Technology connects us with others, furthers our learning, and brings a smile to our faces on a regular basis. However, while our screens can brighten our lives, studies have shown that the blue light they emit can be harmful. Beyond affecting our sleeping schedules, blue light from our mobiles, tablets, and computers has shown to speed up the signs of ageing. Much like exposing your naked skin to the sun, this light can have long term effects, if left unmanaged. Read on to discover the effects that blue light can have and how you can naturally protect your skin.
Blue Light Versus UV Rays
On the light spectrum, the sun’s UVA and UVB rays fall on the wavelength of about 280-400 nm (nanometers). Next to UV rays on the spectrum is blue light, which falls between 380-500 nm. Although we can’t see these rays, most of our electronic devices have them, meaning we are exposed to them all the time. Whether that’s watching Netflix, reading the news on your tablet, or watching YouTube videos on your phone, blue light is always there. Also, as this type of light regularly comes in close contact with our skin, it gets much closer than UV rays can.
Harmful Effects of Blue Light Exposure
Generally speaking, people understand that too much sun exposure can be harmful. However, the artificial light we’re exposed to in our homes at night can also cause damage. Studies have shown there is a link between blue light and oxidative stress. Over time, this blue light can cause photo-ageing, leading to wrinkles, fine lines, pigmentation, weakening of the skin’s surface, as well as damage to the human eyes. Furthermore, this light has also shown to interrupt our circadian rhythm, which can lead to long-term damage in our skin cells.
Ways to Protect Your Skin and Eyes
Here are a few simple preventative measures for your skin and eye health.
- Blue light glasses – These protective glasses have become popular amongst business people and celebrities who spend plenty of time on their phones and computers. If you are a person with a more technology-heavy vocation, a pair these may do you a lot of good.
- Readjust your light feature – As more people become concerned about the effects of this type of light, technology companies are adapting and offering new tools to help. Now, mobiles and tablets have a “nighttime” option that removes blue light and reduces its harmful effects.
- Get your antioxidants – When it comes to protecting your skin from the effects of blue light, antioxidants are your best defence. It’s also a good idea to adjust your beauty routine to include products which work to visibly reduce the effects of airborne pollutants.
Natural Antioxidant Extracts to Try
If you’re not sure where to start, here are some natural extracts which are known for their antioxidant properties.
- Emblica Officinalis (Gooseberry) Fruit Extract
- Euterpe Oleracea (Açaí) Fruit Extract
- Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract
- Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit Extract
- Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract
- Malpighia Emarginata (Acerola) Fruit Extract
- Lycium Barbarum (Goji Berry) Fruit Extract
- Plinia Cauliflora (Jabuticaba) Fruit Extract
- Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract
- Melia Azadirachta (Chinaberry) Flower Extract
- Melia Azadirachta (Chinaberry) Leaf Extract
- Myrciaria Dubia (Camu Camu) Fruit Extract
These are some of the many great antioxidants in skincare products, which can help protect against blue light damage. If you would like to learn how to make your own blue light blocking skincare products, please sign up for the WapoBeauty’s Complete Facial Skincare Online Course.
It’s vital to keep adapting our beauty routines to protect our skin from external factors, such as blue light. Using these preventative measures will help you protect your skin and eye health. If you are looking to learn more about natural skincare or craft yours at home, check out WapoBeauty’s Traditional Soapmaking eBook. Those searching for guided learning may want to learn more about WapoBeauty’s Complete Facial Skincare Online Course for Beginners and discover how to make professional, safe, and stable natural beauty products. Join the ranks of students who found this class valuable and rewarding!
About Our Blogger
Ashuni Pérez is an American writer based in Valencia, Spain. She has a passion for natural beauty and the environment. Ashuni loves to cycle and drink smoothies in the sun. Follow her on Instagram at @ashuuuuni.