HEV what is it how do I protect my skin ?
The team recently discovered some horrific facts about how your mobile phone, laptop and ipad could be seriously damaging your skin…. So we decided to investigate !
What is HEV Light?
HEV (High Energy Visible) light is a high frequency light that is visible to the human eye. It falls within the blue/violet spectrum. HEV light occurs naturally in sunlight, but we are also exposed to it indoors, as it is created by laptops, mobile phones and other digital screens, as well as LED lights. We know a great deal about the dangers associated with exposure to ultraviolet light, but we are still learning a great deal about the effects of light on skin more generally, and in particular the dangers associated with HEV.
What Damage Can Be Caused By HEV?
Recent research has shown that HEV may be just as damaging to the skin as UV light, although in different ways. HEV light can affect how efficiently the skin is working both in relation to its ability to heal, and how effectively it acts as a barrier. It can also cause premature aging and age spots. Unlike UV light, which causes direct damage to your DNA, HEV damages the skin by assisting in the creation of free radicals and oxidative stress. In order to maintain skin’s health, it should be shielded from HEV.
How can you protect your skin?
An easy way to protect your skin is to look for skincare and beauty products that include Melanin in the list of ingredients. It’s important to note, however, that not all types of Melanin protect against HEV light, so look for a specific statement on the product that it is effective in protecting the skin from HEV light.
The US appear to be ahead of the game in this field. Liposhield® is an ingredient for cosmetics that has been recently developed in the States. It is derived from Melanin and was specifically created to protect skin from damage caused by HEV light. When applied to the skin in, for example, a cream, it sits on the surface and acts as a barrier, preventing HEV light from penetrating the skin. Ensuring your product contains this ingredient is another way of protecting yourself.
Ingredients that work to protect skin from HEV can be found in moisturising creams, anti-aging products, sunscreens and foundation, so it is easy to incorporate their use into your daily routine.
If you want sun screen, Soap & Glory™ Make Yourself Youthful™ Sunshield Superfluid™ SPF50+ contains a specific HEV protection and is reasonably priced too.
“Skin by Marywynn” has a good range of products containing Liposhield. They are popular in the US, but a little harder to find over here. Their Total Age Corrector and Eye Serum both contain Liposhield which you can layer with their Antioxidant Defense complex for extra free-radical protection.