COVID Lifestyle Changes Linked to Facial Aging


As if the pandemic has not created enough stress and anxiety in our lives, there is yet another issue to concern us. It’s called HEV or (High Energy Visible light.) This is the blue light generated by cell phones, computers, tablets and TV’s. In modern life, this light is all but inescapable, and it can have damaging effects on your skin.

By some estimates, these days we are spending 50% of our lives staring into a screen. This has only grown during the COVID-19 pandemic, when many of us are doing video conference calls for work, watching more TV, and communicating with friends and family via video apps like Facetime.

How Blue Light Harms Your Skin

The blue light generated by these devices disrupts the natural circadian rhythm of the skin, altering our DNA and causing oxidative skin damage1. A 2018 study in the Journal of Biomedical Physics and Engineering2 found that many dermatologists today believe the detrimental effects of the light produced by smartphones and other devices can lead to skin damage, increasing the appearance of wrinkles and accelerating ageing.

These effects are not always noticeable right away; like sun exposure, the damage is cumulative. According to a study in International Journal of Cosmetic Science3, with repeated exposure to blue light, your skin’s natural circadian cycle gets thrown out of whack, leading to more skin damage over time.

Another study, published in Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity4 in 2015, suggests that exposure to blue light can stimulate the production of free radicals in the skin, which can accelerate the appearance of aging.

Keep Your Skin Protected

The use of communication devices – and the accompanying blue light – will likely only increase in the years to come. Though we can’t avoid blue light completely, we can help our skin protect itself from the harmful effects of blue light, as well as UVA sunlight, by addressing the issue of free radicals. This is accomplished by taking a little-known antioxidant called Polypodium Leucotomos or PLE, which has been studied for over 25 years.

A study published by the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology5 found that PLE may be helpful as a secondary line of defense to protect against the effects of light when used with traditional methods of sun protection.

One particular proprietary form of PLE, found only in Heliocare®, has been studied extensively by leading American and international dermatologists for its ability to resist free radicals, leading to positive effects on the skin.*

Heliocare has been on the market for a number of years now. It has been used safely – and successfully – by tens of thousands of users. Heliocare has even been voted Best Beauty Buy award winner by the prestigious beauty magazine InStyle for two years in a row. A recent survey of dermatologists even found 87% recommended Heliocare to their patients.6

Learn more about Heliocare and PLE at, or see the effects for yourself by picking up Heliocare today at Walgreens or Amazon.


1, 4 Staffan Vandersee, Marc Beyer, Juergen Lademann, Maxim E. Darvin, “Blue-Violet Light Irradiation Dose Dependently       Decreases Carotenoids in Human Skin, Which Indicates the Generation of Free Radicals”, Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, vol. 2015, Article ID 579675, 7 pages, 2015.

2 Arjmandi, N., Mortazavi, G., Zarei, S., Faraz, M., & Mortazavi, S. (2018). Can Light Emitted from Smartphone Screens and Taking Selfies Cause Premature Aging and Wrinkles?. Journal of Biomedical Physics and Engineering8(4), 447–452.

3 Dong, K., Goyarts, E.C., Pelle, E., Trivero, J. and Pernodet, N. (2019), Blue Light Disrupts the Circadian Rhythm and Create Damage in Skin Cells. International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 41: 558-562.

5 Winkelmann, Richard R. Del Rosso, James, Rigel, Darrell S., 2015 Polypodium Leucotomos Extract: A Status Report on Clinical Efficacy and Safety, Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, vol. 14, issue 3: 254-259.

6 950 United States Dermatologists were surveyed, Survey conducted between Nov. 2019 and Feb 2020

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Last modified: March 18, 2022

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