So, you’ve already established a skincare regimen that religiously involves applying sunscreen. However, I am here to inform you that unless your chosen source of sun protection includes this crucial ingredient, chances are you are not fully shielded from the harmful effects of light in general..
To many, the primary culprits for skin damage and photo-aging are the popular UVA/UVB rays.. Unprotected form those ‘invisible’ rays, our skin will suffer from increasing pigmentation, sensitivity and inflammation.. However, one type of rays that is actually visible to the eye is what science refers to as HEV rays.
HEV (high energy visible) rays or blue light are emitted from our screens (phones, laptops, tablets etc) as well as the sun. Allow me to explain: Basically, when you tap the home button on your phone, and the screen brightens, that glow is called ‘visible’ light. The following fact might sting you like a bee; HEV light is just as damaging, if not more than UVA and UVB… This high intensity blue light penetrates the skin more deeply than UVB and UVA rays. The result? Long-term damage to skin cells in the epidermis and dermis. This has the knock-on effect of causing DNA damage within these cells and activating that break down fibres that give the skin support. Over time, this can result in fine lines, wrinkles, and premature aging.
Virtually undetectable, HEV light plays the role of a silent venom that damages in ways much different than the redness and swelling that the ultraviolet rays tend to radiate.
“When HEV light penetrates to the deep skin layers, it causes serious damage to your skins structure and is said to be as powerful as UVA & UVB rays combined.”
#1 Avoid light-emitting electronics post your night skincare routine. The reason behind this is that you would have already washed off any sunscreen traces that you’ve applied during the day. However, if you are someone who cannot ditch the habit of checking their phones late into the evening or in the cosiness of your bed, then you must apply an HEV infused cream before doing so.
#2 Use earphones rather than having the handset near your ear when on the phone. The heat from using the phone against your cheek causes inflammation which activates melanin production and that can lead to hyperpigmentation and discolouration.
#3 Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen, ideally mineral with an SPF no lower than 50. Reapply during the day, particularly at the height of the afternoon. If, once home, you are switching from laptop to tv to mobile, then ensure you have applied another layer of sunscreen post-cleansing.
#4 Always factor in vitamins C, A, D & B3. All of these can sit and absorb into the skin for a long period whilst brightening and reducing pigmentation (vitamin C), or help stimulate collagen, renew skin at a cellular level (vitamin A, or Retinol), or repair the skin barrier, soothing any inflammation and hydrating the epidermis (vitamin D & B3).
#5 Incorporate a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant in your regimen. Licochalone A, is a plant extract derived from the roots of Chinese Liquorice. It supports the skin’s own protection mechanism against HEV light by defusing free radicals, and can often be found in effective sunscreens.
Good news is brands are slowly responding to what will be a growing concern in skincare. Offering us sunscreen formulas with two vital terms within their ingredients; HEV protection and Licochalone A..
CIINs top HEV and Licochalone A Sunblocks: