The Download on Blue Light

By Ashley McAdams

Blue light: Here’s the deal

Fact:
The average American spends 12 hours a day exposed to blue light via phones, tablets, computers, and TV’s. Seven hours of screen time equates to two hours of sunlight.

Also Fact:
Said light can wreak serious havoc on your skin.

Yes, we’re all guilty. It’s just the way of life now. If your face isn’t in your phone scrolling through Instagram, then it’s in front of your laptop crushing a spreadsheet or on the TV binging the latest Netflix show.

But don’t worry, we’ve got your back, er, face.

First things first: What is blue light?
It is a high-energy, short wavelength light that radiates from smartphones, computer screens, and TV’s. It also radiates from the sun like UVA/UVB rays.

What does it do to your skin?
Blue light exposure ages your skin, bringing on wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, redness, and skin laxity.

How do you prevent blue light damage?
With the exception of mineral sunscreens that contain iron oxide, SPF’s don’t protect skin from blue light. To fend off the high-energy wavelengths, you need to apply an antioxidant-rich serum. Similar to SPF, it is a good practice to reapply throughout the day.

The silver lining?
Best Skin Days contains active levels of vitamin C and green tea (both antioxidants), as well as SPF 25 mineral sunscreen, so it totally protects you from blue light and UVA/UVB rays. One and done!

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