Unsurprisingly, we spend more time in front of displays as technology develops. Whether for work, entertainment, or communication, electronic devices have become ubiquitous in our daily lives. However, as we spend more time in front of screens, we also need to consider how this affects our skin. In particular, daily sun protection has become increasingly important.
The damaging effects of the sun’s UV radiation on our skin are well documented. They can cause premature aging, sunburn, and even skin cancer. Blue light has been shown to penetrate deeper into the skin than UV rays, leading to collagen breakdown and premature aging. However, blue light emitted from electronic devices can also cause damage to our skin.
The best way to protect your skin from UV rays and blue light is to use daily sun protection. Start by choosing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Look for sunscreens that contain physical blockers like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to reflect the sun’s rays away from your skin.
If you’re hesitant to add another step to your skincare routine, opt for moisturizers or foundations containing SPF. It can make it easier to ensure you’re getting daily sun protection without adding product to your practice.
Apply sunscreen or SPF-containing products before you start your day, and reapply as needed. It’s important to note that sun protection is optional outside. Even if you spend most of your day indoors, you’re still exposed to blue light from your electronic devices.
Take breaks from your screens throughout the day, in addition to protecting yourself from the sun daily. To look away from your screen and concentrate on anything else, try setting a timer for every 20 to 30 minutes. Your skin will get a break from the blue light and eye strain as a result.
You can aid in protecting your skin from UV rays and blue light by applying broad-spectrum sunscreen or products with SPF. We live in a world filled with screens, so wearing sunscreen daily is essential. Remember to take breaks from your screens throughout the day and prioritize sun protection in your daily skincare routine.