays from the sun can do to our skin, but did you know that blue light from our TV’s, tablets and phones can have a negative impact on it too?

If ever you needed another excuse to step away from your electronic devices here’s one for you. The blue light – also known as HEV which stands for High Energy Visible – that is emitted from our laptops and smartphones could lead to premature ageing of the skin! 

Related: 7 ways you might accidentally be ageing your skin

Although HEV light is also found in the sun’s rays it turns out we should be mindful indoors too. 

Can blue light damage your skin?

Blue light has been shown to induce oxidative stress in skin which can lead to premature ageing.

The fact it penetrates even deeper than UV rays means it can reach where collagen and elastin reside. These are the proteins which keep skin supple and plumped up and so when they’re lost we get wrinkles

Blue light might also be ageing us by causing pigmentation which could explain why some people have more skin discoloration on the side they hold their phones.

It’s not just the direct effect blue light has on our skin either. Blue light too close to bedtime can stop us from being able to sleep. Without quality beauty sleep our skin pays the price as it can’t regenerate and replenish efficiently. So to respect our circadian rhythm and help our bodies function at their peak we need to prepare for a good night’s sleep, in the evening as the natural light dims, by reducing our exposure to bright lights, shutting down screens, and finishing eating and exercising at least a couple of hours before bedtime.

Related: What is your circadian rhythm and how can you support it?

Adding Lumity Morning and Night supplements to your wellness kit too can help regulate your body clock as the soft-gel capsules are designed to work in harmony with the body’s circadian rhythm. 

How can you limit damage from blue light?

It goes without saying that the best way to reduce blue light exposure is to limit your screen time. But in an age where we use a a device with a screen for so may aspects of our life this is easier said than done. 

But you can ensure you use hands-free when making a phone call and have your screens on the dimmest setting possible, without putting a strain on your eyes of course.

Although sunscreens don’t protect against blue light (they do against UV rays, so you should wear it every day) you can stay out of the sun when it’s at it’s strongest and cover up stylishly too.

Also while it doesn’t act as an SPF,  Lumity’s Skin Nutrients Facial Oil contains powerful antioxidants and provides optimum nourishment, promotes elasticity, radiance and firmness.

If you found this article interesting then you might also like to read why putting down your phone can reduce stress and how picking up a book can do wonders for your health.

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