What if we told you that those late-night binge-watching sessions are making you look older, only much faster? And no, it’s not just staying up late that is taking a hit on your skin, but also blue light. They are high energy visible lights that are emitted from your phones and laptops, which can break down collagen and elastin in skin. This accelerates ageing and inflammation in skin cells, where eventually they shrink, die, or do not work to their optimum ability. WOW, who would have thought, right?
So, let’s put an end to this horror show, with these 7 effective ways to reduce the damage caused due to blue light.
1. Use sunscreen, even indoors
The blue light emitted from screens is equivalent to the UVA and UVB rays from the sun. So, investing in a good quality broad-spectrum sunscreen and diligently applying it at home will block a lot of these rays from penetrating your skin.
2. Incorporate antioxidants
Antioxidants are A-listers when it comes to protecting skin from free radicals and cell degeneration. They also boost collagen and elastin production in skin – something that blue light directly attacks. Incorporating antioxidant-rich skincare products in your routine, as well as opting for foods that are rich in antioxidants will double-time your skin’s ability to fight. Skincare products that contain vitamin C, citric acid, ascorbic acid and tamanu oil should be a part of your skincare routine. Whereas foods like blueberries, spinach, carrots, avocados etc. contain high amounts of antioxidants.
3. Put on a blue light screen protector
If you spend the majority of your day in front of your laptop or PC, then it’s best to put on a blue light screen protector on your monitor. It is a transparent screen that blocks a lot of these harmful rays. Not only is this good for skin but also for your eyes!
4. Where is your phone at?
Unknowingly, a lot of times our neck is craned down towards our phones, with barely a couple inches gap in between. As a thumb rule, keep your phone at least an arm’s length away to prevent the intensity of these blue light. Not only your skin, but your relaxed neck and eyes will also thank you!
5. Strengthen the barrier
The skin barrier is like an ozone layer that protects your skin from a lot of baddies out there. The stronger and healthier it is, the better your overall skin health will be. Reach out to ingredients like niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, ceramides and peptides. These will help your skin cells recover from oxidative stress and build your skin’s barrier. Load up on them.
- Bravocado Intense Brightening Serum
- Birch Please Skin Soothing Clarifying Serum
- Bravocado Skin Repair Sleeping Mask
6. Use a skin regeneration product in your PM routine
It’s at night that your skin works the hardest to repair, restore, and replenish itself. So it only makes sense for you to add a skincare product that leverages your skin’s ability to fix its problems. And when talking about cell regeneration, what’s better than retinol? The true skincare MVP that speeds up the cell regeneration process to reduce cell damage. So while you catch on some shut eye, give your skin a helping hand by using a retinol serum or bakuchiol – a gentler plant-based version of retinol. Skincare products infused with bakuchiol are quite mild and people with sensitive skin can also use it without a worry.
7. The future is green!
You already know that the benefits of green tea for health are in abundance, but you’ll be happily surprised to know that applying it topically can help your skin too! Green tea, especially matcha green tea, is brimming with antioxidants, and can reverse the radical damage caused by blue light. So, applying skincare with matcha green tea in the AM is going to shield your skin from UVA rays as well as blue light.
So, no more letting technology ruin your skin!