The Dangers of HEV light on your skin

Did you know that on average we spend about 10 hours a day looking at computers, smartphones on tablets? If you did, did you also know that HEV light from this could be affecting your skin?

The blue light, or high-energy visible light emitted from our electronic devices can affect our vision and sleep patterns, but it can also affect your skin. HEV light exposure can lead to pigment changes, and accelerated development of fine lines and wrinkles.

This is because HEV light impairs the skin’s natural barrier function. Rather than cause burning or redness, it goes deeper than UV rays, damaging the skin’s collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid supplies. HEV also affects the melanin production of the skin, which can create hyperpigmentation and discolouration in the skin.

How can we block HEV light?

While most skincare products are only just starting to add HEV blockers to their ingredient list, ZO Skin Health already offers complete protection from HEV light.

Some of our products that include HEV protection are:

  • Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30. This combination product shields skin from UVA/UVB, HEV light, and IR-A (infrared rays), all while smoothing skin and minimizing the look of lines and wrinkles. It also features a universal tint. (Oclipse® Smart Tone SPF 50 kicks the SPF up a notch to maximize the benefits of this products.)
  • Oclipse® Sun Spray SPF 50. For those who prefer a spray, this product shields skin from both UVA/UVB, HEV and IR-A via a one touch, all-angle spray system.
  • Oclipse Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50. Sensitive skin? Not a problem.  This sunscreen shields skin from HEV, UV and IR-A. Made with fractionated melanin, the formula protects even the most sensitive skin and comprises a blend of powerful antioxidants to prevent free radical damage.

Prevention is key, and sunscreens that block HEV light can help protect skin from damage, but if you are already noticing brown pigment spots, ZO skin health has you covered:

The super-potent Melamin™ Skin Bleaching & Correcting Crème contains 4% hydroquinone to bleach and lighten skin. Brightenex, available in two strengths, helps even skin colour and tone. It can be used as a first step in treating hyperpigmentation or a maintenance product. Another best-seller is Ossential® Brightalive Non-Retinol Skin Brightener which treats hyperpigmentation without the use of retinol and hydroquinone, making it an ideal choice for sensitive skin.