A woman has revealed her horror at discovering how badly HEV light, which is emitted from mobile phones and computers screens, had aged her skin.
Bianca Knight, 29, an assistant manager from Surrey, uncovered the damage when she started working in the cosmetics industry, and decided to take a Brown Scale Surface Pigmentation Test.
She was horrified to find out how aging every day tasks could be, such as using a phone, watching TV or working on the computer, due to blue light – also known as HEV light.
After undergoing a skin peel, Bianca was able to improve her skin, but is now so concerned about the HEV light, she wears a special SPF cream indoors.
Bianca Knight, 29, from Surrey, was horrified to learn how damaged her skin was after years of working in front of computer screens and using her mobile phone
A month later, Bianca underwent another test and saw her skin appeared to have substantially improved thanks to a peel and daily use of light protection cream
Bianca revealed: ‘I used to work in investment banking, but when I was 25 I had a career change and moved over to working in the cosmetics industry.
‘Suddenly, I had a huge wake-up call to just how bad my skin was.’
She added: ‘Previously I’d always loved being brown and having freckles and used to use sunbeds regularly.’
Concerned about her skin, she went to the visit Dr Rekha Tailor at Health and Aesthetics, Surrey.
Bianca underwent a ‘Brown Scale Surface Pigmentation Test’, which revealed how damaged her skin was (pictured, during her first consultation)
After she realised how damaged her skin was, she underwent a facial peel and now wears light protection cream inside in order to protect her face (pictured after the peel, with reduced damage)
Dr Tailor offered Bianca a ‘Brown Scale Surface Pigmentation Test’ to reveal how badly damaged her skin really was below the surface.
Bianca revealed: ‘I was horrified to discover the extent of damage to not only the outer layers of the skin, as would be expected from UV light, but also from the lower layers of the skin from the HEV Light.’
HEV light can induce oxidative stress in the skin as it will gradually damage the skin and will produce free radicals — unstable electrons which accelerate the skin’s ageing process.
Blue light has a longer wavelength than UVA and UVB light, so it can penetrate skin more deeply and damage the cells’ DNA and the collagen and elastin that keep skin firm and supple. If the damage carries on long enough, it results in wrinkles.
Biana explained: ‘People don’t realise that everyday things like using your phone and watching TV or working on the computer omits HEV Light which is extremely ageing on the skin.
‘Ideally you want the test to show pale, even coverage but mine was covered in dark circles and patches showing where my skin was damaged.’
She was left horrified by the photographs that revealed the extent of the damage to her skin, so she began using a skincare routine to try and rescue it.
She also had a three-step peel treatment, which saw her shed a layer of skin like a snake in order to restore it to optimum health.
What is HEV light?
Everyone knows how dangerous UV rays are, but why hasn’t anyone heard about HEV light? Not only is it one of the biggest causes of ageing but it can also affect you in the comfort of your own home.
HEV light, or High Energy Visible Light, is all around us. It’s been around for as long as UV rays but much less is written, talked and therefore known about it.
HEV light is the blue/violet band of the visible sunlight spectrum. So unlike UV light it can be seen and it’s omitted from things like your television and mobile phone screen.
Despite being relatively unknown, research has proven that HEV light influences skin conditions and can cause skin to age prematurely.
Whilst UV light penetrates the outer layers of the skin, HEV light penetrates the lower layers (the dermis).
HEV light isn’t associated with skin cancer or sunburn, it is definitely associated with ageing and can also induce hyperpigmentation and may contribute to conditions such as age spots and sun spots.
She continued with the skincare routine and within a month took the test again and saw noticeable results.
She explained: ‘There were much fewer dark patches showing that the skin damage had been reduced.’
Now particularly conscious of her skin, Bianca wears SPF 30, every day which also has HEV protection – not just UVA and UVB – even when she’s inside.
This not only protects her skin against the UV rays that can burn it, but aims to shield against the HEV Light which she is exposed to every day.
Dr Rekha Tailor explained: ‘People are becoming more aware of the need to protect their skin from the sun and its harmful rays.
Bianca now insists on wearing a special type of SPF cream even when indoors in order to protect her skin from the aging light
‘However, they don’t realise that HEV is also damaging out skin. This is in all the light around us.’
She warned: ‘Even taking selfies are ageing your skin due to the HEV light emitted from your phone.
‘You don’t need to be in the sun to be suffering from sun damage. In any level of daylight, your skin is constantly being bombarded with UVA, UVB and HEV rays which are consistently damaging and ageing your skin.
‘Using protection all day, everyday which protects you from all three of these is essential.’
She added: ‘It is important to make sure your daily skincare regime includes not just UVA and UVB protection, but also HEV protection and wear it 365 days a year to get the very best protection for your skin.’