Unfortunately a second lockdown has meant more hours spent indoors, and more hours in front of our laptops as well as a higher use of mobile devices. Alongside the extra screen time, it has also meant more use of disinfectants to keep our environment safe – and both of these things have a detrimental affect on our skin.
Most of us are aware that our skin can age because of the blue light emitted from screens, but few know that air pollutants can damage skin as well as they induce oxidative stress, pigmentation and acneiform eruptions.
All air pollutants destroy the skin’s natural barriers which are very important to protect skin from harmful particles and for keeping skin moisturised, but did you know that we have indoor pollution too?
There are mainly two kinds of indoor pollution:
- Airborne pollutants
- Blue light (HEV high energy visible)
Airborne pollutants are biological molecules or other harmful materials that exist in the atmosphere. Some examples include sulphur dioxide (disinfectant, bleach, food preservatives), carbon monoxide which is absorbed through the skin (household appliances such as gas fires, central heating systems, water heaters, etc.) and VOC (volatile organic compound) from burning candles and cigarettes. Airborne pollutants can interact with ultraviolet radiation and human skin microbiota which can have a specific impact on skin health.
Blue light (HEV) are electromagnetic waves. Sunlight is the main source of blue light, however, there are also many indoor sources of blue light including smartphones, flat-screen TV, computers and laptops. Spending all day in front of a screen can actually create as much damage as 20 minutes of midday sun!
How does blue light harm the skin?
Blue light disrupts the Circadian rhythm of our bodies and damages the skin cells. The Circadian rhythm provides the precise timing mechanism for energising different pathways to keep a healthy skin through clock genes that are present in all skin cells. Over 24 hours, the natural cycle during the day for the skin is focused on protection; while at night the skin is focused on repairing damage that occurred during the daytime and getting ready for the next morning. Blue light could be a direct signal to skin cells and disrupt their Circadian rhythm at night. Clinical research shows that blue light at 410nm on epidermal skin cells can control their own clock gene expression. This triggers the cells to think it is daytime even at night. We then see an increase of ROS (reactive oxygen species) production, DNA damage and inflammatory mediators. These effects can potentially increase overall skin damage and accelerate aging. Blue light causes oxidative stress in mitochondria similar to UV damage.
Blue light can damage any age skin, any gender. Those electromagnetic waves overheat the skin to the dermal layer destroying collagen fibres and reducing water in the tissue.
How can we reduce lockdown ageing?
- Use Vitamin C, Vitamin E and peptides to reduce the inflammatory effects and protect the skin.
- The use of ceramides, flavonoids, resveratrol, lycopene, phospholipids to recreate and boost the skin’s natural barrier.
- Using collagen or collagen precursors, hyaluronic acid to rehydrate the skin.
- Stem cells from plants absorb blue light and reduce skin damage.
- Broad-spectrum sunscreen creams and creams with HEV and IR filters.
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