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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:

  1. Blue light can penetrate your skin pretty deeply, but not as much as UV radiation.
  2. Exposure to blue light can generate unstable ROS molecules, leading to skin damage and aging.
  3. Studies suggest blue light can also contribute to collagen breakdown, leaving you with fine lines and sagging skin.
  4. Exposing your skin to prolonged or intense blue light may cause hyperpigmentation or uneven skin tone.
  5. Watching TV or scrolling through your phone at night can interfere with sleep quality, affecting overall skin health.
  6. 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!

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Protecting Your Skin

Here are steps you can take to protect your skin from overexposure to blue light:

  1. Limit Screen Time: Reduce exposure to digital devices by taking regular breaks or using blue light filters or glasses that block or filter out blue light.
  2. Use Topical Antioxidants: Apply skincare products containing antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin E, as they can help neutralize the free radicals generated by blue light.
  3. Wear Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen: Look for sunscreen formulations that offer protection against both UVA and UVB radiation, as they may also provide some defense against blue light.
  4. Follow a Healthy Skincare Routine: Maintain a comprehensive skincare routine that includes gentle cleansing, moisturizing, and using products containing beneficial ingredients like retinol and niacinamide.

Note that while the potential effects of blue light on skin health are being studied, more research is needed to understand its long-term impact. The most effective way to protect your skin is to maintain a well-rounded approach to skincare and practice sun-safe habits.

The Skin DNA Categories Most Susceptible To Blue Light

Collagen + Elasticity

Collagen Deficiency

If you are prone to accelerated collagen loss, blue light can further speed that up!

1-in-3 people have accelerated collagen breakdown.

UV Damage

UV Damage

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

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.

Experience the Power of KNOWING!