It takes a person 15 minutes on average before they check their phone in the morning not to mention the hours through-out the day we will eventually spend in front of a screen.
As it turns out, the blue light from screens is being recognised as damaging for the skin. Studies are being done as to what extent the blue light is affecting our skin. It is enough that it has encouraged beauty-brands to start creating products with blue light-fighting properties. Dermatologist and clinical assistant professor at New York University, Shari Marchbein, told Allure: “Visible light, especially in the blue wavelength, has become a hot topic in skin care, as there is mounting evidence that supports its contribution to photo-aging, including wrinkles, worsening skin laxity, and hyperpigmentation.”
According to Dermatologist, Dr Sweta Rai, the blue light that our screens emit can cause brown spots on the face and a “falsely aged appearance”. Although more common to affect the pigmentation in darker skinned people, the blue light is still penetrating deeper into our skin than UV light does.
The main source of blue light we get daily comes from the sun (different to UVA and UVB rays) but a large amount of this exposure to blue light is coming from our screens.
A small peer-reviewed study was done on the effects of blue light on the skin and published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology in 2010. This study proved that exposing skin to the amount of blue light we get from the sun caused more pigment, redness, and swelling than when the same person’s skin was exposed to comparable levels of UVA rays. This was evident in dark skin and the pigmentation lasted longer because the light stimulated the skin to overproduce pigment. This appears as brown spots on what would have been a clear complexion.
We should all beware though and try going hands-free when talking on your cell phone can save the exposure directly to your face. It is also good to avoid face contact with the cell phone if you are prone to acne or blemishes because phones can hold a lot of bacteria already.
So, there is no definite conclusion telling us to do anything about blue light yet, however the evidence already suggests that blue light exposure is harming our skin in more ways than one.
What can we do about this?
Use night-mode when going on a screen for a long period of time, call hands-free, and reduce the time you spend staring at your screens.
Atopis skincare contains flavanoids (plant’s UV defense compounds) that are useful in protecting against blue light exposure and has been scientifically proven to protect against the sun’s blue light on the skin. Alas, it is never too late to repair, Atopis can help alleviate drooping and sagging skin which is also a cause of the dreaded blue light!