Protect your skin from the effects of screen time
When it comes to sun damage, UVA and UVB rays used to get all of the attention. But it’s a fact that UV light only represents 7% of the damaging energy that reaches the skin. In recent years, research has been focusing more on the effects that other wavelengths of light can have on the skin, and there is solid evidence that infrared radiation (IRA) and visible or blue light (such as the rays emitted by computer, smartphone and tablet screens) can have an impact on the health and appearance of the skin both short- and long-term.
IRA causes the skin to feel the sensation of heat, and accumulated exposure has been linked to premature aging. The good news is, the mineral-based UV filters in your sunscreen shield the skin from the damaging effects of IRA and using an antioxidant-enhanced SPF offers extra protection.
Visible light (and blue light) have been linked to wrinkle formation and premature aging, and research has shown that these specific wavelengths of light may make melasma worse. If you’re prone to dark patches on your cheeks, forehead or upper lip, it’s important to protect your skin to maintain even skin tone. Unfortunately, standard UV filters do not block visible light, but a sunscreen with iron oxide (such as our Sheer Joy Sunscreen SPF 50+) can. This is big news for anyone who struggles with melasma, as it can be one of the most stubborn skin conditions to treat.