It seems we are all bathing in blue light these days! That high-energy, short-wavelength light on the visible spectrum comes at us from all angles. We’ve got the usual suspect – the sun – but now we’ve got digital screens like smartphones, tablets, and computers joining the party. And let’s not forget those sneaky LED and fluorescent lights too!
Effects of Blue Light Exposure
You may have heard about blue light and how it can affect your skin health. Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know:
- Blue light can penetrate your skin pretty deeply, but not as much as UV radiation.
- Exposure to blue light can generate unstable ROS molecules, leading to skin damage and aging.
- Studies suggest blue light can also contribute to collagen breakdown, leaving you with fine lines and sagging skin.
- Exposing your skin to prolonged or intense blue light may cause hyperpigmentation or uneven skin tone.
- Watching TV or scrolling through your phone at night can interfere with sleep quality, affecting overall skin health.
- Blue light also has antibacterial properties, which might make it helpful in treating acne, but more research is needed.
Keep these points in when taking care of your precious skin!
The Skin DNA Categories Most Susceptible To Blue Light
If you are prone to accelerated collagen loss, blue light can further speed that up!
1-in-3 people have accelerated collagen breakdown.
The same genetic markers responsible for UV protection are also responsible for blue light protection.
2 in 5 people have deficient UV defenses.
Free Radical Damage
If your body is not producing adequate antioxidants to protect your skin from oxidative stress, you may need added support to counteract blue light penetration.
1 in 2 people has reduced antioxidant protection
Knowing the root of the problem makes it much easier to care for your skin.