Overtime Screen Time? Try these WFH Skincare Tips
If you're someone who spends most of their time craned over a laptop, phone, or pretty much any other device, your skin might be suffering as a result.
Conversation about blue light is nothing new. As a matter of fact, we've been hearing about it a lot over the last few years. Since the pandemic hit and most of us have been forced to work from home, the conversation about blue light damage only grows louder.
Do you sit at a screen all day? Here's how to prevent and counteract the effects of all that blue light exposure through skincare.
FIRST, WHAT SCREEN TIME ACTUALLY DOES TO YOUR SKIN
In addition to eye strain which leads to issues like dry eyes, blurry vision, and headaches, light emitted by your computer screen is able to reduce sleep quality, which often results in dark circles under the eyes, fine lines, and puffiness.
What's more, scientists compare blue light to that of UV rays. Like the sun's rays, blue light is a high-energy visible light (HEV) that promotes stressors in the skin that causes photoaging from exposure to light.
Clearly, your digital devices are doing your complexion zero favors. So what can you do about it? Well, you can't exactly step away from the culprit altogether. It's your job! But you can approach the situation armed with a few good skincare products.
WORKING FROM HOME SKINCARE TIPS
Revive Your Eyes
Late conference calls? If you're working with people in different time zones, it might be that you end up having super late phone calls or Slack conversations. That's just one reason your eyes might be looking especially tired lately.
Another reason: HEV rays mess up your circadian rhythm (aka your natural body clock). As a result, you don't feel tired when you should and lack the restful, restorative sleep you need for a healthy complexion. This lack of sleep can lead to puffy eyes, dark under eye circles, and dryness. To tackle the issue, invest in a nourishing eye cream that targets your specific eye concerns.
Look for products that contain caffeine, retinols, and acids, and stick to it at least for four to six weeks to see the full benefits.
You'll love Truly's Eye Candy Anti-Puff Eye Cream. It's made with hyaluronic acid that supports collagen production and retains moisture, and sea kelp that reduces the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. It's an excellent daily formula for reviving tired eyes.
Invest in a Blue-Light-Blocking Serum
All those Zoom meetings may be working wonders for your career, but for your skin? Not so much!
"Blue light, one of the shortest visible wavelengths, penetrates more deeply than UV rays and reach the deepest layer of our dermis," says Dr. Pankaj Chaturvedi, consultant dermatologist and specialist hair transplant Surgeon, MedLinks. "Constant exposure to blue light causes premature skin ageing, which means the skin becomes dull and dehydrated, and worsens uneven texture and skin tone."
To fight the effects of blue light and prevent it from aging your skin, look for products that help block blue light, like green tea and blueberry.
Truly's Blueberry Kush CBD Face Oil is loaded with blueberry oil, a powerful antioxidant that works as a natural shield against blue light. The formula also contains vegan collagen, vitamin C, AHAs, and BHA to plump, brighten, and protect skin from photoaging. It's a WFH skincare staple.
If you have any existing discoloration, treat it with active ingredients like vitamin C and retinol. They're both proven to boost collagen production and promote skin cell turnover which helps even out discoloration and reduce hyperpigmentation.
Treat your pigmentation issues with Truly's Vegan Collagen Booster Facial Serum, a nourishing blend of retinol, vitamin C, coconut, and vegan collagen. Make it part of your daily skincare routine to see noticeable results.
Moisturize and Massage
Experts say all that craning over your digital devices can cause something known as "tech neck." It's essentially sagging of the skin around the throat and jaw, caused by constantly looking down.
According to research, staring down at your phone while you scroll places around five times the normal gravitational pull on the skin. The more you do it, the greater the chance you'll experience tech neck.
To combat the effects, reach for a firming, toning, hydrating face cream like Truly's Cream Skin Face Moisturizer. It's made with hyaluronic acid, sea kelp, and coconut oil to help counteract the effects of all that screen time. Massage it in using an upwards and outwards motion to get the blood flowing and help defy gravity.
Make Time for a Mid-Workday Mist
Between Zoom calls, social media scrolls, and demanding projects, your skin is prone to dehydration. Quench its thirst with a spritz of Truly's Lemonade Mist, a hydrating, citrusy face spritz featuring vegan collagen, lemon, and hyaluronic acid to visibly smooth and brighten the skin.
Mists are a great way to infuse your skin with moisture without having to layer on creams. Simply keep a bottle in your workspace so it's easily within reach whenever your skin needs a refresh. Besides maintaining a super dewy, radiant complexion, this formula also smells delish, doubling up as a room freshener. Those lemony notes will make your home office feel like a warm, summer's day.
Phase Out Phone Face
Phone face is a form of contact dermatitis that appears as itchy, acne-like bumps on the side of the face -- the side you take calls on. That rubbing from your phone causes friction which can trigger spots and blemishes. Those with sensitive skin that easily reacts are most vulnerable to experiencing phone face.
To treat and prevent this WFH skin concern, start by using a facial wash formulated with the acne taming ingredient salicylic acid like Truly's CBD Anti-Blemish Facial Cleanser to help keep your skin clean and clear. Alongside this, clean your phone regularly with a designed wipe to prevent bacteria from coming into contact with your face while avoiding any damage to your device.
...and of course, always remember to slather on the sunscreen when you take the dog out for a walk, go on a casual stroll, or basically anytime you leave the house.