Going through work-related emails on laptop – check. Watching an interesting web series – check. Swiping and scrolling through social media – check.
No other time in human history has man found himself to be so technologically charged. From adolescents to senior citizens, 90% of the population spends two-thirds of their waking moment before some blue light.
This is astounding compared to the bygone times when man spent his mornings under sunlight and evenings relatively without light. But is this artificial lighting good, or are there hidden costs to pay?
This article explores the importance of blocking blue light.
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The Health Impact of Blue Light
For starters, any light can disrupt sleep during the wee hours. This is mainly because the human body wakes and sleeps based on an internal clock called the circadian rhythm. When disturbed, your entire sleep cycle is thrown off balance. [wp-shopify-product id=”7744017170683″]
The repercussions can be severe – insomnia, tired eyes, fatigue, irritability, heightened stress and anxiety, etc. Plus, sleep is the body’s life support system. Lack of adequate sleep can lead to various health issues such as heart disease, dementia, Type 2 diabetes, etc.
Blue light, particularly as a wavelength, is good for the morning as it boosts attention, mood, and productivity. However, exposure to the same after sundown can lead to sleep-related problems. Not only that, but your vision is also affected, especially night vision. Blue light strains the eyes and may damage retinal cells over time. Macular degeneration and cataract issues are often caused due to high screen time.
How to Protect Skin from Blue Light Exposure
So, how are they doing it, you must ask. The answer may lie in your skincare products. Surprised? The best way to prevent blue light from causing skin damage is to reduce screen time as far as possible.
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But, given most people’s schedules and work, this may be a challenge. By all means, you should get a blue-light-blocking screen guard on your phone but also ensure your skin is ready to resist the ill effects.
Did you know that photostable sunscreen is available in the market that offers advanced protection against all kinds of bad light – UVA and UVB rays, blue light, etc.? Your regular sunscreen may not fit the task, but those containing zinc oxide can block blue light.
Applying Sunscreen: The Dos and Don’ts
Wondering how to apply sunscreen on face? It all depends upon the type of sunscreen you’re using. For instance – In the case of cream, take a nickel-sized dollop onto your hand, rub between the palms and apply it to a cleansed face. [wp-shopify-product id=”7771501887739″]
In the case of a sunscreen spray, close your eyes and spray it onto your face until a thin, fine sheen appears across it. As for when to apply sunscreen, the right time is to apply it before you go outdoors. It takes nearly 15 minutes for the skin to absorb sunscreen, so you must apply it accordingly.
Some other dos and don’ts of using sunscreen include –
- Do remember to reapply sunscreen every two hours if you’re outdoors
- Do make sunscreen a part of your winter skincare routine. The sun’s UV rays are still active between 10 AM and 4 PM, regardless of the season.
- Don’t think dark skin means natural protection. In fact, the higher the melanin, the higher the chances of blue light-induced pigmentation.
- Don’t apply sunscreen only on the face. Apply it on every bare part of the body exposed to the sun – neck, hands, back, etc.
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1. Which sunscreen is better, one with a lower SPF or higher?
The best sunscreen for most skin types (as also recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology) is one with 30+ SPF. Besides that, ensure the sunscreen offers broad-spectrum protection and water resistance. [wp-shopify-product id=”7883070832891″]
2. Which one should I use, sunscreen cream or spray?
As long as the abovementioned features are present, you can use any sunscreen. However, in terms of application, the cream form is more suitable for dry skin, whereas those with normal to oily skin may find sunscreen spray more suitable.
3. Does sunscreen limit Vitamin D in the body?
Sunscreens may reduce the production of Vitamin D in the body. This is why it is recommended that you invest in Vitamin-D-rich foods and supplements that help in better absorption of the vitamin.