Happy Monday! I hope all of you had an amazing weekend! I’m getting ready to move next week so I was crazy busy cleaning out closets and cabinets. On another note, have you all heard of HEV light and what it can do to your skin and the aging process? I hadn’t heard of it until recently. And I’ve been doing a ton of research on it and I felt compelled to share it with you all. Here is a break down of what it is, what it causes, and what you can do to prevent it.
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WHAT IS HEV LIGHT:
HEV light is high-frequency, high energy light in the violet/blue band ranging from 380-450 nanometers and is given off from computer screens, tablets, flat screen monitors and our smart phones. There have been many studies done proving that this type of light does cause damage to our skin, eyes, and effects the aging process. The average person spends 90 minutes a day on their phone. That may not sound like a ton, but that actually adds up to 23 days a year which adds up to 3.9 years of an average persons life span. That’s a ton of time on electronic devices. And definitely enough time for HEV light to do some damage.
THE EFFECTS OF HEV LIGHT ON THE SKIN:
HEV light exposure can lead to inflammation and premature aging. It causes wrinkles and redness, sagging skin and finally dryness. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want any of those things to happen to my skin. I’m all about using any products that will protect my skin from any of the above conditions. I found a great article on the effects of HEV light on the skin called: FACT OR FICTION: SKIN DAMAGE CAUSED BY HEV LIGHT MAY BE AS HARMFUL AS THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY UVA AND UVB LIGHTS COMBINED.
HOW TO PREVENT HEV DAMAGE:
The main way to prevent HEV light damage is to use an SPF. It has an agent in it that actually protects your skin from this type of light. I have picked a few of favorite’s below:
This product is a favorite among editor’s. It’s a botanical blend of sun flower, cucumber and barley that has amazing moisturizing abilities and wards off the effects of HEV lights.
This product is a plant based sunscreen that fights against digital toxins.
An eye cream with SPF, sign me up! This will not only help with the crows feet and wrinkles around the eyes but protect your skin from these harmful HEV rays.
This age defying moisturizer offers next level protection against HEV light and prevents premature aging.
Unless you’re ready to give up your Instagram account and drastically reduce the amount of time your on your phone and the computer (I know I’m not) then I highly recommend using at least one of products above on a daily basis.
MORE WAYS TO HEV LIGHT IS HARMFUL:
The HEV light causes a glare which causes us to strain our eyes which means our eyes have to work harder to see clearly. After extended periods of time straining your eyes you can get head aches, blurred vision, dry eyes, and mental or physical fatigue.
Natural blue light is known to help regulate the body’s sleep cycles, to boost your mood and level of alertness and to improve memory and cognitive function. Prolonged exposure to artificial sources of blue light has been shown to reverse these positive effects, causing disruptions in the circadian rhythm which affects sleep, as well as an increased risk of depression. Studies show that using a digital device before bedtime can negatively impact the amount and quality of your sleep.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THESE HEV LIGHT EMISSIONS:
As the dangers of blue light from digital devices emerge, more and more options are becoming available to protect your eyes. The eyes have a very limited natural ability to block out blue light radiation so we need to be aware of blue light exposure and how to minimize it.
Computer glasses with blue-blocking lenses, coatings and filters are good solutions for those working on a computer for extended periods of time. You can also add anti-glare coatings with blue light protection to your regular eyeglass and sunglass lenses. In addition, there are filters available for devices such as computers, smartphones and tablets, to reduce the amount of blue light radiation that can reach your eyes.
The easiest and best way to reduce blue light exposure is to take frequent breaks when working on a computer and to reduce your overall screen.
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Thank you so much for stopping by today, I truly appreciate all of you! XOXO, Heather