From televisions and desktops to smartphones and tablets, we’re surrounded by – and heavily rely on – screens in our day-to-day lives. The dangers of our screen addiction include eye strain, insomnia and the dreaded ‘tech neck‘, not to mention expanding waistlines due to an increased likelihood of snacking and less exercise.
There’s also emerging evidence that suggests prolonged exposure to the high energy visible light (HEV light), or blue light, emitted from TV and phone screens ages your skin faster. Blue light is one of seven colours found in visible light on the electromagnetic spectrum. With a wavelength of 4-500nm (nanometers), HEV light is said to penetrate skin further than UVA or UVB rays and hit the layers containing collagen, elastic and hyaluronic acid, which is all the stuff you want to hang on to for plump skin and a glowing, youthful complexion.
Furthermore, staring or squinting at a screen wreaks havoc on your skin by over-exerting the muscles around the eyes and aiding the development of fine lines and wrinkles.
The ideal solution would be to cut down on screen time, but we all know that’s easier said than done! With an abundance of binge-worthy box-sets, primetime dramas and online distractions at our fingertips, eliminating the risks of HEV light is a near-impossible feat. However, you can take steps to HEV-proof your skin, starting with your beauty bag.
There are a growing number of products available containing Liposhield HEV Melanin, an ingredient that protects against the harmful blue light rays. Here are some of our favourites:
Make Beauty Moonlight Primer, £46
This gel-cream formula, enriched with marine algae, hydrates, mattifies and reduces the appearance of pores and wrinkles.
Not only does this lightweight cream protect your skin from HEV and UVA/UVB rays, but it also contains vitamin C to combat oxidative stress and free radicals that age skin rapidly.
SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic, £129
This much-loved serum delivers antioxidants to the skin to help it repair itself from light damage and improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles.