Is Your Smartphone Aging You? Here’s How to Protect Skin From Damaging Blue Light

When most people think of skin damage, UV rays typically come to mind. But did you know that the damaging effects of high-energy visible (HEV) light can be as harmful as the damage caused by UVA and UVB light combined? HEV is a different spectrum of light than what’s emitted by the sun and it includes the light from the screens of technological devices, says Dr. Julie Russak, dermatologist and founder of the Russak Dermatology Clinic.

If you’re not careful, HEV light and infrared (IR) light, commonly known as photo light, can lead to premature aging and skin damage from the blue-violet and invisible light emitted from electronic devices such as tablets, computers and yes, even your smartphone. The good news is that there are products to minimize the damage and, in most cases, prevent it before it happens. And we have a list of a few must-buys you’ll want to try STAT.

Scroll through the gallery to see our favorite products that protect against blue light damage — and remember to use an SPF separately in order to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays for complete protection.

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