iPhones have a feature called "Screen Time" that displays data about your phone usage.
Well, I just checked my data …
Last week I was on my phone on average 3 hours and 49 minutes per day!
Usch !!! I can't help but think of all the other things I could have done with my time.
Unfortunately, Screen Time told me what I already knew: I'm on my phone wayyyy too much (but that's everyone else).
You've probably heard that you're on your phone too often affecting your health in several ways, including your sleep cycle, brain function, and attention.
But did you know that it can affect your skin (and how old you are)?
This can give you another reason to get away from your screens!
In this article, I will explain what blue light is, what it can do for your skin and body, and how you can protect yourself.
What is HEV Light? And what does HEV Light stand for?
First, I want to make it clear HEV light is the same as "blue light", so these terms can be used interchangeably.
The HEV light stands for highly efficient visible light that occurs in the violet / blue band of the visible light spectrum.
Its wavelength extends from 380 nanometers (nm) to 500 nm, which is among the shortest in the spectrum
Fun fact: HEV light rays make the sky blue when they hit air and water molecules in the atmosphere.
HEV light is emitted by:
- The sun
- Fluorescent lamps
- Home light appliances for acne
The sun emits mostly the amount of blue light; Digital devices deliver only a small amount in comparison.
However, with all the time we spend on our TVs, phones and computers, this exposure can start to increase over time.
That's what some people have worried about the effects, and why I wanted to write this article!
Why is blue light bad for your skin?
Because dermatological research is ongoing, the jury is still out on whether the HEV light is officially confirmed as "bad" for your skin.
A study from 2010 from Journal of Inverising dermatology discovered that exposing the skin to blue light emitted by the sun compared to comparable levels of UV rays caused more pigmentation, redness and swelling.
And a little study from Oxidative medicine and cell-long life suggested that exposure to blue light can stimulate the production of free radicals in the skin, which can lead to premature aging signs.
If you need an update, free radicals are present in our environment and can lead to DNA damage, inflammation and loss of collagen and elastin.
In the end, these studies show that blue light has the potential to be harmful and to produce visible skin changes, Including:
- Dark spots
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Thinner, weaker skin
This research also indicates that the more time we spend on our units, The worse of our skin can be.
Oh! While aging is inevitable, I don't think any of us want to speed up the process.
I choose to urge on the side of caution, because I personally struggle with melasma and do not want to risk making it worse.
If you've read my blog before, you're probably familiar with my mantra Prevention is easier than treatment!
So, one way Approaching blue light in the skin care sense is to stop aging signs before they have the chance to start.
You can do it with a few products from my skin care line!
Alana Mitchell Environmental Protection Nourishing Cream
My face cream reduces your skin from stress caused by the environment and modern technology. Retinol, microalgae, amino acids, vitamins and minerals work together to approach your skin and prevent further formation of fine lines and wrinkles.
Alana Mitchell Daily Matte Physical Defense SPF 47
Formulated with antioxidants, 10% zinc oxide and 5.5% titanium dioxide, my broad spectrum SPF differs from UV rays which can cause signs of premature aging and cellular damage. Bonus: It is water resistant for up to 80 minutes so you can enjoy your time at the pool!
Alana Mitchell Daily Vitamin C Moisturizer
My moisturizer provides just the right degree of hydration to rejuvenate your skin and has 20% Vitamin C to brighten the appearance of dark spots, even your overall skin tone and encourage collagen production.
What makes blue light your eyes?
Have your eyes ever become tired after staring at a digital screen for too long?
I know my have!
Well, fortunately, it's just eye strain – not something permanent.
According to American Academy of Ophthalmology, there is no current scientific evidence that HEV lights from digital devices cause eye damage.
However, HEV lights up makes affect our body's circadian rhythm (our natural awakening and sleep cycle).
As it is stimulating, too much HEV light exposure at night can make it more difficult to sleep.
Not only is sleep essential to your overall health and function in the best way, however This is when our skin repairs itself.
So, blue light can indirectly affect your skin in this way.
It's true – you really need your beauty support!
HEV Light Skin Protection
I definitely recommend introducing antioxidants into your morning or evening skin care routine so you don't have to worry about the time spent in front of the screens.
Each product below is packed with them!
Alana Mitchell Night R1 Retinol Facial Oil
Apply my retinol and CoQ10 facial oil before bed to wake up to a glowing and moisturized skin with fewer fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots.
Rhonda Allison Beta Green Tea Lotion
This unique combination of lotions and tones fights signs of fine lines and wrinkles while removing dirt, contaminants and excess oil production to balance your skin tone and keep it as neat as possible.
Image Skincare Ormedic Balancing Antioxidant Serum
This rapidly absorbing hydrating serum is infused with botanical and peptides to balance the skin structure, moisture content, oil level and pH.
Skin care tips for digital time
Our units can have a greater impact on our skin than we realize!
First of all I make sure I keep my phone clean as it is printed on my face throughout the day when I call.
I keep Lysol tablecloths practical in my office, purse and car.
I also recommend using speakerphone, a headset or talking with text!
We put our phone on so many different surfaces without understanding it, and then the bacteria are transferred to our face, hands and even our bed (if you sleep with your phone).
This can not only make us sick, but the build-up of oil, makeup and environmental debris can clog pores and Cause breakouts.
The same purity concept applies to our tablets and laptops.
We write and knock on our keyboards and screens, and therefore touch our face without thinking about it.
Secondly, "tech neck" is another problem we experience when we constantly look down on our phone.
I'm sure you've seen others straining their necks and pushing their shoulders forward to see their screen.
This repetitive action can cause neck pain, changes in posture, hanging braces and wrinkled, tortuous skin.
Bring your device up to eye level and don't forget to include the neck and neckline as part of your skin care routine!
Change adjust your text settings so you can easily read your screen without having to cheat!
Repeated scrubbing is a safe way to get fine lines and wrinkles.
It is therefore a good eye cream, like mine Anti-Aging Peptide Eye Cream, is so important.
This lightweight formula improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and fatigue with its moisturizing and toning effect.
Other HEV light protection methods
In addition to using skin care products to prevent HEV light injuries, there are several ways to reduce the risk of your overall health.
First, I recommend that you adjust the lighting settings and / or add one blue light filter on your digital devices.
Many phones and computers automatically come with a "nighttime mode" and I use it personally this fIlter.
Second, you can buy blue light glasses and sunglasses to protect your eyes from stress.
Who loves to accessorize? There are some really cute and fashionable choices out there!
Third, take breaks and limit your screen time!
The American Academy of Opthalmology recommends "20-20-20" rule: Disregard your screen every 20 minutes and focus on an object at least 20 meters away for at least 20 seconds.
They also recommend that you stay away from your digital devices 2-3 hours before bed.
If you need some ideas to take your free time, I am LOVING Self-care lately.
Instead of playing on your phone or binge-watching as many TV episodes as possible, you can pre-bed, try journaling, meditating, reading a book or talking to your significant other!
If you decide to try this, I would love to hear its impact on your daily routine.
Blue light is not bad
I'm never going to scare you, beauties.
I simply want to provide the most accurate information so that you can make educated decisions on how to care for your skin.
With that said, blue light have some benefits.
In a interview with Allure, Meenakashi Gupta, assistant professor of ophthalmology, said: "Blue light raises mood and helps memory and cognitive function."
During the day, it can actually help keep us awake!
And you can use blue light for acne.
Blue light is used at home and in the office acne-fighting devices, as Tria Positive Clear Acne Blue Light.
Perfect for all skin types, this FDA-cleaned device helps you get clearer skin in a flash!
I also love Forex UFO Smart Mask Treatment.
It gives you three directional photo facials in a home unit, as red, green and blue wavelengths easily rejuvenate your skin.
I want to clarify that you can only get these anti-aging benefits from such devices, not your screens.
According to American Academy of Dermatology, light therapies "Show great promise in treating acne."
IN and study 2004, adults with facial acne who have undergone 8 sessions of blue light therapy for one month experienced almost 65% improvement in acne lesions.
How does it work, you ask?
Well, blue light can kill acne-causing bacteria on the skin, reducing existing breakouts and preventing future from occurring.
Moreover, this method is simple and fast with very few side effects.
I hope it helped you answer the question, "What makes blue light?"
While it's good, I definitely think that digital devices fall under the umbrella if "too much of a good thing can be a bad thing".
While research is still ongoing, I personally believe that it is better to be safe than to forgive by protecting your skin.
I will say that I will still carry mine Environmental protection Nourishing Cream every day, because I do not want to give plague free radicals a chance to give me fine lines, wrinkles or worsen my melasma!
And I think we can all agree that limiting our time on digital devices is ideal for our overall physical and mental health!
Are you worried about HEV light exposure? Are you going to do something about it? Share with us in the comments!