Lockdown has kept us far from friends and loved ones, but closer than ever to our screens. Studies suggest that our screen-time is 54% higher than pre-pandemic, with the average UK adult spending 45 hours staring at their laptops and phones.
Technology has been our greatest blessing during this time- it has allowed us to stay connected to the outside world from the safety of our living rooms. Whether you’ve been on Zoom calls for work or a wedding, bingeing The Crown or Queen’s Gambit, on FaceTime with friends or family, learning to cook banana loaf on YouTube or completing a Master’s degree online; there’s no doubt our screens have kept us sane for the past year.
We may not be outside in the sun much, but regardless we’re constantly exposed to radiation thanks to our devices. Our screens give out blue light, otherwise known as high-energy visible light (HEVL), which have short, high-energy wavelengths that deeply penetrate the skin- even more so than UV light. This blue light can cause skin damage, including pigmentation, inflammation and weakening of the skin’s barrier functions.
But we all know our devices have become an essential part of our daily lives and so aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. So what can we do to reduce damage as much as possible? We spoke to Oio Lab regarding blue light and their Pro Repair Anti-Blue Light Serum to answer your questions.
How does blue light affect skin?
Research shows blue light from electronic devices can lead to changes in your skin cells, including cell shrinkage that speeds up the aging process. Even exposures as short as 60 minutes can trigger these changes.Too much blue light could also lead to pigmentation. There are studies proving correlations between blue light exposure and increased redness and pigmentations changes in people with darker skin.
How much exposure to blue light stimulates harm?
It has been found that five days of blue light exposure for at least 6 hours a day can have the same effect on the skin as spending 25 minutes in the sun without sunscreen.
Over 60 percent of the population spends more than 6 hours a day in front of digital devices. (...)
The exact effects of long-term exposure to blue light on the skin are not yet known, but many studies are trying to discover them. Most of us are unaware of the impact that electronic devices can have and we there is still much to be discovered. We do not have a full spectrum of scientifically proven knowledge about the effects of blue light on the skin.
How does the Oio Lab Pro-Repair Anti-Blue Light Serum assist in combating the effects of blue light?
Thanks to a unique combination of Lumicease® blue ingredient and copper peptide (SpecPed® GCu21P).Lumicease® blue ingredient is a unique ingredient with clinically proven protection and reduction of skin damage caused by the adverse effects of artificial blue light (HEV), natural sunlight (UV) and infrared (IR) radiation. The innovative raw material was obtained thanks to advanced, modern biotechnology, using microorganisms resistant to radiation. The fermentation process involves the use of a strain of bacteria (sourced in an environmentally friendly manner) that can withstand extreme radiation doses (even those found in space). As a result, a ferment is obtained with preventive properties and protection of the skin against exposure to various types of light, as well as showing properties that reduce the already existing damage.
Copper peptide is an ingredient that helps to keep the skin looking young, and its natural role in the body includes a number of functions such as collagen synthesis, healing and anti-inflammatory responses. It stimulates the regeneration and reconstruction of the skin. It has a strong anti-aging and anti-wrinkle effect.
Should one apply the serum every day?
For the best results we recommended to use serum everyday, especially in the morning or before prolonged exposure to blue light emitting devices.
Are there any particular Oio products you recommend using alongside the Anti-Blue Light Serum?
You can use any of Oio Lab products after The E-Serum.
As the Blue Light is damaging skin by the speeding ageing process we recommended to use 7 Wonders Botanical Facial Treatment Oil which supports skin regeneration process or The Future Is Bright Brightening Facial Treatment Oil which stimulates collagen production.