Could blue light be damaging your skin’s health?

Most of us know about the detrimental effects blue light can have on our sleep but have you ever realised the impact it can have on your skin’s health? From sitting at a computer all day, to having one last scroll through Instagram before bed – it’s safe to say that we’re exposing our skin to a lot of electronic devices and in turn blue light.

Why is blue light problematic for skin?
Blue light has the highest energy of all visible light - nearly the same amount as the ultraviolet (UV) rays which can cause skin cancer, cataracts, and other eye health problems. What you might not know is that it can wreak havoc on your skin’s health by causing cell damage and accelerating skin ageing. So yes, that means more fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots! With modern life’s constant, and often avoidable, exposure to electronic devices and artificial light, it's essential to protect your skin from the damaging effects of blue light.
While blue light doesn’t penetrate the skin as deeply as ultraviolet light, studies have shown it can cause premature aging of the skin. It’s also been shown to promote free radical damage which stimulates pigment production and can lead to dark spots, plus faster breakdown of skin-plumping collagen.
Not all blue light is bad for us, in fact, the controlled use of blue light (aka blue light therapy) is used by dermatologists to treat acne, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and other skin conditions.
However, clinical studies by dermatologists in both the US and UK also found that excessive use of camera flashes on smartphones can cause visible skin damage.
To combat the damage blue light can cause to your skin’s health, WOW facial has developed Synergy 6 NX-Gen SPF 50 – a multi-functional, hardworking sunscreen that not only provides sun protection but also protects against blue light radiation and pollution. It combines a 3D physical filter with revolutionary technological advances in environmental filters. It’s protective ingredients ensure the layers between skin cells are not damaged, maintaining the skin's barrier and preventing redness and sensitivity.
WOW facial’s Synergy 6 NX-Gen SPF 50 contains collagen-stimulating peptides that increase elasticity and firmness, reducing the appearance of wrinkles by 20%, and preventing future skin damage – leading to a reversal in the appearance of ageing. Additionally, it increases skin hydration and acts as a makeup primer.
Other benefits include:
  • Increased skin hydration
  • Light and comfortable application
  • Lasts up to six hours
  • Suitable for all skin tones and types
  • Perfect for make-up-free days - the tint blends seamlessly into all skin tones
To be on the safe side, especially if you work in front of a screen all-day, Synergy 6 NX-Gen SPF50 sunscreen is the ultimate solution. You will be protecting your skin against damage from blue light while also providing UVA and UVB protection and damage from pollution.
Synergy 6 NX-Gen SPF50 is available to purchase at all WOW facial centres, in the WOW facial online store and now also online at Sephora, Superdrug and Agora.