Here’s the scoop! Recent buzz about skin care is adding a whole new dimension. Indoor lights, lightbulbs, your computer screens and television may be actually contributing to the aging of your skin!
The experts are looking at all the light in all of our lives and if any of it has an impact. We all have different types of light, depending upon where we are, not only in our homes, but when we go out. Think about the light you’re exposed to – other than sunlight.
There is strong thought being generated, that there is a potential hazard that can be associated with infrared and the blue glow emitted from our various devices while watching them.
The good news is that there is a new generation of sunscreens underway for exactly this rational!
Let’s look at indoor light first. We know ultraviolet light is bad for your skin and can damage it. Then there is the “blue glow” you see when you’re on your computer, television or smartphone. This is call HEV exposure. It’s believed this can cause premature wrinkling and dark spots. It is not, however associated with the development of skin cancer.
The bad news is that if you’re in front of your computer for 13 hours, it is believed that amount of HEV is equal to what you would get from the sun in 15 minutes. Therefore, we should all be avoiding close contact with our various devices!
There’s a believe the bigger concern for the HEV generated exposure from LED and compact fluorescent bulbs.
One hour of exposure to an LED bulb is equal to 15 minutes of sunlight!
To think about it further, this is not just a one-time situation but an ongoing build up over the years and HEV is pretty difficult to avoid unless you want to live in the dark.
Infrared – You Can’t See It!
Infrared radiation damages the eyes and the skin and contributes to the greenhouse effect.
It comes from the sun and is often referred to as IR. It is the red part of the light spectrum and we are not able to see it with human eyes. The consequences of sun exposure on the skin have been extensively studied over the years, the impact of IR radiation has received far less attention than its UV counterpart that is well known to cause skin cancer, photoaging, and immune suppression.
You’ve probably felt it when you’ve opened your oven. The stove element will get so hot it will glow a low reddish color (red hot). But, the element was producing light the whole time. It\’s just that at lower temperatures the electromagnetic light is in a wavelength that you can’t see – it’s in the infrared spectrum. We have all felt the heat from an overheated laptop or overused television remote – it’s the heat given off. Here are some other examples you want to try to reduce in your life:
- Computer screens
- Glowing charcoal
- Glowing electric stove coils
- Glowing light bulb filaments
There’s currently research underway to determine the impact if the various types of lights and if there’s a parallel between skin damage and your environmental friendly light bulbs.
Consider using our Skin and Lip Balm to counteract this skin damage.