Blue Light Effects on the Skin
In today’s modern world, most of the population spends their time working in front of computers, using their phones, and watching television. With screen time consistently on the rise, it’s important to understand the effects of blue light on the skin and what can be done to manage it.
What is Blue Light?
Blue light, also known as high-energy visible light (HEV), is part of the visible light spectrum seen by humans. It has a short, high-energy wavelength ranging from 400-600 nm. Humans used to receive most of their blue light exposure directly from the sun. However, with the invention of screened electronic devices such as computers and phones, that is no longer the case. We now get 40% of our blue light exposure from the sun and the remaining 60% from devices.
Benefits of Blue Light
Blue light exposure does have some benefits. For example, blue light helps us wake up in the morning and provides energy throughout the day. It’s also shown to help combat depression and treat infections such as Propionibacterium Acnes, which is the bacteria that is linked to acne. However, too much blue light exposure can lead to damage to the skin and eyes.
Negative Effects of Blue Light
Blue light is a type of free radical with studies proving its ability to penetrate deeply into the skin, even deeper than UVA/UVB rays, damaging all skin layers. Due to extensive free radical damage, blue light additionally contributes to premature photoaging, hyperpigmentation, inflammation, and decreased skin immunity. Too much blue light exposure can also have a negative effect on the eyes and may lead to age-related macular degeneration.
How to Protect Your Skin from Blue Light
You can protect your skin against prolonged blue light exposure by using topical antioxidants. Free radicals often have an unpaired electron in their outer orbit so they try to steal an electron from another substance in the skin to become a pair. However, stealing an electron from another substance leads to free radical damage. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals in the body by providing the extra electron the free radical needs, without becoming a free radical itself. Therefore, using skincare products that contain antioxidants is a great way to protect your skin against harmful blue light effects. It’s important to note that although topical antioxidants help protect your skin from blue light damage, some damage is still expected to occur and cannot be completely erased or prevented.
GeneXC Serum is a great addition to your skincare regimen and provides superior antioxidant protection while improving the overall appearance of the skin. Formulated with our exclusive Extremozyme® technology, this serum is clinically proven to help protect, revitalize, and enhance the foundation of healthy skin. GeneXC Serum contains 20% Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid), a powerful antioxidant that helps protect against the visual effects of photodamage. This unique serum is also formulated with Superoxide Dismutase, which is dually a natural enzyme and antioxidant that combats free radical damage and protects the skin against future damage. Unlike typical antioxidants, this powerhouse ingredient works on a continual loop to repair and protect from cellular damage. In an independent clinical study performed, GeneXC Serum demonstrated protective and regenerative qualities against skin damage related to blue light exposure.
Pro-Heal Serum Advance+
Pro-Heal Serum Advance+ is another must-have for your skincare needs and demonstrated regenerative abilities for skin damaged by blue light exposure in an independent clinical study performed. This unique formula is made with our exclusive Advance+ Vitamin C, Olive Leaf Extract, and pure Vitamins E and A. These powerful antioxidants work together to diminish the appearance of premature aging and protect the skin from further damage. Pro-Heal Serum Advance+ is a great serum for those with sensitive, blemish-prone, and compromised skin due to its nourishing and calming formula.
Extreme Protect SPF 40
Extreme Protect SPF 40 is a great option for daily SPF and demonstrated both protective and regenerative qualities against skin damage related to blue light exposure in an independent clinical study performed. This formula features our proprietary Extremozyme® technology, Titanium Dioxide, and Zinc Oxide to protect the skin from environmental stressors without leaving a white cast. This antioxidant-rich formula, hydrates, smooths and softens while protecting the skin against the visual effects of photodamage.
PerfecTint Powder SPF 40
PerfecTint Powder SPF 40 does it all! This product provides multilevel broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, free radical protection, and environmental protection. It doesn’t stop there. In an independent clinical study performed, PerfecTint Powder SPF 40 demonstrated protective and regenerative qualities against skin damage related to blue light. This luxurious formula minimizes the appearance of pores, absorbs surface oil, and comes in five different shades to tastefully match any skin tone. Easily reapply and take it everywhere you go! This one-of-a-kind powder sunscreen performs at an advanced level, leaving your skin hydrated, protected, and with a flawless finish!
To learn more about these products or for a professional skincare consultation, visit our Partner Locator to find a specialist near you.