This is why, we just had to tell you how your beloved phone harms your precious skin. We just had to inform you about the harmful effects of the blue light emitted from your electronic devices and the fact that it potentially has a detrimental impact on your skin.
When it comes to emitting blue light, also known as high-energy visible light, the main culprit is the sun. However, your phone, your computer and even the lamp next to your bedside table all have an impact—especially today when we seem to be glued to our screens that remain 3 inches away from our face.
Unfortunately, there is compelling evidence to suggest that blue light is your skin’s modern enemy.
How it is bad for your skin:
Blue light promotes the generation of free radicals, highly-reactive molecules that can damage the skin. These radicals destroy the structure of collagen and elastin, so that your once taut skin becomes prone to wrinkles and sagging. Some experts say that the damage is similar to that of UVA and UVB rays, accelerating skin aging and leading to severe pigmentation.
We’ve all heard about how blue light suppresses the secretion of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin, tricking you into thinking you’re not tired and impacting your circadian rhythm. What’s new is that the blue light is said to affect the circadian rhythm of your skin cells; the skin’s cycle of repair will become skewed as it’ll continue to think it’s day time despite it being completely dark out your window.
Tips to protect your skin from blue light
- Invest in a blue light screen protector for your phone - these are cheap and easily accessible
- Use night mode on your phone to switch from blue light to yellow light - you can literally save your skin by just tapping a button
- Buy a cream which protects your skin from blue light
- Add a coating to your glasses to limit the penetration of blue light
- Try to use your technological advices as little as possible at night