WHAT IS BLUE LIGHT AND HOW DOES IT DAMAGE YOUR SKIN?

With the digital age becoming the new norm and screen time immensely increasing for most people, we are finally learning the science behind the negative effects of blue light pollution. Overexposure to blue light from phone screens, computers, tablets and other screen devices not only have negative impacts on your circadian rhythm, sleep, eyes and metabolism, but there is also a deeper long-term issue that is being impacted as well, our skin.

Like sun damage, our skin should also be protected from the overexposure of blue light because they lead to similar damages as the sun's UVA and UVB rays. In other words, blue light is the "evil twin" to sun damage. Studies show that blue HEV lights can cause long-term skin damage at a deeper level of the skin than sun damage. Overexposure to blue light can accelerate signs of aging by contributing to wrinkles, fine lines, dullness and hyperpigmentation. But that's not all, blue light is also causing more damage than we may think and learning about this will help you understand the importance of prevention and protection.

 

Let's dive a little deeper! Blue light pollution is just now becoming a highly sought after topic in the beauty world because it is a true "silent aging factor." Unlike sun damage, we do not receive instant damage that we can feel or see, such as a sunburn. With blue light damage these rays are penetrating down into the dermis, the living layers of our skin. The dermis lies beneath the epidermis and is where our collagen, elastic fibers, connective tissue, blood vessels and other important structures reside. The dermis administers us with an extracellular matrix composed of collagen and elastic fibers which provide flexibility, cushion and strength to our skin.

This is also what gives the skin that youthful plumping and firming effect we crave. Compromising this very vital layer of the skin results in both functional and cosmetic depletion. Blue light on the visible spectrum is the highest energy light and penetrates all the way into our dermis causing direct skin damage. With overexposure, blue light invades this living layer of skin and directly degrades the structural proteins in the skin, such as collagen and elastin resulting in sagging, wrinkles, and fine lines. This is not all that blue light pollution damages, blue light also causes oxidation of epidermal lipids which leads to a skin barrier function that is impaired as well as increasing inflammation within the skin. Plus, cellular aging can occur from this type of oxidative stress and DNA cell mutations can develop into even more serious damage but also causes hyperpigmentation and age spots. This is why it is important to learn the negative impact of blue light pollution to help further prevent premature aging and protect your skin.

 

We don't see the digital age slowing down anytime soon. We believe being better prepared for the more technological aspects of life is ideal for ensuring your skin strays away from the silent damages caused by blue light pollution. Prevention is key to sustaining optimal skin health and we have just the thing to help you do that! The Fitglow Day Essence is your answer to preventing the negative effects of blue light damage, as well as targeting deep hydration, current and future hyperpigmentation, and quintessentially increasing product absorption. 

What makes the Day Essence the ideal choice for protection? This delectable essence holds the power of Plum Melanin, an ingredient that shields and protects the skin from HEV rays, similar to SPF shielding sun rays. This powerful ingredient stops blue light from penetration and oxidative stress and can be used through out the day to continue protection from technical devices. This essence is perfect to use after cleansing before treatment products are applied, to set makeup, and also to refresh and add extra protection through out the day. We believe this is the perfect desk accessory to help combat this new age skin villain. We know that on screen careers aren't slowing down anytime soon, protecting yourself will get you ahead of the game to ensure you skin stays youthful, happy and healthy.