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Hello lovely! We all know that our skin is undoubtedly important to us. For this reason, it is essential to understand the many factors that play into achieving healthy, glowing skin. Some more commonly known influences that have the potential to harm the skin include diet, harsh chemicals in products, weather, stress, and sun exposure. But as many of us are spending extra time on our digital devices during this holiday season, let’s take a look at the effects that artificial blue light has on our skin.

 

Take a moment to think about how often you use digital devices throughout the day. Artificial blue light is emitted from screens like cellphones, televisions, iPads, and other similar technology—although it is also found naturally in sunlight. Considering the amount of time we spend using this type of technology, knowing its impact on the skin plays a crucial part in determining an effective skincare routine.

Research has shown that blue light can have many effects on the skin. An overexposure to this type of light increases the chance of redness, swelling, and pigmentation. In order to further restore radiant skin amidst these types of rays, consider adding or adjusting a few steps in your daily skincare routine.

A great place to start is to evaluate your moisturizing needs, particularly to your skin. Blue light has the potential to accelerate the aging of the skin, so anti-aging properties are important when choosing a moisturizer or serum to apply. In fact, blue light has the potential to penetrate the dermis, therefore adding to the effects of blue light on skin.

 

Booking a facial with a professional can have restorative benefits to enhance your complexion and increase plumpness in the skin. In addition to special treatments, be sure to incorporate daily habits—such as investing in a sunscreen for your face that will provide important SPF factors. Nourishing your skin with the correct antioxidants and products can help combat the blue light impact from your digital devices.

In addition to ramping up your skincare, there are tools available to apply directly in relation to your devices that will also have your skin thanking you. Simply putting your devices on lighting modes with warmer tones can help. This type of lighting limits the blue light that is emitted from your screen, therefore making it a safer way to use your digital devices. Similarly, laptop or computer blue-light filtering screens that lay directly on the screen of your device are great if you work on a computer for extended periods of time throughout the day.

Bonus tip: Not only does blue light carry the potential to impact your skin, this type of artificial light can also negatively affect your eyes, which can speed up the aging process even further. Although blue light is something that is found naturally in sunlight, the high-energy and short-wavelength properties of blue light makes it harmful to the eyes. Specifically, damage to the retina can occur and opens the door for other vision problems down the road. This type of light is naturally harder for eyes to filter on their own, so special blue-light glasses are available to protect your long-term eye health in addition to necessary precautions to take with your skin.

 

Furthermore, blue-light is known to act as a disruption to your body’s natural sleep cycle. As sleep plays a key role in circulation and how lively our skin appears, wearing glasses like these throughout the day and particularly before bed can aid in ensuring adequate beauty sleep.

 

 Now that you understand how blue light can impact your skin (and eyes) be sure to use some of these preventative measures and recommendations. Develop a harmonious skin and technology use routine to keep your skin and life vibrant heading into this New Year!