When we think of environmental factors affecting our skin, naturally we think of sun damage and cooler weather leaving our skin cracked and dehydrated.
We may not instantly think of the hours spent in modern life in front of blue screens. We spend an enormous amount of time on our phones, laptops and computers, both in personal life as well as professionally.
This time spent, in front of harsh artificial light, negatively impacts our skin - ageing prematurely.
While a break from screen time is just as important for mental health as it is skin health, it cannot always be avoided. That is where Vitamin C comes in...the wonder antioxidant and so much more.
What exactly is ‘blue light’ and what are the effects on our skin?
‘Blue light’ is high-energy wavelengths that we are exposed to via the sun, but also by LED lights most commonly found in our phones, TV screens, laptops and computer screens. Pre-isolation, Australians were spending more than 9 hours per day in front of these blue light screens.
While UV is used in skincare to treat a myriad of problems such as acne and smooth fine lines, a lot of consistent exposure, over time means that the blue light penetrates directly into the skin's dermis, causing oxidative stress leading to premature ageing.
This is where the potent antioxidant properties of Vitamin C come into play - it aids in your skin’s natural regeneration process, repairing the damage.
What is Vitamin C and where does it come from?
We are all familiar with Vitamin C that is derived from key fruits and vegetables - especially citrus fruits, and how it can treat common colds and benefit your health. It is also a wonder ingredient used to protect and to treat some of our biggest skincare concerns.
Vitamin C used in skincare is a highly potent antioxidant that can neutralise ‘free radicals’.
What are free radicals? Free radicals are those everyday environmental factors such as - blue lights, pollution and pesticides.
How does Vitamin C work its magic on your skin?
- Hydrates and brightens
- Helps fade hyperpigmentation
- Evens out skin tone and reduces redness
- Reduces appearances of under-eye circles
- Protects skin against sun damage
- Works to fix the damage free radicals cause
- Promotes collagen production acting as an anti-ageing potion
In our lives, we are so reliant on the technology that makes our lives more efficient, flexible and in mays more connected.
Those technologies just happen to also have a negative and lasting effect on our skin with the effects of the blue light they emit.
Consistent use of Vitamin C is the key to helping your skin regenerate and renew skin cells, as well as protecting from inevitable future exposure.