We recently wrote a blog post about the effects of blue light on our skin, and it made us realise how little is actually known about digital ageing. So, we thought we should write another article explaining what digital ageing actually is and why we need to be aware of it.
Digital ageing is a new phenomenon that has come about from the rise in our exposure to blue light. Our use and reliance on screens over the last couple of decades has grown dramatically and with this we are at a point where many of us are surrounded by blue light for a lot of the day. This comes from our computers, tablets, phones, televisions and certain types of lighting. A small amount of blue light is fine for us, and it is found naturally in sunlight. However, the intensity of blue light that we are now exposed to is not great for us and has resulted in what is known as ‘digital ageing.’
Many of us are on screens for large amounts of the day and this can have the effect of accelerating skin ageing. It contributes to all the usual signs of ageing such as lines and wrinkles, sagging, uneven texture, sensitivity and pigmentation. The problem with blue light is that it goes deep into our skin layers and has a negative effect on our collagen and elastin.
Blue light radiation is also known as high energy visible light. It has short high energy waves that are only slightly less powerful than UV waves. The good news is that at present there is not thought to be any link to blue light exposure and cancer. Although our intense use of blue light has only happened in recent times, and so further research is needed in this area. But it is known to contribute to skin ageing. It reaches down to the dermis which is the deeper layers of skin and causes free radical production, that can cause inflammation and negatively affect the skin structure.
It is clear to see what digital ageing is and how it impacts our skin by accelerating the ageing process. Because of this we should take care to protect our skin from digital ageing in the same way that we do with other factors that cause premature skin ageing. There are four simple ways to protect skin from blue light damage and these include.
- Use products that are packed with antioxidants such as Nakin’s Natural Anti-Ageing Skincare, as this topical application will help to fight off free radical damage caused by too much exposure to blue light.
- Protect by consuming antioxidants internally, which is achieved by consuming a diet of richly coloured fruits and vegetables.
- Use sunscreen on your skin to shield it from blue light damage.
- Limit the amount of time that your skin is exposed to blue light.
We hope that you found our article helpful explaining what digital ageing is. It is something that is becoming more prevalent in current times and will continue to be a concern as the build-up of digital ageing effects become more noticeable. Nakin’s range of face products will go some way to help to combat the effects of digital ageing on the face and neck, alongside limiting exposure, eating an antioxidant rich diet and using sunscreen. At Nakin we have a complete face care range that helps to keep skin looking fresh and youthful and you can find out more about our products and range below.
- Discover our award-winning natural anti-ageing face cleansers.
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- See our full range of natural anti-ageing products, with everything needed in an effective face care routine.