HEV light - how dangerous can it be? And how can we get protected?
We all know about the damage of UVA and UVB rays to our skin and health in general. If the skin is not protected the exposure to UVA and UVB can lead to premature ageing of our skin, suppression of the immune system etc.
But not only does sunlight with its UVA and UVB rays damage our skin, but HEV light does, too.
HEV is high-energy visible light, it is high-frequency, high-energy light in the violet/blue band from 400 to 450 nm in the visible spectrum. This light radiates from modern device displays such as TVs, flat screens, monitors, computers and smartphones. And (!) it is also a component of sunlight.
“High-energy visible light refers to the higher-frequency, shorter wavelengths of light in the violet-blue band in the visible spectrum,” says Andrew Birnie, a dermatologist and skin-cancer specialist at the William Harvey and Kent and Canterbury Hospitals. “HEV is present in daylight, but it’s also emitted by fluorescent lighting and LEDs, including TV screens, smartphones, tablets and computers.”
Jean-Louis Sebagh, a celebrity cosmetic surgeon and skincare expert, subscribes to the notion that we should all be wearing a sunscreen and a “screen-screen”. “HEV can be as damaging to the skin as UVA and UVB combined,” he claims, citing another study, from 2013, which was commissioned by Lipo Chemicals. It claims that “the effects of HEV are the same as UVA and UVB damage: uneven pigmentation, premature ageing and impaired barrier function, though of course you wouldn’t get the burning redness that you get from overexposure to the sun”.
Research on blue light has not been going on for a very long time (but just remember how skeptical people were about the damage of UVA and UVB 50 years ago), though the latest studies show that this radiation can cause oxidative stress and release free radicals.
It thus, has a damaging effect on our cells!
The consequences are: Acute photodamage
Photoaging, premature skin aging
Inflammatory skin ailments
The good news is that today more and more skincare companies are offering the “screen-screen”, the protection serums/creams for our skin, we can also spot HEV protective glasses by various brands.
SOFRI Energy Cosmetics keep pace with the times as always. The new product coming out in July 2018 is the HEV light protector – a Yellow Skin Guard Fluid Gel.
Clinical tests have shown that:
*Extract of nasturtium from the flowers, leaves and stems.
· The barrier function is strengthened
· Skin texture is smoothed
· Skin quality and radiance are improved
· Improved oxygen supply
· Restricted development of free radicals
· Restricted damage to the matrix by blue light
*Stem cell extracts from cranberries
· Provide UV and infrared protection
· Fight structural damage from sunlight
· Restructure the skin
· Diminish pigment spots and fine lines
*Extract of Mexican giant hyssop – fair trade active ingredient from sustainable production
· Neutralizes skin irritation, redness and inflammation caused by oxidative stress
· Ideal for sensitive skin
· Against rosacea – acne and sun allergy
· For a healthy pH balance of the skin
· Intensive protection against blue light to delay skin aging
· To reduce the formation of free radicals
· For improved radiance and skin smoothness
30ml airless dispenser, RRP £55