If upon reading the title, you scoffed at the thought of slathering on some sunblock just to sit in front of your screen—you’re not alone. We’ll admit the idea sounds a bit far-fetched, but there’s mounting evidence that blue light from your devices can be damaging your skin. In this post, we’ll be discussing why you should start wearing sunscreen inside to minimize blue light’s contribution to aging.
Wait, What’s Blue Light?
For such a screen-centric society, blue light isn’t on a lot of people’s radar. This color is visible to the human eye and has an incredibly short wavelength. We’re talking artificial blue light, specifically. The type of blue light produced by laptops, phones, tablets, and more. Excessive artificial blue light exposure can lead to eye strain, sleep disruption, and, you guessed it, skin damage.
How Blue Light Can Damage the Skin
Recent studies have shown that exposure to blue light from screens can contribute to the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), otherwise known as free radicals. Yep, they’re not only borne from UV rays. Free radicals can interfere with the skin’s repair process, leading to aging skin.
Because blue light is a high-energy visible light, it’s got the brawn to penetrate skin deeper than UV rays. It’s safe to say that wearing sunscreen inside for blue light is worth your while to avoid layered damage.
Wearing Sunscreen Inside for Blue Light
Not all sunscreens are up for the challenge against blue light. You’re going to want to opt for a physical (or mineral) sunscreen that contains Zinc Oxide. The reason being, chemical sunscreens allow UVA/UVB rays to still penetrate the skin while mineral sunscreen creates a barrier against them.
If you’re not a fan of that sunscreen feeling, don’t fret. Beauty by Earth’s sunscreen blends easy and doesn’t leave any residue behind. Trust us, no one likes the idea of sitting on the couch all greasy just to scroll through the feed.
So, take a second to rub on some sunblock—even if you’re a homebody. Our digital era isn’t going anywhere and your skin will thank you in the long run. Wearing sunscreen inside for blue light is a simple, yet vital addition to your routine.