Blue Light From Your Phone Can Damage Your Skin

By Minji

  • Have you heard of the “blue light” that gets emitted from our cell phones and other digital devices?
  • Unfortunately, blue light can penetrate deep into your skin, cause inflammation and damage and age skin
  • I know we can't live without cell phones these days so am proposing a moderate approach and tips!

What do you think is worse for you, your cell phone or cookies? I’m not sure what the answer is and I doubt there’s been a credible study comparing cell phones to cookies, but when it comes to our devices, it seems there's that same type of underlying love-hate relationship we have with cookies. Meaning, they’re super tempting and easy to fall in love with, but unfortunately, turns out they’re really bad for our skin and health!

Have you heard of the “blue light” that gets emitted from our cell phones and other digital devices? Blue light is the highest-energy light on the visible spectrum. It is known to occur naturally (the sun rays emit them too), but these days it’s easier to get exposure to blue light from screens on our various digital devices.

Recent studies have shown that blue light penetrates deep into the skin, through the epidermis and dermis, to the subcutis layer, increasing inflammation levels in skin cells and destroying good collagen.  In particular, blue light can mess with your hormones and excite nerves so if you’re on your screen late at night, it might be harder to fall asleep and get good beauty sleep, which Dr.Yoon advises is the most important thing when it comes to healthy glowing skin

Dr. Yoon says, “blue light can be helpful in treating acne, but it can damage the skin if exposed to it for a long time.  Typically, the biggest problem with blue light is not the direct damage, but often the indirect damage it can do to skin by interfering with a good night's sleep."

I’m one of those people who honestly wish cell phones had never been invented.  I miss the good old days when people couldn’t reach each other with a push of a button and had to keep commitments based on real conversations. However, as much as I am obsessed with skincare, even if it’s for the sake of my skin, I know I can’t give up my cell phone if I want to function in the world we live in today.

So how does this news make me feel?  And what have I done to change my skincare habits, if any? Well, I’m taking a more moderate approach on this one.  First, I pledge to never drag my digital devices with me into the bed room. I’ll make an effort to stop texting when I stop eating for the day. 

I also have stopped using the blue light setting on my LED device.  Although blue light if used the right way can have some benefits and help fight skin issues such as acne, those aren't my particular skincare issues and it's all the same blue light. 

Second, I’ll recommit to wearing sunscreen, even when I’m spending most of my time indoors and especially on days when I have to be in front of a screen for extended periods of time.  A tip here is that you should reapply mineral sunscreen with Zinc Oxide, which creates a protective barrier for your skin and can block out blue light. 

Third, I’ll make an effort to keep an appropriate distance from my screens. Remember, having bright screens directly in your face isn’t a good habit for eye health too.  Make sure your screens are only as bright as they need to be and you keep a healthy distance for your eye sight and your skin health.

Lastly, this gives me another reason to check my skincare ingredients list and make sure I’m incorporating nutrients like Vitamin C and niacinamide that can help protect your skin from blue light related oxidative damage. Our Soffli 16% Vitamin C Serum is perfect for this purpose!

Otherwise, it’s good to know, but it is what it is and no reason to panic, freak out or take drastic measures.  This brings me back to cookies - despite the fact that I know they are packed with butter and sugar which can wreak havoc on my skin, I refuse to give them up entirely, and that's the approach I'll take to my devices.  As they say, embracing imperfection is part of the full human experience.