Technology And Your Skin How To Protect Your Cells From Digital Damage
Wake up. Scroll social media. Check emails. Read the news.
In today’s digital world, the average consumer is never far away from a screen or monitor.
Almost impossible to avoid, HEV light, otherwise known as blue light, radiates from electronic devices such as flat-screen TVs, laptops, mobile phones and tablets.
HEV light is also present in the sunlight spectrum so from the moment we wake and for the majority of our digital day, we’re exposed to blue light that can not only impact sleeping patterns but can also wreak havoc on the skin.
Regardless of whether you work in front of a screen all day, regularly use a mobile phone to catch up on your socials, or are partial to the occasional Netflix binge, for the average person, blue light exposure is a sign of our modern times.
With digital access the norm rather than the exception, you don’t have to be a slave to technology for blue light to potentially cause significant cellular damage. Here’s how overexposure to blue light can impact the skin.
- Oxidative stress
A study conducted in 2017 and published by PubMed revealed that blue light “could produce oxidative stress in live skin”. Oxidative stress can dehydrate cells, cause inflammation and chronic skin complaints, and even lead to skin cancer.
- Premature ageing
The same study also concluded that “blue light contributes to skin aging similar to UVA”. Blue light can affect collagen production and damage delicate fibres increasing the visible signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles. As collagen production naturally slows with age, blue light exposure is a double whammy for those wishing to preserve their fountain of youth.
Cellular damage caused by blue light can lead to dehydrated cells which can weaken barrier function and cause sensitive skin.
So, while we know that exposure to blue light rays isn’t good for the skin, the burning question is, in our modern world, how do we avoid it?
While many marketers are jumping on the blue light bandwagon and touting their products as solutions to blue light exposure, at Biologi we know that your skin cells would prefer you to take a more holistic approach.
We already know that moisturisers can contain heavy, occlusive ingredients and harmful synthetics which can hinder rather than help a skin concern, so here are our completely natural recommendations to minimise the impact of blue light on the skin.
Limit screen time
It’s time to get smart about your smartphone use. The most obvious solution to reduce blue light exposure is to limit screen time where possible. Most smartphones have an inbuilt app which identifies how much time you’re spending online, and where. Awareness of internet habits can help reduce time spent scrolling and therefore exposure to blue light.
Other ways to limit mobile phone use can include only checking socials at set times of the day, leaving the phone off until you leave the house in the morning, or keeping your phone on silent at work.
Apply a filter to screens
Blue light screen filters are available for most mobile phones, tablets and laptops. While they may only filter a maximum of 60% of blue light rays, a filter can significantly reduce exposure for those who spend their days in front of a computer or laptop.
Don’t rely on sunscreen
While sunscreen protects against the sun’s harsh UV rays, it’s no guarantee it will defend against blue light damage. If you’re looking at sunscreen for this purpose, always choose one that specifically contains HEV light protection.
Build up antioxidant protection
Blue light exposure has been proven to generate free radicals that can damage healthy skin cells. Antioxidants protect healthy cells by terminating the chain reaction before the damage occurs.
The more you can build up antioxidant protection through nutrition and applying directly to the skin, the more you’ll counteract free radical damage leading to healthier cells.
Bd serum is single-plant extract of Davidson plum. A natural source of gallic acid and quercetin, Bd serum is also rich in tartaric acid, tryptophan and ferulic acid; all potent phyto nutrients that work together to build antioxidant protection and strengthen the barrier that protects against blue light damage.
Bk serum is potent in natural vitamin C (NOT synthetic ascorbic acid). Created using Biologi’s revolutionary plant extraction method (CLECS – cold liquid extraction closed system), Bk serum is the world’s first and so far, the only source of stable, active vitamin C in its natural form.
Applying Bk serum directly to the skin not only defies the signs of ageing and builds antioxidant protection, but it also does so without adding more synthetics to the skin as many common skincare products can do.
For the average consumer, there’s no way to completely avoid blue light exposure so we recommend strengthening cells to minimise the damage that can lead to premature ageing and dehydrated skin.
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