Can Blue Light Age Your Skin? The Answer May Surprise You

Can Blue Light Age Your Skin? The Answer May Surprise You

Can Blue Light Age Your Skin? The Answer May Surprise You

Myths & Mistakes / October 17, 2022 / Post by Skin Concerns

Medical specialists have long spoken about the impact of excessive screen usage on our eyes. However, now there has been increasing evidence that blue light aging skin is a real issue. Blue light emitted by our mobile phones, tablets, and even computers could be damaging to our skin. Research has shown that blue light from electronic devices can lead to changes in your skin cell, including shrinkage and death.

This can also lead to speeding up the aging process. Exposure as little as up to 60 minutes has shown to cause significant impact causing changes to your skin cell. So, does blue light cause aging? The answer might be a bit more complicated than just yes or no. While further research is being conducted in this space, there’s growing evidence that blue light emissions do tend to have a detrimental effect over the long term.

What is Blue Light?

Blue light is a visible light spectrum that is present in sunlight, but it is also present in electronic devices such as television, mobile phones, laptops etc. Blue light penetrates deeper into the skin than UV light however, right now it’s not associated with skin cancer.

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, most of the blue light that we are exposed to comes from the sun. Though a small amount is associated with the electronic screen, it is concerning as we spend more time on these devices.

Blue Light and Skin Aging

What is Digital Aging?

Digital aging is a fairly new phenomenon that’s been given rise due to the constant exposure to blue light emissions from our screens such as laptops, mobiles, television, and tablets. While a small amount of blue light is not gravely dangerous, however, due to the increase in exposure, there may be certain repercussions on our health, especially our skin. Most of us spend a large part of our days on various screens – this could contribute to signs of aging such as wrinkles, sagging and uneven skin texture.

How to Prevent Blue Light Skin Aging?

Similar to taking care of your skin for sun exposure, we need to ensure we pay close attention to screen exposure as well. Here are some of the ways to prevent skin aging caused by blue light:

1. Reduce Screen Usage

During the COVID lockdown many of us spent hours in front of our devices and this has prompted experts to investigate the impact of blue light on our skin. An easy way to control exposure to blue light would be by cutting down screen time. For instance, once you’re back from the office, try to avoid staying on your phones or tablets for too long. Spend time doing physical activities or picking up a hobby/interest that will take you away from screen usage.

2. Use a Depigmentation Formula

Ensure your moisturizer contains ingredients that can help prevent dark spots and pigmentation. For instance, Epique’s Intensive Luminescence cream contains phyto-concentrates such as green coffee beans and piper nigrum fruit that help reduce dark spots, treat uneven skin tone and leave your skin feeling radiant.

3. Use Sun Protection

Since the blue light emitted by our devices is the same as that emitted by the sun, a powerful UV protective sunscreen will help fight against blue light from devices. Epique’s Advanced UV Protection System helps protect against blue light skin aging, sphoto-aging, tanning and sunburns. The best part is that it gets easily absorbed into your skin and doesn’t leave a white cast – a blessing for Indian skin. It also helps prevent pigmentation and dark spots while reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

4. Treat Your Skin

Opt for a weekly mask that can help brighten dull skin, as well as instantly lighten and hydrate it. Epique’s Express Brightening Facial is the perfect on-the-go treatment for your skin. It helps deeply nourish your skin and instantly illuminates it.

Most importantly, remember that your skin is the largest organ, but it is also at times the most ignored. You will be able to reverse the effects of blue light on your skin by following a simple but effective skincare routine. And remember to always enjoy the skin you are in and stay Beauty Eternal. 

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