Sunlight makes you happy, but it’s not good for your skin in the long term. But be careful: squatting inside the computer is not a better alternative! The science has found that screen light generates Blue Light, which causes skin damage.
You are probably more than familiar with the following scenario: hours of computer work followed by Instagram, Facebook & Co, in the evening watching a nice movie on the laptop and maybe even read the tablet into the well-deserved sleep. Feels like the number of hours spent on the screen every day now exceeds the number of hours spend in the sun.
What is Blue Light?
Our skin is exposed to screen light for several hours a day, typically your 8 hours a day for work, which has a strong blue component. Blue Light, also known as “High Energy Visible Light” (HEVL), is the natural part of the sunlight that is adjacent to the UV light in the light spectrum (see picture). Interesting Fact: it enables the sky to appear blue to us. But not only the sun emits blue light / HEVL, but also the screens of smartphones, tablets, laptops or computers as well as modern LED and halogen lights. While UVA and UVB radiation and their effects on our skin are well known and researched, the effects of Blue Light have only recently been considered. According to the latest scientific findings, an excess of blue light has negative effects on the skin. Blue Light hits our skin immediately and from the shorter distance. So it can penetrate unhindered into deeper skin layers where it triggers the formation of free radicals.
Image: Light spectrum
What are Free Radicals
You can read more about them on our FAQ page here – What is oxidative stress.
As a brief reminder: Free radicals are oxygen-containing molecules whose chemical structure lacks an electron. This makes them unstable and uncontrolled. In search of the appropriate elementary particle, they damage the skin cells by attacking intact molecules to steal electrons from those intact. They destroy collagen and elastin fibers. The stolen molecule is now no longer able to store water and form flexible connective tissue and eventually becomes itself a free radical. These almost criminal processes result in dehydration of the skin, which makes them age early and cause wrinkles. Free radicals can also promote skin conditions such as acne or uneven pigmentation (also known as age spots). So overall, not a movement you want to follow.
Our Anti-Blue Light Complex
In search of a plant-derived solution to this problem, NAYA found the butterfly lilac (Buddleia officinalis). From the blossoms of this plant, a powerful active is extracted, which protects the skin with the so-called Anti Blue Light effect from damage caused by natural and artificial light. Its cosmetic benefits and scientifically proven studies have us convinced:
- Maintains the normal skin physiology by protecting it against harmful effects of light radiations.
- Fights effectively against ROS production, inflammation, irritation and dryness.
- Prevents occurrence of dark spots and premature wrinkles.
- Preserves skin youth, quality and radiance
NOTE: Look out for our symbol below to learn which of our products contains this powerful bioactive ingredient
Natural Light protector – without SPF
The butterfly lilac extract acts as a 360 photo-protector as a natural shield against the entire light spectrum, i.e. UV light, blue light and infra-red light – but WITHOUT SPF (SPF). The extract penetrates the skin without weighing it down and has an effect on skin damage caused by light.Thus the Anti Blue Light effect offers active cell protection and keeps the skin intact, elastic and fresh. 365 days a year !
So look out for our symbol to know when we include this 360 Photo-protector in our products. We are exciting to launch and be the first skincare brand to use this powerful bioactive ingredient.
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