Nowadays, many of us are staring at our phone & computer screens a lot more than usual. While staying indoors might keep us safe from the sun, our devices have been creating another source of strain for our skin.
Long term exposure to blue light can cause premature ageing, low collagen production, & skin discolouration.
However, you don’t need to throw out your electronics just yet, because there’s plenty of ways you can keep your skin protected!
What is blue light?
Blue light is found on the visible light spectrum, right next to ultraviolet light. Although it doesn’t seem to present the same cancerous risks as UV rays, too much blue light can cause significant free radical damage, which then leads to dark spots, wrinkles, & sagging skin.
Studies have shown that 8 hours of screen time is equivalent to about 20 minutes of sun exposure. While that might not sound like much at first, those hours can easily add up!
Antioxidants are a must:
As if its main side effects weren't enough, blue light’s long wavelength pattern also means it can easily penetrate deep into your skin layers, which is the last thing you want.
Luckily, skincare that’s rich in antioxidants has been shown to help reverse & prevent free radical damage caused by blue light.
Protective ingredients like curcumin, beta carotenes, Vitamin C, & Vitamin E can speed up the skin’s healing process, while replenishing your complexion with the essential nutrients it needs to thrive.
RR’s Anti-Blue Light Recs:
These nourishing boosters are great for fighting off the effects of daily blue light damage!
Sea Buckthorn Pure Oil:
A powerhouse ingredient for protecting your skin against blue light damage. This Himalayan holy grail is packed with antioxidants like Vitamin A, C, & E, which help to combat oxidative stress, signs of ageing, & hyperpigmentation.
Just apply 3-5 drops onto freshly cleansed & toned skin. Rock that orange glow at night or use it as a protective mask while you’re working from home.
Yuzu & Turmeric Bright Cleansing Oil:
Made with a healing blend of plant oils & extracts such as Yuzu, Turmeric, Sea Buckthorn, this oil-to-milk cleanser delivers a big dose of Vitamin C & curcumin to help neutralise free radicals & promote plump, glowing skin.
Apply 1-2 pumps onto dry skin & massage for up to 60 secs. Just rinse with water to emulsify the oil into an easily-washable, milky cleanser.
Turmeric & Lemon Eye Serum:
Our award-winning serum that effortlessly protects your delicate eye area. Brighten up dark spots, reduce puffiness, & fade away fine lines with this lightweight blend of antioxidant-rich plant oils.
Roll over the eye area 2-3 times & gently massage into the skin with your fingertips. This versatile serum is also great for forehead or frown lines!
Along with a well-rounded routine, here are a few other ways you can stay protected from blue light.
Switch Devices to Night Mode:
Most smartphones have a Night Mode feature to help limit the amount of blue light that emits from your screen. Many computers also have this feature, such as Night Light on Windows 10 or Night Shift on MacOS.
Use Physical Sunscreen:
Using SPF indoors? That’s right, physical sunscreens with iron oxide can actually shield your skin from free radical damage. So, even if you don’t plan on leaving the house, it's still important to keep your skin protected!
Wear Blue Light Blocking Glasses:
These specially crafted glasses help to filter out the blue light coming from your phone or computer screen. If you’re anticipating a lot of screen time, just slip them on to protect your eye area from strain & premature ageing.