This Blog is all about the detrimental effects of blue light. I’m not talking about those daggy disco’s we went to in the 80’s. Your numerous devices (laptop, smart phones, tablet etc) are exposing you to blue light radiation. Who would have known that sitting in front of device all day, can contribute to skin damage!
Blue light or High-Energy Visible light (HEV) is everywhere. When outside, sunlight travels through the atmosphere. The shorter, high energy blue wavelengths collide with the air molecules causing blue light to scatter. Blue light is also emitted from artificial sources including electronic devices such as smart phones and laptops, as well as energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs and LED lights. Researchers have discovered that the emitted blue light may be as damaging to skin as UVA and UVB rays from the sun.
What key skincare ingredient should I look for?
Antioxidants! They protect against reactive oxidative stress (ROS), commonly referred to as free radicals.
A key discussion point in recent dermatology meetings was whether sun protection should now protect against HEV or infra-red radiation. I’m very confident that you’ll soon see future sunscreen products that protect against, UVA, UVB, HEV and IR. The best thing you can do now is to use a broad-spectrum sun protection with added antioxidants. Look no further than my favourite Jane Iredale mineral powders. They’re a broad-spectrum skin make-up range which contain pomegranate extract, a powerful antioxidant.
Can Blue light cause Pigmentation?
Yes, HEV can trigger pigmentation in the skin, which can be quite difficult to treat, if you’re not using the correct skincare products.
Another product range I love and has just had an ingredient ‘face lift’ is The Environ Skincare Youth essential range. The Antioxidant Defence cream and Youth Essentia serum is the perfect pigmentation solution against blue light. Jam packed with multiple antioxidants vitamins A, C, E lycopene and green tea. The key antioxidant ingredient, Lutin (comes from Marigold) helps block and filter the effects of blue light. A must in your bathroom cupboard!
All these products are available at Timeless & Ageless. Environ products can now be purchased from the website. You will be supplied with an access code, once you’ve completed a consultation and have been provided with your own personalised prescription.