The damaging effect blue light can have on our skin - and how to fix it

Experts say blue light emitted from our screens could be causing damage to our skin cells.

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When it comes to screentime, we're all well aware that less time in front of our phones and devices is usually the better option.

But with work, family, and a constant stream of social media notifications, it can be hard to put yours down and interact with the world around you.

However, this latest news may well make you think again. According to research conducted by Estee Lauder scientists, the blue light emitted from our screens could be causing damage to our skin cells.

The findings showed that blue light - from LED rays - impacts heavily on our skin cell's "natural nighttime rhythm".

But what does that mean exactly?

They said, "This means that nighttime blue light exposure can inhibit the skin’s natural nighttime renewal, which may result in accelerated skin aging."

But luckily, the iconic beauty brand have come up with a way to try and reduce the damage done by the blue rays on your skin - in particular, your under-eye area, which is 40% thinner than the skin on your face in other areas.

Estee Lauder have launched the TNEW Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex Synchronized Recovery, to try and combat signs of premature ageing caused by environmental factors such as too much phone usage.

According to them, the pot of cream will repair the damaged and 'out-of-sync' skin, brighten dark circles, and with the use of anti-ageing ingredient Vitamin E, defend against any more damage.

We're pretty much sold!

And although the product has only just gone on sale, early testers seem pretty taken with the Night Repair cream's results.

According to Estee Lauder, 95% of women agreed that their under-eye area looked less tired and fatigued after four weeks of use.

The cream is now available nationwide is most stores for £43 - find yours at Boots or online at all other reputable beauty and skincare websites.

But it's not just our skin where blue light damage can be seen and felt.

Studies show that exposure to blue light in the hours before you go to bed can actually suppress melatonin, and delay that deep, restorative sleep you need to function every day.

It can also be particularly damaging on our eyes. Research has suggested that over-exposure to blue light can penetrate through our eyes - and may even lead to the disease macular degeneration.

The best advice is to limit screen time as much as possible - and unusually, try to blink as much as you can whilst using a device, to keep your eyes lubricated and limit damage.

But if you're still concerned about the effects of blue light on your face, other products can also help to fight against the damage...

Murad City Skin Age Defence Broad Spectrum suncreen, £45

Murad City Skin Age Defence Broad Spectrum suncreen, £45

Murad's popular sunscreen contains an ingredient called lutein, an antioxidant which is said to act as a barrier against blue light emissions - according to Dr Howard Murad himself.

Origins A Perfect World Age-Defence eye cream

Origins A Perfect World Age-Defence eye cream

Like the Estee Lauder offering, this £32 product contains anti-oxidant rich White Tea and Eidelweiss, which is said to brighten the under-eye area and also protect it against both UV and blue ray damage.

Elemis Daily Defence Shield, SPF 30

Elemis Daily Defence Shield, SPF 30

Also on offer is this £46 suncream from high-end brand Elemis, which acts as both a sun protector and a handy base for your make-up. Its formula claims explicitly to protect our skin from high energy visible light (blue light), whilst improving and brightening your skin's quality over time.

Amy Hunt
Amy Hunt

Amy Hunt is Life Channel Editor at womanandhome.com, having been with the brand since 2015. She began as the magazine's features assistant before moving over to digital as a News and Features Writer, before becoming Senior Writer, and now a Channel Editor. She has worked on either women's lifestyle websites previously too—including Woman's Weekly, Goodto.com, Woman, and Woman's Own. In 2019, Amy won the Digital Journalist of the Year award at the AOP Awards, for her work on womanandhome.com. She is passionate about everything from books, to homes, to food and the latest news on the royal family. When she isn't editing or updating articles on cleaning, homewares, the newest home gadgets, or the latest books releases for the website, she's busy burying her nose in a gripping thriller, practising yoga, or buying new homeware of her own.