The ageing effects of your digital devices
What you should know about the effects of HEV Light (high energy visible light)
We all know the dangers of UV light from the sun, but what about the blue glow from your smartphone? Studies have revealed HEV light could be doing you more damage than you bargained for.
What is HEV?
High energy visible light, (HEV) also known as “blue light” refers to the higher-frequency, shorter wavelengths of light in the violet-blue band in the visible spectrum. Most of your exposure to HEV will come from daylight. Blue light is also present in man-made lighting such as fluorescent lighting and LEDs. This means your smartphone, laptop, tablet, computer and even your TV.
The ageing effects of HEV exposure
The levels of HEV present in electronic devices is lower than daylight, however, they still emit significant levels and long exposure time mixed with proximity to the screen of your device, heightens the possible long-term effects. There has been significant research into the damaging effects HEV exposure contributes to your eye health and sleep patterns. Now, there’s been a convincing body of evidence to suggest that exposure to HEV can also contribute to the development of fine lines, wrinkles and pigment changes.
So although HEV light can’t burn us, or cause redness like UV light, studies suggest it goes deeper than that hitting elastin, collagen, and hyaluronic acid supplies. This means in simpler terms, everything that keeps your skin looking young.
As with everything, prevention is key. Blocking HEV light has been sighted as important as blocking UV light and UVB, so looking for skincare or sunscreen products that include HEV blockers can be your first step towards saving your skin.
Luckily SKYN® has you covered with our range of ZO® skin health products that include HEV Blockers. Products such as the Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30, is included in our ZO® skincare programs. The multi-use sunscreen not only smooths the skin and minimises the appearance of lines and wrinkles, it also protects skin from UVA/UVB, HEV light, and IR-A (infrared rays).
What to do if it’s too late?
If your skin has already suffered the effects of HEV light, there are a few treatments that can reverse the effects.
Carbon Spectra Peel
Melasma and pigmentation respond particularly well to this treatment, and the added benefits of this peel are also age prevention. The Spectra Peel works by laser energy breaking up pigment, that is then carried away by your body. The laser energy is attracted to the carbon mask, then heats the skin causing it to contract while at the same time stimulating the building of collagen.
The best part of the Spectra Peel? It is fast, effective, painless and has NO downtime. Making it perfect for busy men on the go.
If your skin has aged badly there is a sure fix for fine lines. Wrinkle Relaxers. Wrinkle Relaxers block the signal from your brain to your muscles that make expression lines. These injections are commonly used for frown lines, crows feet, smile lines and forehead lines. The results are subtle, of course, the area will no longer have wrinkles, however, it does not change the appearance of your face or make you look frozen. You simply look younger and more refreshed.
To reduce the effects that technology is having on your skin, step away from the laptop if you can, invest in a good HEV blocking skin cream and consider the damage HEVL could be doing to you.