Blue Light from computers, phones, tablets, and television can age your skin!
After months of being cooped up in our houses, we are spending more time indoors -- working from home, catching up on the latest Netflix series, and laughing at tik tok videos.
So, why are we talking about sunscreen when I am not going outside as much?
Simple, if you're sitting near windows, or in front of a computer screen, reading your phone, or playing games on your table -- you are exposing yourself to potentially skin-damaging light.
There are three main reasons why experts say you should wear SPF indoors, all involving what you’re exposed to:
- Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays
- Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays
- Blue light from smart devices, computers and television
Ultraviolet A rays, which can cause signs of aging like loss of elasticity and wrinkles, not all windows are treated with protection from the sun's harsh rays. Unless you're in a windowless room, you may want to consider protecting with your sunscreen. Even cloudy days can emit UVA light which can cause premature skin by breaking down collagen and connective tissues - which can lead to skin cancer. And for the record, UVA doesn’t tan your skin.
UVB rays generally cause sunburns and can damage the skin’s DNA. A sunburn is when skin cells are beyond repair and peel off. If those damaged skin cells continue to get damage there is a risk of skin cancer.
Blue light is emitted from all digital screens which includes your computer, phone, table, and television.
- Blue light can cause pigmentation and spots and increase the production of melanin in the skin.
- Blue light can also create those pesky free radicals which can cause inflammation and lead to breakdown of collagen and connective tissue of the skin.
What’s the solution when indoors?
- Avoid the sunny windows
- Protect your skin with sunscreen (SUR Mineral Defense is safe for pregnancy)
- Protect your skin with antioxidant creme
- Eat foods loaded with antioxidants