You Won't Believe What Your Laptop Is Doing to Your Skin

How bad are our electronic devices for our health? Let us count the ways: We’ve been told time and again how much sitting at our computer is killing us, not to mention the major impact blue light has on our sleep patterns. Staying mindful and anxiety-free? Not so easy when you’re logging countless hours on the Internet, it turns out. And now, add this to the laundry list: Your screentime could be taking a major toll on your skin, in a way that’s equivalent (and in some ways worse) than sun damage. Just… great.

The culprit is high-energy visible (or HEV) light, commonly known as the blue light emitted from your TV, computer, and smartphone. Because these devices became indispensible to our lifestyles so quickly (remember the days when you didn’t check your cell phone every five minutes, like 10 years ago?), research on the specific effects of HEV light is still developing. But what scientists do know is that this light penetrates skin more deeply than UV rays, and studies on the way HEV impacts DNA leads them to believe that it could accelerate photoaging—the skin changes commonly associated with sun damage. Even without concrete answers about the extent of this damage, it’s pretty terrifying, considering how long we’ve gone without knowing this and subsequently taking the opportunity to protect ourselves. 

But much like we can’t exactly avoid the sun at all times, our computers, while not a great source of vitamin D, are a pretty essential source of our livelihood (also important). The good news is that the beauty industry is slowly taking steps to protect our skin from damaging electronic light in the same way that it tackles UV rays: with protectant creams.

Scroll to learn all about the innovative new beauty product that protects your skin from all kinds of light.