Beware: Blue Light
Photo: Save (Your Pretty) Face.
Screen time habits have been a cause for concern since before the current health crisis. I have primarily been disturbed by the effects that logged hours on social media have on my mental health, but it wasn’t until recently that I learned about the damaging effects of screens to our eyes and skin (!). I came across this information around the same time that we all entered into this epoch of self-isolation, quarantine, and social distancing; a time where we are even more so relying on smartphones and computers for human connection. As someone who lives alone, and for so many others, screen time is literally a lifeline. We’re embracing our devices more than ever – needing them to maintain both personal and professional relationships from afar – and it’s important to protect our skin and eyes while we do so.
Brace yourself – studies show that HEV (High Energy Visible) light, also known as blue light, emitted from our devices damages and ages our skin. It does so by inducing oxidative stress. This ages the skin the same exact way that exposure to sunlight does, however, HEV light has the ability to penetrate deeper into the skin than sunlight (UVA and UVB light). The light from our devices is penetrating our dermis where collagen and elastin live, creating and deepening lines and reducing skin firmness. It gets worse, studies also show that HEV light can be more active in inducing pigmentation and redness compared to UV light. Beyond an aesthetic level, HEV light can also be harmful to our eyesight. Studies show that screen exposure can result in the degeneration of our sight. This effect is most apparent when we have headaches from staring at a screen for too long. Simultaneously, screen time is disruptive to sleeping rhythms. While I thought that adjusting the settings on my devices to the warmest light possible would negate these harmful side effects, I was wrong. HEV light is still transmitted from even the most orange of screens. To think that all of the products, time and energy we lovingly apply to our skin are negated because of our screens is gnarly. Thankfully, we have options.
The Book Club is a line of eyewear featuring blue light lens protection technology that cuts up to 30% of blue light emitted from digital devices. The glasses themselves are chic, BPA free, and affordable so you can keep a pair on hand in both your desk drawer and bedside table.
For our phones, Save (Ur Pretty) Face is a line of screen filters you apply to your phone like a screen protector. It shields your face from the majority of HEV light, limiting exposure to radiation while reducing eye strain and protecting your sleep rhythms. The screen filter is made from high quality, 4 layer Japanese tempered glass, and silver ion technology. It is smudge-proof, scratch-resistant and antimicrobial.