The Covid-19 pandemic has brought exponential changes to our lives. Most of us are working from home and connecting to colleagues, friends, and family via electronic devices. The time spent on these gadgets have also increased as you now spend leisure time watching movies, TV shows, or web series on OTT platforms like Netlfix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and so on.
So what is the problem?
The trouble is you don’t realize that the electronic devices emit harmful blue light, which is damaging to skin. With screen time averaging around 12 hours per day, across all devices, this light is wreaking havoc on the skin. In fact, some studies have shown that it penetrates deeper into the skin than UV rays. This High Energy Visible (HEV) light is believed to speed up photo-aging, which involves skin changes mostly associated with sun damage. With blue light working its way to the dermis layer of the skin, it affects collagen and elastin production!
The main issue is that smart devices are often so close to the face – we are checking them constantly, which greatly increases the risks. According to statistics, millennials check their smartphones on average 157 times a day! That is more than five times as many as older adults, who check their phones on average only thirty times a day (not favorable odds either). Millennials are exposed to enormous quantities of blue light every day – needless to say, the situation doesn’t bode well at all.
What damage does blue light inflict upon the skin?
The short wave length of blue light boosts oxidation of cells found in the skin. Studies have revealed that exposure of human cells to light emitted from electronic devices, even if it is for an hour, might lead to reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation. This type of oxidation eventually causes signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines due to breakdown of healthy collagen and elastin.
Dermatologists have also come across solid evidence to show that visible light triggers certain skin conditions, such as melasma, where the skin is stimulated to produce more pigment. There is also proof that as blue light penetrates the skin and ROS is generated, it leads to DNA damage, thereby causing inflammation and hyperpigmentation.
How to protect your skin from blue light?
You might have noticed some devices come with a blue light filter, so you can try using that. Completely disconnecting all electronic devices isn’t an option, especially when “online is the new normal” in most aspects of our lives. Incorporating Foster’s Lab Anti-Tech Serum in your skincare routine is a more feasible solution. It forms a strong protective shield to reduce the amount of blue light penetrating and being absorbed into the skin. It is formulated with potent ingredients that can reverse any damage done before. Oxidative stress is thus reduced, so the skin regenerates health cells and natural radiance is restored.
Need more proof about how the Anti-Tech Serum works? Take a look at the images below – they show exactly how this product helps shield the skin against blue light.