While I aim to practice what I preach – limiting social media usage anyone? – I am often my own worst enemy when it comes to giving into my vices. Once of my worst vices is sitting on my laptop or phone throughout the night, with not only my sleep disrupted. Blue light is fast becoming a phrase on my radar, as not only is it naturally produced by the sun, it’s also dispensed by fluorescent light bulbs and emitted by LED’s present in digital devices, i.e my laptop and iPhone.
Similar in appearance to ultraviolet light and visible on the light spectrum, blue light comprises of wavelengths that range from 400nm to 500nm. While all artificial light, including LEDs, fluorescent bulbs and incandescent bulbs, can interrupt normal sleep patterns, when artificial blue light is received by the retina during times usually associated with rest, the body’s natural circadian rhythm becomes confused and unable to distinguish between night and day. In conducted trials, the study found that exposure to blue light supressed melatonin production by almost 85% and instead boosted alpha brainwaves associated with alertness and concentration. Not only this, but prolonged exposure to blue light can also have an adverse affect on our eye health, while causing neck and back pain and headaches. On a skin level, long-term exposure to concentrated blue light energy can cause skin damage, including colour changes, inflammation, and weakening of the skin’s surface.
Now I like to sleep as much as the next person but mention potential skin damage, you’ve got me in. Dr Murad, the influential dermatologist behind his eponymous skincare brand, explains that, “spending four eight-hour workdays in front of a computer exposes you to the same amount of energy as 20 minutes in the mid-day sun. To put this in perspective, “seven minutes of sun exposure at 1pm is powerful enough to induce immediate tanning”. Therefore consider this your official reminder to apply broad spectrum SPF 30+ and above each and every day, with many brands beginning to release powerful skincare products that protect skin against environmental factors including UV rays, blue light and pollution.
But back to eye health; I recently became aware of a new kid on the block, in an Australian eyewear brand EXYRA, who offer a range of prescription and non-prescription styles glasses with an advanced blue light filter. Unlike their competitors which use a lens coating to reflect harmful blue light, EXYRA’s innovative lens technology is made using a photochromic dye that absorbs and blocks blue light from entering the retina (watch video here). Maintaining true colour perception, EXYRA’s scratch-resistant lenses offer UV A/B protection while also reducing glare. Hypoallergenic and made from renewable materials that do not harm the environment, these styles provide an enhanced reading experience day or night.
Assembled in Brisbane and available globally in prescription (single vision lenses only) and non-prescription styles, EXRYA glasses retail from $98 and can be purchased online, with the security of a money back guarantee available. I have been lucky enough to try the clear Allirea style over the last week, which is made from a beautiful clear crystal that’s bang on trend right now. I chose the non-prescription styles as I generally wear contacts day to day, and even though I was a little hesitant about wearing glasses over my contacts – my sight has not hindered whatsoever whilst working on my desktop, laptop or iPhone. They’re comfortable to wear, almost a little on the big side because they haven’t been fitted to my face like at an optometrist, and I’ve had many a compliment on my cool new glasses!
The folks at EXRYA were kind enough to provide my audience with a discount code, which will entitle you to 15% off storewide when you spend $70 or more at EXYRA with the code ‘WhyHelloBeauty’. If you’re concerned about potentially harmful blue light, give these stylish frames a peep – you’ll love them!