5 Tips to protect your skin from blue light
Blue light, also known as HEV (High-Energy Visible Light) is part of the spectrum of light visible to the human eye. It is everywhere around us – emitted by the sun as well as by artificial LED lights and digital devices like tablets, computers, and smartphones. Blue light penetrates the skin more deeply than UVA and UVB rays. It is instrumental in the formation of free radicals which causes oxidative stress and leads to premature aging of the skin . While it’s negative impact is being talked about with increasing frequency, how can we protect ourselves from blue light? The most effective protection is, of course, avoiding it, but that might not be that easy nowadays. We therefore recommend creating an everyday ritual that will help you reduce the undesirable effects of blue light on your skin. Here are five tips that will help you.
1# Lower the brightness on your digital devices
The closer you are to your digital devices, the worse the effect blue light can have on your skin. This means watching TV is less damaging than looking at a tablet or phone screen. A simple and effective way of reducing the effect of blue light on your skin is lowering the brightness of your digital devices. However, if you’re outside and the sun is shining brightly, you won’t see a thing with low screen brightness. , Moreover, it wouldn’t make much sense as blue light is part of the natural spectrum of sunlight. Therefore it is advisable to use apps to adjust the screen brightness according to the time of the day you are using your device. Here is a list of the 8 most popular filters. Or use this simple trick – whenever possible, make calls on speaker mode with the phone in your hand, instead of holding it to your ear.
2# Put your phone away before going to sleep
While this may sound cliché, it’s not. Blue light stimulates the brain more than other types of light. Moreover, most of the activities we use our tablets and smartphones for, stimulate the brain even more. Whether you’re sending emails or shopping online, it’s unhealthy to do before sleep. We need the sleep to repair the damage done to the skin throughout the day. Therefore before going to sleep, rather grab a good book . Poor sleep equals tired skin!
3# Use mineral cream with a sun protection factor
Sunlight and screen light from electronic devices affect skin outdoors as well as in. Therefore it is important to protect your skin even if you spend most of the day inside. Using a mineral day cream with a protection factor is an integral part of protecting your skin against UV radiation and blue light. According to a study in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology the ideal solution is a sunscreen combining iron oxide and zinc oxide. These ingredients are more effective when combined, as opposed to when used separately.
4# Pamper your skin with a dose of antioxidants and vitamins
Numerous studies prove that antioxidants are very helpful in the fight against oxidative damage to the skin – especially those containing vitamin C and E.
It is known that vitamin C improves skin elasticity, helps increase collagen production and fights inflammation. When combined with vitamin E, the effects are even stronger. Combined they make for a reliable helping hand in the fight against oxygen radicals.
Bakuchiol is another treasure among natural antioxidants. This herbal extract of the Psoralea Coryfolia plant functions as a plant-based retinol alternative. Unlike retinol though, Bakuchiol does not irritate the skin, nor does it cause flaking or a burning feeling. We at Noili fell in love with it! Furthermore, it also helps in firming the contours of the face, erases fine lines and brightens dark spots. Olive squalane is a silky smooth, delicate and non-greasy oil with powerful antioxidant properties. It moisturizes and softens the skin. Like Bakuchiol, it softens fine lines. It is also suitable for dry, cracked skin, regenerating it by adding precious lipids to the natural sebum, which prevents flaking.
5# Don’t forget about a healthy and balanced diet
Antioxidants in our food can effectively fight against the damaging impact of free radicals and oxidative stress too. A sufficient intake of vitamin C and D also helps prevent premature aging of the skin caused by exposure to blue light. Among foods rich in antioxidants are colorful fruits and vegetables, green tea, flax seeds, wholegrain foods, and even dark chocolate.
Let’s conclude with one positive piece of information about blue light – it may have a positive effect on skin prone to acne, as it reduces the amount of bacteria that cause acne and helps control sebum production. However, its medical use should be consulted with your dermatologist.