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What Should I Do About Blue Light Exposure?

 

Blue Light: Should I Be Worried?


Yes, you should. If you do a quick Google search, chances are you are going to see articles with headlines like "Is Blue Light Bad for Your Eyes?", "How Blue Light Can Affect Your Health", "How Blue Light Affects Sleep" etc. There is even a website called, "Blue Light Exposed".

So, if you ask me - yes, you should learn more about this blue light phenomenon. Well, at least that is why I write about this topic now.

What is Blue Light?



Blue light, also known as high-energy visible (HEV) light, is both natural and man-made, appearing in shades that range from blue/turquoise to blue/violet.

Unlike the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays that we can't see but can certainly feel, HEV is opposite; you can see blue light, but you can't feel its heat.

Where Does Blue Light Come From?



As mentioned earlier, blue light is both natural and man-made. Sources of blue light are the sun, digital screens (smartphones, computers, tablets, laptops, TVs), electronic devices, and fluorescent and LED lighting.

So now you understand, right? Blue light is everywhere. Okay, good. So, what is the big deal?

Actually, some blue light is necessary for good health. Blue light from the sun regulates your natural sleep and wake cycles, also known as circadian rhythm. Blue light also helps boost alertness, heighten reaction times, elevate moods, and increase the feeling of well being.

How Does Too Much Blue Light Exposure Affect Our Health?



According to the Blue Light Exposed website, "...chronic exposure to blue light at night can lower the production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep, and disrupt your circadian rhythm. Harvard researchers have linked working the night shift and exposure to blue light at night to several types of cancer (breast, prostate) diabetes, heart disease, obesity and an increased risk for depression."

I would like to focus on two main issues: eye health and skin health.

Digital Eye Fatigue


With our increasingly digitally-connected lifestyle, and thanks and no thanks to this Covid-19 pandemic, we are now spending an average of 12 hours a day on consuming digital content!


Constantly looking at digital screens exposes our eyes to excessive amounts of blue light, that might have a negative impact on our eye health.


Blue light enters our eyes and can cause free radical damage in the macula. Other symptoms of digital eye fatigue include eye strain, headache, fatigue, blurry vision and red or dry eyes.

Honestly speaking, there is no easy way to reduce exposure to blue light. Adults need to work, attend virtual meetings, kids need to attend online class - you get the drill, right? There's only so much we can do in terms of limiting screen time.

Anti Blue Light Glasses by SaferOptics


Many thanks to local optical lens brand, SaferOptics who took the initiative to develop its proprietary UV 420 Anti-Glare Anti Blue Light Safety lenses using Award-winning, Certified High Impact Resistance, Shatter-Proof material.

Yes, I can't control the amount of blue light exposure, but I sure can minimize its exposure by getting my kids to put on SaferOptic's Anti Blue Light Glasses. You can read my review post here.

Blue Light's Damaging Effect to Our Skin



Did you know that exposure to blue light can have adverse biological effects on skin in as little as one hour? Blue light penetrates deeper than UVA and UVB rays and can induce damage to deeper layers.

It triggers formation of free radicals, increases oxidative stress, damages DNA, weakens collagen and elastin, accelerates signs of aging, leads to hyperpigmentation, and induces inflammation.


Just as blue light can impact your sleep cycle, it can also disrupt the circadian rhythm of skin cells. Your skin's regenerative cycle can get thrown out of whack, potentially causing more skin damage over time, according to a study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science.

How to Limit Blue Light Exposure?



 
In my experience, if we are serious in dealing with the issue of blue light exposure, we really need to make extra effort. We do what we can control.

Try to avoid blue light as much as possible after dark. Turn down the brightness level on computer monitors and other electronic screens. Take a 20-second break every 20 minutes to look at something 20 feet away. Take supplements for eye health such as bilberry, lutein and astaxanthin.

Apart from wearing SaferOptics anti-blue light glasses and practicing the aforementioned steps, let me also share an extra call-to-action step that includes inside and outside solutions.

Inside: Supplements for Eye Health



Excellent supplements for eye health that I take are ageLOC You-Span (or YSpan in short) and Pharmanex G3 Mixed Fruit Drink Blend (Gac, Siberian Pineapple, Cili Fruit, and Wolfberry).


If you're keen to try, let me know or you can purchase from my website.

Outside: Skincare with Blue Light Protection



 
There is an article by Forbes that reports, "Blue light protection skincare works by physically blocking the light and fighting off free radicals formed by blue light before they can wreak havoc on your skin (photoaging, collagen breakdown, sagging, dark spots, etc.)"
 


My go-to skincare products for Day Time blue light protection are Nutricentials Day Dream Protective Cream Creamy Day Moisturizer SPF 35 and Nutricentials Day Dream Protective Lotion Lightweight Day Moisturizer SPF 35.

Day Dream Protective Cream contains Blue Light and Infrared Filtering Blend to protect against accelerated signs of aging whereas Day Dream Protective Lotion contains Blue Light and Infrared Antioxidant Blend to prevent the visibly damaging effects of blue light and infrared.

My go-to skincare product for Night Time blue light protection is Nutricentials Pillow Glow Sleeping Mask. This sleeping mask contains Roundhead Bush Clover that helps improve the look of dull, uneven, stressed, and tired skin caused by blue light exposure.

If you're keen to try, let me know or you can purchase from my website.

Nutricentials Blue Light Protection Science Demo Video



Additional Resources


Introducing SaferOptics Anti Blue Light Glasses for My Kids


2020 & 2021 in a nutshell


How should I define my 2020 and 2021? I could do so in three simple sentences:


🏘️ One year #StayAtHome

👨‍🏫 Kids' #PdPR online, e-learning classes

👨‍💻 Parents work from home #WFH


📣 Read on to the end of this blogpost to get a special discount! 📣


What's the big deal about blue light?



Everyone - adults and kids alike - is exposed to an insane amount of blue light this pandemic. What's the big deal you ask?


Blue light or High Energy Visible Light (HEV) is emitted at significant amounts from screens. Blue light is known to cause lasting effect to our eyes, skin, and DNA in the long run. Just like UV rays, too much blue light radiation exposure can damage light-sensitive cells in the retina. Blue light from digital devices decreases contrast, leading to eye strain, fatigue, dry eyes, blurry vision and headache, especially in kids.


WebMD says, "Your child's eyes don't filter blue light as well as yours do. Too much of it from device screens may raise their chances of developing obesity, nearsightedness, and attention focusing issues. At night, it may cause their body to release melatonin even more slowly than it does yours." Read the article here.


On a side note, I'm not a tiger mom when it comes to screen time because it's unavoidable and what can be done is controlled amount of exposure. So I turned to my friend, fellow mommypreneur, Shu Fong because she's the founder of SaferOptics.



Let's find out who SaferOptics is. 


Shu Fong's family owns an optical lens manufacturing laboratory in Malaysia for more than 30 years. They produce high quality and comfortable blue light blocking lenses, which are popular due to the many benefits of anti-blue light coating.


Being a mom of two herself, Shu is looking for an eyewear brand that parents can trust, safe, and one that kids will love to wear. Coming from an optical industry background with years of research and quality assessment, Shu founded SaferOptics.


SaferOptics developed its proprietary UV 420 Anti-Glare Anti Blue Light Safety lenses using Award-winning, Certified High Impact Resistance, Shatter-Proof material. This means they don't use imported mass produced low-grade materials.


I'm so glad I have always trusted Safer Optics products. As a mom, I only want the best for my kids.


What are SaferOptics anti blue light glasses?


💙 Non-prescription (non-powered) and safe for kids (you can contact Shu if your kid needs powered lenses).


💙 The frames are very flexible and made from durable silicone material, available in bright and fun colors.


💙 Helps protects kids' eyes from digital eye strain caused by prolonged use of electronic devices.


Check out these adorable SaferOptic Anti Blue Light Glasses I gotten for my two kids.












In case you're wondering how to choose the glasses, it's pretty simple. Just mouse over the Kids Eyewear tab and you will see a few columns: By Shape, By Size, New Collection.



Want to get 10% OFF your first order? Just click this link: https://bit.ly/3vJLakb and enter this discount code: JOYCESCAPADE


Before you leave, let's watch this unboxing video.




My Favorite AGT16 Performer: Léa Kyle - Quick-Change Artist

Have you seen 25-year old French-born quick-change artist Lea Kyle in action in America's Got Talent (AGT) Season 16? You should! Here are her videos throughout her journey in AGT Season 16.


Her stunning quick-change performance during the audition round won her the Golden Buzzer by Heidi Klum that sent her straight to the live shows.


Lea's Audition




Léa's Quarterfinals Performance




Léa's Semifinals Performance




Léa's Finals Performance



Even though she wasn't crowned the winner of AGT16, I believe she has already won millions of hearts from all over the world! Congratulations! May her dream to perform in Las Vegas come true!


Our Immune System is Key to Fight Off Infections


Below is a very good educational video about how our body and immune system actually make it difficult for viruses to infect us.


The only way we can be infected is when our immune system is overwhelmed by a massive number of viruses if we expose ourselves to high risk public places and weakened immune system due to many factors.

If you can understand Chinese, please watch.

Even if you can't, read the English subtitles.


世界卫生局专家讲解我们的人体如何杀死入侵的病毒

#人体免疫力是对抗病毒的关键
#ImmuneSystemIsKeyToFightOffInfections



FACEBOOK LIVE SESSION ON IMMUNITY, PREVENTION & ANTIOXIDANTS EXPERIMENT

My friends Eva Liew, a dietician and Philip Lee who's also a dietician as well as personal trainer hosted a Facebook Live Session to discuss about immunity and prevention and how we can do our part to battle this Covid-19 situation, including live experiments on how antioxidants work!