There is more to light than meets the eye: The truth about HEV light

Solar pollution, or light pollution, is emitted from all light sources. The Sun is the largest source of light, and therefore light pollution, and as shown in the spectrum below, the sun produces both ultraviolet (UV) and visible light. Exposure to UV light is known to cause skin damage, including burning, photo shoot signs, and even some skin cancers. However, recent research has revealed that visible light brings its own unique dangers.

Visible light is light that can be seen with the naked eye and often appears as colors ranging from long-wavelength reds to short-wavelength blues and purples. These shorter wavelength blue and purple lights are at the high end of the power spectrum, where they border on the highest power, UV range of invisible light. This particular part of visible light is known as high energy visible (HEV) light.

HEV light makes up one third of all visible light, and is considered to be harmful to the skin. Also known as blue light, HEV light is problematic for a few reasons. First, it is emitted from digital displays such as smartphones, computer screens, and LED TVs, and the proximity of users to the source of the light (compared to our great distance from the Sun) has scientists concerned about acute damage. of the skin. Second, HEV light is harmful because it penetrates deeper into the skin than UV light.

Specifically, HEV light causes inflammation and damage to skin cells called melanocytes, which are cells that make skin pigment. As a result of this damage, melanocytes malfunction, leading to age spots and other skin discolorations. This damage is on top of other signs of photoaging linked to HEV light, including wrinkles, sagging, rough texture, and dryness.

Fortunately, there are ways to protect your skin from damage caused by HEV light. Just like broad spectrum sunscreens will specifically protect the skin from UVA and UVB radiation, certain products and ingredients can protect the skin from HEV light. Two particularly powerful ingredients that offer this protection are Chromabright® and winter cherry extract.

ChromabRight® is a cutting-edge ingredient that serves several functions. First, ChromabRight® has been shown to inhibit excess melanin production, or pigmentation, by blocking the action of an enzyme critical to melanin synthesis. Therefore, melanocytes damaged by HEV light will be deactivated before they cause age spots or other discoloration. Additionally, this ingredient prevents light damage in the first place by absorbing high-energy wavelengths. Finally, in vivo studies have shown that ChromabRight® can also brighten skin that has already become over-pigmented due to HEV light exposure.

Several products offered by DermoEffects feature the unique capabilities of Chromabright®. One product is known as Ultra Day/Night Moisture Cremè, which is a brightening firming moisturizer. Similar to the Ultra Day/Night Moisture Cremè is the 360 ​​Firming Eye Serum, which is a hydrating gel specifically designed to brighten the area around the eyes. Another feature-specific product is Lip Boost , which acts as a lip oxy-hydrator and combats lip anti-aging.

A different ingredient option to protect against HEV light damage is winter cherry extract. Known more formally as Withania Somnifera, Winter Cherry Extract is a unique botanical solution to preventing HEV light damage. This ingredient absorbs harmful light before it has a chance to penetrate the skin's surface. As a result, the undamaged melanocytes are left to their normal melanin production, and unusual pigmentation does not occur.

DermoEffects offers two products that use the power of winter cherry extract. The first is Ultra Hydrating SPF 40 Sunscreen, which is a broad-spectrum SPF product with dual protection from UV and HEV light. The second product that contains the winter cherry extract is the Intensive Neck, Hand and Chest Revitalizer . This distinctive moisturizer is specially designed to target vulnerable areas of the body, including the arms, hands, neck, and chest, to offer protection against damaged HEV light.

In general, HEV light is a serious threat to skin health, thanks to the long, penetrating wavelengths of blue light. However, DermoEffects has harnessed the power of two unusual ingredients, Chromabright® and Winter Cherry Extract, to combat these dangers. Featured in a variety of products, these ingredients serve to protect against photo signs caused by HEV light exposure, including skin discoloration and age spots. For more information on these protection products, contact DermoEffects today.


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