Computer Screens and Skin

We have all heard that staring at a screen might be hurting your eyes and impacting your quality of sleep but did you know it might actually be ageing you too? Say what?
Yes, your computer screen might actually be giving you fine lines and wrinkles amongst other things ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
High energy visible light AKA blue light is emitted from screens (phones, computers, tablets basically, anything with a screen). Recent studies have found that this light can penetrate your skin at a deeper level than UV rays, causing conditions in the skin like pigmentation, age spots and fine lines ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

First of all, what exactly are blue lights? Blue light makes up part of the spectrum of visible light and is known as HEV. It regulates our bodyโ€™s circadian rhythm, elevates our mood and works with our cognitive function, so they are not all bad news. However, researchers have recently begun to collate findings that suggest blue light is wreaking havoc on our skin in more ways than one. While anything substantial is yet to be proven, the evidence is not looking good โ€“ particularly in a day and age where our phones are just about glued to our hands.

What exactly is it supposedly doing to our skin? Blue lights can contribute to photo-ageing, hyperpigmentation and skin slackness, There is also evidence that blue light can penetrate the skin and lead to DNA damage, which as we know can result in inflammation and a breakdown ofย  our healthy collagen and elastin.

A MASSIVE amount of products protecting against blue light are flooding the skincare and retail world. Depending on the amount of screen time you are exposed to daily, it could very well be worth introducing some or all of these into your routine.

So what can be done about it? Prevention is always better than cure!
A good quality lightweight sunscreen should be worn all day, every day โ€” no excuses.
You can also purchase an anti-glare screen that fits over the computer monitor to cut down on radiation exposure and the glare of blue light or the new blue light glasses to help the eye area.
Wear sunscreen every day. Repeat after me EVERY ๐Ÿ™ SINGLE ๐Ÿ™ DAY ๐Ÿ™
Use skin care products with antioxidants in them โ€”they provide natural protection from UV radiation. Lastly supporting your antioxidants and spf use with professional treatments.

Our top three screen damage fighting products

1 – Affirm an Antioxidant Firming Serum is a necessary daily antioxidant super formula for all skin types, including menopausal/perimenopausal, stressed and slackening skin. Packed with highly active 10 skin specific antioxidants, this peptide serum is ideal for improving appearance of photo damage.

2 – Age defence SPF The smartest investment you can make for your face. Our much-loved daily moisturiser not only protects against dehydration but is powered by superior antioxidant and non-whitening broad-spectrum protection to counter UV-related pigmentation and sun damage. Donโ€™t leave home without this because: daily SPF50+ sun protection is a non-negotiable and the best anti-ageing product out there.

3 – A home mask to buff off redundant cells & Invigorate skin with this exfoliating gel-mask. Harnessing the power of fruit enzymes to help remove lifeless skin cells, revealing a smoother, more radiant looking appearance.


What are you doing to protect your skin from screens? drop us a comment below.