Let’s start off with a little reflection, shall we?
Whether it be a phone or a computer, breaking down the time spent on either is bound to break a soul or two.
It will be 1. Unfair and 2. Unreasonable to totally ditch the screens. There’s no doubt that our society today thrives from using our technologically advanced phones and computers. Fetta and tomato pasta anyone?!
Up until recently, studies have shown that light i.e. blue light that emits from our screens plus increased exposure can contribute to skin aging. How, you ask? While blue light is not as harmful as UV light, it can still generate reactive oxygen species (ROS) a.k.a free radicals, that can cause oxidative damage within the skin. Penetration of these free radicals into the dermis can cause the breakdown of elastin and collagen which consequently leads to loss of firmness and increase visible lines and wrinkles. For someone who wants to look youthful for as long as possible, you’ll want to protect yourself from blue light, a.k.a blue light protection.
How do we protect ourselves from blue light?
The good news is that you’re probably doing it already without knowing or at least halfway there.
Some tips on blue light protection:
Reduce your exposure where possible.
This is probably the quickest, cheapest, most fulfilling strategy to protect yourself from the pesky free radicals. When we say fulfilling, you'll find that when you’re not constantly on your phone or computer screen you’ll have the chance to hear the birds sing, pick up a new hobby, “slow down” time and enjoy life. If you’ve already reduced your exposure as much as possible, consider using blue light screen shields or using your phone on night mode which will change the hue of the screen to a warm, yellow light.
Adding antioxidants to your skincare and diet is a must.
Our body does naturally produce antioxidants like Vitamin E. However with UV, pollution and blue light constantly bombarding our faces, our natural antioxidants get used up very quickly. Topical antioxidants ensure that any pesky free radicals that have found their way to our skin get neutralised. Once neutralised, free radicals no longer have the ability to cause harm.
Don’t forget to wear sunscreen and if it’s physical protection even better.
Along with protecting the skin from UVA and UVB light, physical sunscreen has also proven to effectively block blue light. Ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are able to deflect the rays from the skin and prevent it from penetrating into the dermis.
Strengthen your skin barrier overall.
If you look after your skin and feed it with fortifying nutrients it will have the strength and a higher fighting chance to protect you. Make sure to replenish the building blocks of the skin so look for products that contain ceramides, squalane, cholesterol, fatty acids (such as omegas). We produce less and less of this as we age so it’s important to introduce them to our skin care routine. Another way to help the skin protect you is keeping it adequately hydrated. Load up on hyaluronic acid, which is able to help either draw water into the skin or create a film to prevent water loss.