• Deanne Pandey

The Skincare Regime You need to Adopt!

We witnessed a lot of changes during the year of 2020. Staying at home and working from home indeed gave us a lot of time to spend with our families. But it also increased our screen time, increasing our exposure to the harmful rays emitted from electronic devices, especially our phones. This emission is called Blue Light Emission. It not only affects our sleep pattern and eyesight but also our skin. The Blue Rays emitted from electronic devices are highly detrimental for you skin. Spending four eight-hour workdays in front of a computer exposes you to the same amount of energy as 20 minutes in the mid-day sun. To put this in perspective, seven minutes of sun exposure at 1pm is powerful enough to induce immediate tanning. One can only imagine how much UV Rays we are exposed to in a day with the amount of screen time we spend each day. Blue light (also referred to as High Energy Visible or HEV light) poses potential skin harm via free radical generation. Blue light has been shown in studies to induce oxidative stress in live skin. This can contribute to skin ageing, like exposure to UVA. However, blue light has the ability to penetrate deeper into the skin compared with both UVA and UVB light. It can directly affect the collagen and elastin in our skin. Not only this, it also meddles with our hormones. Exposure to blue light at night can throw skin’s natural circadian rhythm ‘out-of-sync’, causing skin cells to continue to ‘think’ it is daytime, impacting their natural nighttime repair process, which can lead to visible signs of ageing, and even dark under-eye circles. Blue Light is usually used to treat Acne. But the amount of unfiltered Blue Light we are exposed to, due to using our phones and laptops throughout the day is far from benefiting. That is why it is imperative to protect your skin from this light and alter your skincare regime in order to combat the damage caused by these powerful rays.

The first and foremost step towards protecting your skin from Blue Light will be getting a Blue Light Shield for your devices. Naturally it is not a foolproof protection against Blue Light emission but it reduces the exposure to some extent. Next comes antioxidants. Topical antioxidants are an absolute must in everyone’s skincare regime. Our skin naturally contains antioxidants such as vitamin E; however, these are used up when the skin is exposed to excess free radicals. Applying topical antioxidants in the form of skincare, as well as eating a diet rich in antioxidants can boost our skin’s defence against oxidative environmental damage. Topically applied antioxidants will essentially create an antioxidant depot in our skin, so the antioxidants will still be doing good in our skin after we have washed our face in the evening. To lessen the damage caused by blue light, you’ll want to use skin-care ingredients in your products that use both direct and indirect antioxidants. To fight off blue light damage while you sit in front of your computer, try looking for products that contain antioxidants like pomegranate, algae, glutathione, niacinamide, and coenzyme Q10.

Next comes getting a shield for your skin. This includes sunscreens, moisturisers and defence sprays. Choose sunscreens with Vitamin C and antioxidants. Always wear your sun block, even indoors. SPF 30-45 is advised for daily use. Choose moisturisers with good quality protein and enzymes. This does not only act as a shield against blue light but also replenishes your skin from the damage that is already caused. As far as defence sprays are concerned, choose something with powerful electrolytes like coconut water and sodium PCA, which provide antioxidant protection to fend off blue light in the first place, plus zinc, copper, and calcium gluconate, which stimulates collagen production to reduce some of its effects.

Include these products and antioxidants in your skincare regime and notice the difference in the elasticity and texture of your skin. Following this skincare routine will also leave you refreshed and help with under eye bags.

Try these steps out and let us know the difference in your skin! Till then, Stay Home, Stay Safe and Take Care!

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