You’ve probably heard of blue light and maybe you even own redhead-approved blue light glasses. Blue light is part of the visible light spectrum and contributes to eye strain, skin barrier damage, and increased signs of aging. That’s why redheads with more sensitive skin and eyes should seek protection from blue light. But, have you ever thought about how blue light could be harming your SKIN?
Our main source of blue light exposure actually comes from the sun, other forms of blue light comes from mobile cell phones, computers and tablets. Blue light itself is a short-wave blue light in the spectrum of colors visible to the human eye. Its wavelength is in the blue portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. People have started to worry about the health effects of blue light, especially since many of us spend 8+ hours a day staring at phones and computers which means we get a significant amount of blue light exposure from our devices.
What should we do to protect ourselves?
Protection for your eyes
You can protect your eyes from the harmful effects of blue light by wearing blue light glasses when you use your devices like computers, tablets, and phones. Blue light protection can also be built into regular prescription glasses if you wear glasses already. Blue light protection for the eyes can also be found in the form of polarized sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays in addition to blue light.
Protection for your skin
Now, this is super interesting. The beauty industry has just started talking about protecting skin from blue light that comes from our devices (and the sun). It’s important to wear blue-light-blocking skincare even when you’re indoors and in the wintertime. Blue light protection is being found in more and more skincare products, especially those with SPF. Try a blue light-blocking skin tint like the Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint with SPF 40, or add full spectrum drops to your routine like these ones from Coola that have SPF 30.
Not all blue light is bad, and blue light isn’t something to be afraid of. Like the sun, we just have to learn to protect our skin and eyes from blue light rays so we stay healthy and vibrant.
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