Important question for your skin: How much time do you spend in front of your laptop and smartphone? More than an hour? Then please be careful: The rays of light from such mobile phones or tablets can contribute to premature skin aging. We take a look at the current state of knowledge about HEV light and see what helps..
You may have heard of this beforehigh energy blue light from your smartphone affects your body. We haveAlready talked about it in our sleeping tipsthat this light wakes you up. The reason: Your body reacts to it and produces melatonin. Because you can sleep worse because of this, you unfortunately look a little wrinkled the next day. You realize that sleep is important for a healthy and young complexion!
But that's not the only reason why blue light is bad for your skin.
Blue light can cause skin to age
Before we talk about the possible effects of blue light on your skin, a brief explanation of terms:
What is blue light
Blue light is a visible, short-wave type of light that appears blue-purple and is highly energetic. Blue light reaches people through solar radiation, but also through screen devices such as smartphones. For this reason, it is often referred to as screen light, where correct terms are: high-energy blue light, ultra-blue light, HEV light from the English high-energy visible light) or completely English Blue Light.
Because of the short wavelength, the visible blue light is closer to the invisible and quite dangerous UVB and UVA rays. It is clear that UV rays tan the skin. But it is also clear that they cause considerable damage to the skin: from sunburn to wrinkles and dermis to skin cancer.
HEV light is not quite as aggressive, but not entirely without it!
How ultra blue light affects the skin
What you need to know: Like UV rays, blue light also contributes to the formation of free radicals.
Free radicals are highly reactive oxygen compounds: They carry unpaired electrons and are just waiting to steal the missing electron from their direct environment, more precisely from your cells. Because electrons are missing there, the chemical compounds in the cell are radicalized. This creates chain reactions that lead to cell and therefore skin damage.
If you want to read even smarter:We took a close look at the free radicals here.
So free radicals cause cell damage. They are closely related to dry and pale skin, wrinkles and pigment spots.
In short: blue light causes free radicals and is therefore to blame for premature skin aging.
While the effects of UV radiation have been investigated for some time, research has only been increasingly concerned with blue light and its consequences for the skin for a few years. In the meantime, the connections have been better documented, so that experts point out the dangers of blue light.
In the meantime there are also many articles on the Internet with the warning that you should use your smartphone less because it makes you look old. Indeed
It's not that easy:
Blue light from the sun is more dangerous than from a smartphone
The proportion of blue light radiation from the laptop or mobile phone is almost negligible compared to the proportion of blue rays from the sun: You would have to sit in front of the computer for about 172 hours to get 1 minute of blue light radiation from the sun.
As always, the following applies: the dose makes the poison.
And in this respect, it is good for you and your skin if you put your smartphone aside more often. This is especially true in the evening, when you need to prepare for a good night's sleep. Because blue light is bad for a good sleep. And good sleep is important for healthy, young skin!
Digital aging through blue light is more related to the insomnia of our digital society. But blue light and its consequences for the skin still exist. Therefore:
4 tips on how to protect your skin from blue light
Blue light can cause wrinkles, dry skin, pigment spots, and skin aging altogether. There are four simple tips on how to protect your skin from this:
- Avoid direct sun
In our everyday life, the sun produces the most ultra-blue light. To protect your skin from this, you can take the effective route as with UV rays and avoid direct radiation. Clothing helps here as well asmineral sun protectionreflecting radiation away from the skin.
- Reduce screen times
Digital detox is not only good for your psyche and your sleep, but also for your skin: The blue light shines directly on your face, i.e. exactly the place where you want to have the least wrinkles.
Just add up how many hours you spend on your mobile phone and laptop every day. What is really necessary and what can you reduce
But let's not kid ourselves: a life without a screen is hardly possible today. That's why there are creams that can protect you from blue light.
- Test creams with blue light filters
In cosmetics, too, you will find more and more offers that take blue light seriously as a risk to the skin and incorporate blue light filters in their formulations. The filter reduces the incoming blue radiation on the skin, protects against skin damage and delays the formation of wrinkles and premature skin aging.
- Arm your skin and body against free radicals
Free radicals are small, mean skin killers, but they also have an enemy: antioxidants. They neutralize free radicals and thereby render them harmless.
Well-known antioxidants include vitamin C, vitamin E, carotenoids and flavonoids. You take it in with your food and you can also use it with awell formulated moisturizer Apply on your face to make yourself strong against free radicals.
So: turn off the screen light, apply lotion, stay young
In the evening, blue light makes it difficult for us to sleep and our skin does not regenerate well. The frequent irradiation of the skin by the ultra-blue light is also responsible for the premature aging of the skin.
So it fits well that the article is now over: We are now taking a break from our laptop, apply some lotion and eat some fruit under the parasol.
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