Blue light and its effect on your skin

Laptop computers, smartphones, tablets and TV’s have become ever more ubiquitous in our everyday lives. However, the blue light that is emanated from the screens of these devices has an effect on our body and harbours risks for the skin that shouldn’t be underestimated. In this article we talk about how you can protect yourself from the negative effects of blue light .

Light acts as a source of energy as well as heat and has a positive effect on our wellbeing. But there’s also a downside and the risks associated with UV rays are well known. To protect ourselves, we put on sunscreen before bathing in the sun. UV rays only constitute a small part of daylight, however. The biggest part of solar radiation is made up of what is called blue light.

The scientific term for blue light is HEV-light or High Energy Visible-light, describing the short wave, visible spectrum of daylight, though in our eyes it appears more white than blue.

During daytime we are therefore surrounded by blue light in a natural manner and in this dose this has generally no negative effects. However, artificial light sources such as smartphone and other screens emanate blue light at a very intensive level.

Too much exposure to blue light has consequences for the organism

More than 80% of the population spends an average of 7 hours in front of a monitor or other screens. Early in the morning our first glance is directed at our smartphone, at work we sit in front of a PC and in the evenings we relax by watching our favourite series on a laptop while surfing the internet on a tablet.  Because of our living habits our body, and especially our face, is exposed to a high degree of stress caused by blue light.

Sleep better

Blue light has a negative effect on our sleep-wake cycle. It suppresses the release of the sleep hormone melatonin causing the body to remain awake. Hence, those of us not spending the last hour before going to bed in front of flickering screens are highly reducing the likelihood of having trouble to fall asleep.

Blue light gets under your skin

The high-energy rays of blue light penetrate the skin deeper than UV-light and can damage the cells underneath the skin. This can encourage the creation of free radicals. Over the long term, these chemical, highly aggressive oxygen molecules can destroy cell structures. As a consequence, the skin’s elasticity is diminished. The chin and cheek areas in particular have a higher risk of developing pigment spots and wrinkles. Additionally, skin irritations and redness can occur. Premature skin ageing is thus pre-programmed. The effects of blue light on the skin are summarized under the term of digital ageing.

Natural protection against digital ageing

Lutein is one natural active ingredient that filters blue light. It is harvested from the marigold plant and belongs to the carotenoids. Due to its chemical structure, lutein has the ability to neutralise the harmful particles of blue light. Scientific studies have shown that lutein absorbs blue light, ensuring the survival of the skin cells and counteracting premature skin ageing.

3 in 1 Facial Oil – the „digital detox – oil”

Annemarie Börlind’s award-winning 3 in 1 Facial Oil contains nourishing oils such as Inca omega oil, kahai oil and Himalayan cherry oil which fortify the skin’s natural barrier and add suppleness.

As mentioned, marigold protects against blue light radiation from mobile phones, tablets, televisions or visible light that damages cells and contributes to skin aging. This anti-aging dry oil leaves the skin relaxed and regenerated. 

Facial oil vs. blue light

Because it contains the natural active ingredient lutein from the marigold plant many people call Annemarie Börlind’s 3 in 1 Facial Oil the „digital detox – oil”.

This carotenoid is proven to filter blue light (wavelengths between 400 and 500nm) and also protects the skin due to its antioxidant effect. Just as the better known UV radiation the  energy-rich blue light is contained in normal daylight, but it is also emitted by smartphones, tablets and computer screens. If the dose is too high the skin cells are damaged as the blue light reaches even the dermis.

Consider how much time you spend looking at your smartphone or other screens and you will quickly realize the benefits of the research that has been done regarding protecting ourselves from the effects of blue light on our skin. This is where Annemarie Börlind’s award-winning 3 in 1 Facial Oil provides you with a little digital-detox for your skin.


Incorporating active ingredients from social  projects from around the world

Let’s take a look at the formulation of the 3 in 1 Facial Oil. The basis is formed by the use of jojoba oil and processed vegetable oils. In addition, active ingredients such as cherry oil (from a women’s project in Nepal), sacha inchi oil (from a project in Peru) and the trending cacay oil (from a Brazilian project supporting small farmers) are used. These active ingredients have a high content of unsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E or trans-retinoic acids which is also known as retinol. Besides the already mentioned marigold-extract the anti-inflammatory bisabolol and antioxidant red algae are also contained.

Tips on how to use the 3 in 1 Facial Oil

To ensure that your face doesn’t look oily, we recommend moisturizing your skin by using a facial toner or a moisturising gel after cleansing and then adding and evenly distributing only a few drops of the facial oil on your face as part of your regular day and  night skin care routine.

The 3 in 1 Facial Oil has a delicately flowery, fresh scent with slight vanilla fragrance.

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