How Does Blue Light Affect Skin?

You may be surprised to learn that the amount of time you spend looking at your smartphone, laptop, or TV affects you. These electronic devices give off a blue light that can lead to changes in your skin. Change is good, but not in this case. Whether your sending emails, chatting with your friends over text message or catching up on your must-watch tv shows, your skin cells are paying the price. The blue light that's given off is causing your skin cells to shrink and die. Blue light from screen time steps on the accelerator on the path to aging. I'm sure you want to hit the breaks on that news, but keep reading. As if speeding up the aging process wasn't enough to cause concern, blue light can also lead to pigmentation. Surprisingly, exposure to blue light can trigger changes in your skin within an hour! I'm pretty sure most of us are guilty of spending more than an hour a day with our faces in front of a screen.

Blue light is also referred to as High Energy Visible. Did you know blue light can penetrate deeper into our skin compared with both UVA and UVA light? Blue light penetrates all the way to our dermis, which is where our collagen and elastin live, resulting in loss of firmness and an increase in visible lines. You may have also read it's not a bright idea to lay in bed on your cell phone as it makes it more difficult to fall asleep. That's because blue light affects the level of melatonin which is our body's sleep hormone.

The important thing is how we protect our skin from blue light damage. Clearly, avoiding the sun and staying inside isn't going to work as we know our electronic devices give off blue light too. However, the sun is the primary source of blue light! If you work in front of a computer, your not safe, and if you enjoy taking selfies on your camera, you're in the same boat. It's hard to escape the blue light, but it's possible to reduce your exposure.

Your skincare routine can help fight against the effects, but that's not the only option. Most smartphones and computers have covers that shield your face from the blue light that's emitted these days. You can even put your devices in "night mode," making it easier on your eyes and skin. When it comes to protection from products, take cover with a sunscreen that's packed with antioxidants. Topical antioxidants are a must-have in your skincare regime to help fight against the excess of free radicals that your skin is exposed to. Profiles RECHARGE Age Combating Serum is a perfect addition to your routine to guard against future damage. You'll also want to use a sunscreen like the Defend Hydrating Facial Sunscreen that protects the skin from free radical damage and promotes the skin's natural renewal process. The two together are a perfect combo!

Unfortunately, dark spots from acne tend to be worse on the side of the face where a person holds their cell phone. When you keep your cell phone against your face, it seems the skin's surface is taking in high blue light levels. Your computer screen might not be the most dangerous culprit because you sit further away from it. However, the closer you are and the brighter the light is, the worse. Lowering your screen brightness to 50% or less helps prevent the skin damage were looking to avoid.

There are many ways to reduce your exposure, whether with sunscreen and topical products or by covering your electronic device screens to shield blue light. Overall, the less exposure, the better. We're all basically professionals at social distancing now, so let's try the same concept with our electronic devices. The less time spent with blue light hitting our faces, the better!