Do we really know the impact of screen-emitted light on the skin?
According to a recent study, the time spent on smartphones by millenials is estimated at 1 day per week; 3.2 hours a day = 22 hours a week = 49 days a year (1).
Another report records that US consumers own 4 digital devices on average and spend 60 hours a week consuming content through digital media(2). This is said leaving aside the time spent in front of screens for professional activities.
Without a doubt, in the era of digital social life, screens will continue their expansion.
These screens emit artificial visible light (AVL) constantly. Daily use of electronic devices (cell phones, computers and tablets) thus leads to increasing exposure to LED sources emitting in visible light wavelengths. Even if the amount of energy emitted by these electronic devices is weak, users are very close to the light source and spend a lot of time in front of these screens.
While the effects of screen exposure on eyes or on sleep quality start to be well documented, the impact on the skin is far less understood.
Curious to discover the potential consequences of such an environment on skin health, Gattefossé initiated a two-year investigation with CYTOO to determine the direct effects of screen exposure on the skin.
For the first time, this screen-emitted AVL has been precisely characterized and unique equipment accurately recreating the characteristic light emitted by screens has been developed.
Mitochondria, also called the powerhouse of cells, produce energy (ATP) essential to proper biological function of cells.
CYTOO and Gattefossé discovered that exposure to screens significantly weakens mitochondrial function and dynamics, combined to a diminished capacity to produce ATP.
The energetic machinery of skin cells is thus altered; their mobility and communication properties are impaired, resulting in increased cellular fatigue.
Screen-emitted AVL really acts as an additional environmental stress for our skin, induced by our modern lifestyle. As a result, the complexion appears faded and lacks vitality. The skin is tired.
Gattefossé will launch at in cosmetics Amsterdam 2018 an active ingredient that specifically protects skin cells from screen-emitted light and boosts cellular energy and dynamism.
Discover how this new ingredient fights digital pollution:
Sources: (1) http://www.tns-sofres.com/publications/les-millennials-passent-un-jour-par-semaine-sur-leur-smartphone (2) http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/reports/2014/the-us-digital-consumer-report.html