Do Your Skin Care Products Protect You From Digitally Aging?

Do Your Skin Care Products Protect You From Digitally Aging?

When you're contemplating your skincare product line-up, you realize that each ingredient used has a purpose. As of late, one of those purposes is to target digital aging, a very real side-effect caused by that high energy visible light known as blue light, that bursts from our phone, computer, and television screens. This blue light can penetrate deep into the skin and accelerate aging. 

There are now ingredients you can incorporate into your skincare products that prevent this blue light damaged caused by our regularly used electronic devices. In this article, we'll cover how blue light effects your skin and share ingredients that you can use that will help guard your skin and make a difference. 

What Is Visible Light or Blue Light?

Blue light is defined as a high-energy visible light (HEV), which means that the light's wavelengths are between 390 and 500 nm (the measurement used for color wavelength). This is getting emitted from phones, computer screens, and LED lights. Blue light has been proven to dive deeper into our skin than UVA and UVB sun rays and uses a higher level of energy than infrared light. This can result in even more damage to the skin, despite never feeling burnt or any other side effect. 

How Does Blue Light Impact Your Skin?

Blue light effects and makes your skin vulnerable in more ways than one. For example, blue light can induce oxidative stress which leads to damaged proteins and lipids in the skin. It contributes to photo-aging and glycation of the skin, this is when sugar attaches to a lipid, or protein such as collagen and renders them ineffective. Blue light also weakens the epidermal barrier (the outermost layer of skin) and delays the rate at which can recovery. Blue light can disturb the melanocyte activity. Melanocyte's help product melanin which contributes to your skin tone, hair color, and eye pigmentation. When disrupted, it can lead to uneven and excessive skin tones and pigmentation. Lastly, blue light is known to interfere with sleep cycles and cause premature signs of aging of and around the eyes. 

How Can I Protect Myself Against Blue Light Damage? 

Since blue lights and the constant usage of them isn't going away any time soon, it's good to know what skincare ingredients will help protect against the damage they cause. Antioxidants are your go-to solider to keep you well-guarded against the effects of blue light. We recommend looking for products that utilize both direct and indirect antioxidants. What are antioxidants, exactly? 

Antioxidants are members of a biological system that help protect the body against increased production of free radicals caused by blue light as well as from our environments, the air we breathe, pollutants we may ingest, sunlight, stress, and smog, among other things. Antioxidants work to purge free radicals within your skin and body from your system. 

What is the difference between a direct and indirect antioxidant? It's very important to understand the complexity of our skincare antioxidant needs and know that one antioxidant simply won't do the trick to prevent against the many forms of damage blue light can cause. To clear things up, here is what each version of antioxidant does.

Indirect Antioxidants Do The Following: 

  • They activate detox enzymes (Phase II enzymes)
  • They recycle Direct Antioxidants
  • They help cells produce Antioxidant Enzymes
  • Examples include: 
    • Superoxide Dismutase
    • Catalase
    • Glutathione Peroxidase

Direct Antioxidants Do The Following:

  • Direct antioxidants are the ones that you're more familiar with. These are vitamins and minerals that you typically consume from food or supplements, or apply topically to skin. They neutralize free radicals by binding directly to a free radical. 
  • Direct antioxidants are less effective than indirect antioxidants when it comes to addressing the issue of aging. Direct Antioxidants bind directly to a free radical. Indirect Antioxidants do not. Instead, Indirect Antioxidants boost the body’s natural antioxidant enzymes.
  • Direct Antioxidants have a limited lifespan. They lose their capacity to neutralize free radicals. Indirect Antioxidants continue to boost their antioxidant activity for a long time.

Here are some direct and indirect antioxidants to look for when perusing your skincare ingredients: 

  • Pomegranate
  • Coffeeberry
  • Gogi Fruit
  • Elderberry Fruit
  • Vitamin C 
  • Vitamin E
  • Green/White/Black Tea
  • Astaxanthin
  • Mangosteen
  • Cranberry Seed Oil
  • Grape Seed Oil
  • Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
  • Rosehip 
  • Sea Buckthorn
  • Raspberry Seed Oil

As you can see having a variety of antixodiants is required in your skincare products. They should compliment one another's abilities to ensure that as many free radical families as possible are neutralized and vanquished. This is essential for a comprehensive skincare strategy, especially one that is focused on preventing the signs of aging.

When Should I Be Using Blue Lighting Protecting Skincare Products?

The primary trigger that creates free radical damage had always thought to be caused during daytime hours due to sun and pollutant exposure. New research has enlightened us to the fact that the skin's natural antioxidant supply does get depleted during the day, but night time is the perfect time to replenish them. This is especially true since night time hours is a popular time for phone and device use, which is all the more reason skincare products should be included in the nighttime skin routine. 

Other Ways To Protect Your Skin From Blue Light Damage

There are a few other ways you can make an effort to protect your skin from blue light damage. We suggest considering applying a filter to lay on the screen of your phone, which can help filter out the blue light rays. We definitely recommend using an amber setting on your phone after a certain time in the evening to lessen your exposure to blue light before going to bed. 

You can also make sure to each a diet rich in antioxidants to keep recharging your supply of antioxidants throughout the day. Check out this list of foods that can help fuel your body from the inside out. 

  • Berries
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Avocados 
  • Tomatoes
  • Cantaloupe 
  • Carrots
  • Spinach 
  • Grapes 
  • Broccoli
  • Avocados

Although technology is there to make our lives easier, and more efficient we need to be aware of how it can have negative effects on us as well. You can expect to see more and more products promising to fight 'tech neck', the horizontal line across the neck that can be caused from looking down at our phones. Maybe serums will begin to boast they are the remedy for 'toasted skin syndrome' which is a burning reaction which can result in skin discoloration from the heat of computers. We believe that if you're armored with the right products that include the right ingredients consistently, you will be well prepared to fight the impending bodily effects of technology. 

If you know of any skin defense mechanisms that work for you, throw us a line. We love to hear from you! 

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