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Is Blue Light Aging Your Skin?

Move over UVA, there’s a new threat in town and it’s coming at you from your electronic devices!

New research now indicates that HEV (high energy light, also known as “blue light”) may actually be as damaging to your skin as the sun – and it’s all around us. It’s hard to escape cause it’s coming from our laptops, tablets, cell phones, TVs and even our LED lighting.

Not quite ready to unplug? You can still fight back!

Although most of us are well aware of the damage to skin caused by UVA and UVB, we may not be aware of the damage blue light can do.  Although certainly controversial, more and more evidence suggests that blue light, which is light emitted from our tablets, cell phones, computer screens, etc., may also be prematurely aging our skin.

Blue light, also known as high energy visible light, is a high-frequency wavelength emitted by TV screens, smartphones, tablets and computers. Although highly controversial, studies suggest that a veritable smorgasbord of unpleasantness such as sleep disruption, damage to your eyesight, premature aging and increased risk of hyperpigmentation are some of the suspected effects caused by chronic exposure.

Emerging studies documenting this phenomenon presented evidence that chronic exposure (which most of us encounter daily) caused a significantly higher frequency of hyperpigmentation in even darker skin types, with visibly affected areas lasting up to three months after initial exposure. In addition, one study also noted a significant increase of keratinocyte necrosis, or thickened layer of dead cells on the surface of the epidermis, giving a dull, dry lackluster appearance to the skin. Finally, it is believed that blue light exposure may weaken the skin’s barrier function, making it more susceptible to free radical damage and thus, premature aging.

Shields Up!

The bad news is in - your phone, tablet and laptop can damage your skin. The good news? You can fight back.

What to do? Protect, protect, protect.

Remember that old Ben Franklin axiom “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” It’s so much easier to prevent damage from exposure than it is to correct it once the damage has occurred. Exactly as you would protect your skin against other forms of radiation exposure (we’re talking UVA and UVB here) a mineral based, full spectrum sun protectant is your best friend. Sanitas Solar Block is the perfect finishing step to your morning skincare routine and provides a full spectrum dose of non-toxic protection in a base of antioxidants. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: wear your sun block every day.

Fight back with topical antioxidants

Need a quick refresh on free radicals? These disruptive, free-wheeling agents of decay are caused by mutation in cellular atoms which in turn, cause subsequent mutation that leads to the brand new free radical attacking healthy cells. Think of them as the cellular zombie apocalypse. One free radical can cause a cascade of damage that can lead to everything from prematurely aged skin to even cancer.

But you can fight those cellular zombies. A high dose of lipophilic vitamin C (Sanitas Vita C Serum contains 30% vitamin C) does a standout job of combatting free radical damage by helping filter out harmful light rays and strengthening the skin from the inside out. The benefits of vitamin C can be significantly bolstered by adding vitamins A, E, K, and D (Sanitas VitaRich Serum has a 100% active, antioxidant blend) to the mix.

Diet Can Help!

Believe it or not, the health of your skin is heavily influenced by what you eat. The best prevention strategy against the harmful effects of free radicals is a well-regulated lifestyle. Eating a diet rich in vitamin C, carotenoids (plant pigments) and omega fatty acids all play an important role in nutritional skincare. So load up on foods like salmon and avocados (healthy fats), strawberries and broccoli (high in vitamin C) and carrots and yellow peppers (loaded with carotenoids) to help fight those free radicals from the inside out. Of course, sometimes it’s hard to get all of those fruits and veggies in every day, so supplementing with antioxidants and EFAs can help.

This Thing? It's Called a Book.

We get it – you can’t unplug from the day-to-day necessity of being online, but you can take an active, mindful approach to managing your blue light exposure. Use earbuds instead of holding the phone up to your face.

Your bedroom isn’t a charging station – it’s for rest and reprieve. Try disconnecting from all devices 30 to 60 minutes prior to turning in and swap your PM Netflix lineup with a good, old-fashioned book. Reading helps slow the mind at the end of the day leading to a better night’s sleep and by default, healthier skin.

You could go big and ditch your devices altogether but for most of us that’s just not realistic or feasible. Instead, try to limit your exposure as much as possible. Do you really need to check your Insta feed or email all day long? Of course not.

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SB120

Solar Block Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 20

a mineral based sunscreen | protect
$35.00 or subscribe and save 5%
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VitaRich Serum

a daily serum | normal
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VCLC150

Vitamin C Lactic Cleanser

a progressive cleanser | brighten
$32.00 or subscribe and save 5%
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Alexis Mayne

Love what's in our bottles? Alexis is a big part of the team that makes it happen. For more than 10 years, she's been instrumental in formulating and producing the Sanitas Skincare you love. Her areas of expertise include the science of skin, finding active ingredients that get results and connecting with the purest and most responsible ingredient suppliers. She also works closely with our Boulder-based manufacturing team to make sure our products are effective, safe and consistent each and every time.

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Sanitas Rewards Program

Membership

Sanitas Rewards (the “Program”) is a loyalty program offered by Sanitas Skincare (“Company”) to customers of sanitas-skincare.com. Company will offer specific perks and privileges to members as described at sanitas-skincare.com/rewards. These terms and conditions (hereinafter “Terms and Conditions”) form the agreement (the “Agreement”) between an enrolled customer (“Member”) and Company with respect to the Program.

Members’ Acceptance of Terms

By participating in the Program, Member agrees to the terms and conditions, rules, regulations, policies and procedures of the Program, including the provisions below dealing with mandatory arbitration of all disputes on an individual (i.e., non-class action) basis. Each Member bears the responsibility of remaining knowledgeable about the Program Terms and Conditions, and the Company reserves the right to disqualify Members who violate any of the Program’s Terms and Conditions.

Company’s Right to Change/Cancel Program

Company reserves the right, at its sole and absolute discretion, to limit, modify or terminate the Program, modify its Terms and Conditions, its structure or any other feature of the Program. This may be done at any time and in any manner without notice. Members’ continued participation in the Program confirms the acceptance of such changes.

Membership Eligibility

The Program is open only to individuals who are U.S. residents, and membership is limited to one account per individual. Membership will not be offered to corporations, businesses, charities, partnerships or enterprises unless, at its sole discretion, written approval is received in advance from Company.

Membership Enrollment

An individual can become a Rewards member by creating an account at sanitas-skincare.com/sanitas-rewards. Member must provide accurate and complete information when creating an account and Company reserves the right to refuse membership to customers who do not follow proper enrollment procedures. Members should promptly update their personal account information should there be changes to their contact information. Changes can be made to their Member account at sanitas-skincare.com/sanitas-rewards.

Program Communications

Company will use mail, email, SMS and other channels to communicate with Members about program updates, special Member promotions or offers, etc. Company will also use these channels to communicate tier status, notify Member of eligibility for a benefit, or inform Member of rewards points balance. Members should note that even if they are opted out of marketing or promotional communications, Company may continue to send non-marketing or non-promotional emails such as those relating to Member’s account or ongoing business relations.

Data Privacy

Read Company’s privacy policy.

Returns

Merchandise returns must be made in accordance with Company’s return policy, available here. Upon return of an item, the earned point value of said item will be deducted from the Member’s account. In addition, if the points earned through said purchase were used to increase Member’s tier status, that status may be rescinded, depending on the product value.

Eligible Purchases

Purchases of merchandise and/or services made at sanitas-skincare.com count toward Member’s program tier status (after promotional offers but before taxes and shipping charges have been applied). Purchases made with store credit or gift cards will not count toward increasing tier status. The purchase of a Sanitas gift card, however, will result in points that will be considered earnings that can increase tier status. Additional items may be excluded from earnings that contribute to tier status at the sole discretion of Company.

Tier Status

Program tier status is based solely on a customer’s total dollar spend on sanitas-skincare.com. The criteria for each tier are as follows:

  • Tier 1: Members receive Tier 1 status upon creating a Sanitas Rewards account at sanitas-skincare.com/rewards. However, Members will not be eligible for specific benefits until an initial purchase is made. Accounts will retain Tier 1 status until Tier 2 status is reached. Points reset to zero every year on the anniversary date of Program participation.
  • Tier 2: When Members’ account accumulates $200 of total spend on sanitas-skincare.com, a Tier 2 status will be assigned until the anniversary date (the date the Program was joined)  when points reset to zero. Each new year begins on the anniversary date and requires Members to spend $200 – $500 on sanitas-skincare.com to retain Tier 2 status. Membership status reverts to Tier 1 for those Members who do not. In order for Members to regain Tier 2 status, purchases of $200 – $500 must be made.
  • Tier 3: Member accounts that accumulate $500 of total spend on sanitas-skincare.com will receive Tier 3 status until their anniversary date (the date they joined Sanitas Rewards) when their points reset to zero. Each new year begins on the anniversary date and requires Members to spend at least $500 on sanitas-skincare.com to retain Tier 3 status. If not, membership status will revert to Tier 2. Membership status for Members who do not spend at least $200 will revert to Tier 1.

For more information on Program tiers, see https://www.sanitas-skincare.com/sanitas-rewards

Valid Email Address

A valid and current email address is required for Members to be eligible for Program benefits, offers and updates. Members must notify Company of any change to email address by updating their Sanitas Rewards account at sanitas-skincare.com/sanitas-rewards.

Right to Revoke

At its sole and absolute discretion, Company reserves the right to revoke the membership of any Member and/or revoke any or all benefits the Member may be entitled to if a Member abuses any of the Program privileges, fraudulently uses the Program, fails to comply with these Terms and Conditions or otherwise earns benefits through deception, forgery and/or fraud.

No Transfer; No Cash Value

Program benefits may not be transferred, purchased, sold, auctioned or traded, including for reasons of death or as part of a domestic relations matter. Doing so will void Member’s account. Benefits have no cash value.  There are no participation or membership fees associated with the Sanitas Rewards loyalty program. Points accrued in connection with Sanitas Rewards loyalty program are promotional, have no cash value and cannot be redeemed for cash.

Employee Eligibility

Current employees of Company are ineligible to participate in the Program.

Program Benefits and Details

Requirements and limitations to any Program benefit will be communicated at the time benefit is offered. In addition, the following shall apply:

  • Product Giveaway
    • Distribution of annual birthday gift requires at least one purchase at sanitas-skincare.com of product shipping to the United States and its territories (shipping fees may apply). Member must be signed in to Member’s Sanitas Rewards account at the time of purchase. Terms of offer are subject to change.
  • Early Access
    • Early access to Sanitas offers and products is available only to Members who have achieved Sanitas Rewards Tier 2 or 3 status. Members must be logged in to their Rewards account in order to make a purchase. Terms of offer are subject to change.

Taxes

Member is responsible and liable for any applicable federal, state or local income, sales, use or other taxes that may be due as a result of Member’s participation in the Program.

No Warranty

Company and each of its respective subsidiaries, divisions and affiliate entities, along with Company’s respective officers, directors, employees and agents make no warranty, express or implied, including but not limited to, any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose with respect to the Program or any products or services related to such Program.

Other Legal Matters; Governing Law

These Terms of Use complement and incorporate by reference the Sanitas General Terms & Conditions. In the event of any conflict between the Sanitas General Terms & Conditions and these Sanitas Rewards Program Terms and Conditions, the Sanitas General Terms & Conditions control.

These Terms and Conditions, the relationship between the Member and the Company, and Company’s Sanitas Rewards loyalty program, shall be governed in accordance with the laws of the State of Colorado, without giving effect to any conflict of law principles.

MANDATORY ARBITRATION OF ALL DISPUTES. NO CLASS ACTIONS.

ANY DISPUTE RELATING IN ANY WAY TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OR COMPANY’S SANITAS REWARDS LOYALTY PROGRAM, INCLUDING CLAIMS BASED ON STATE OR FEDERAL STATUTES, SHALL BE SUBMITTED TO CONFIDENTIAL ARBITRATION BEFORE A SINGLE ARBITRATOR IN COLORADO. SUCH PROCEEDINGS SHALL BE CONDUCTED UNDER THE PREVAILING RULES OF THE AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION. THE ARBITRATOR’S AWARD SHALL BE BINDING AND FINAL AND MAY BE ENTERED AS A JUDGMENT IN ANY COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION. UNDER THIS AGREEMENT, COMPANY AND MEMBER UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT THEY ARE GIVING UP THEIR RIGHT TO A COURT OR JURY TRIAL. COMPANY AND MEMBER FURTHER AGREE THAT ANY DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCEEDINGS WILL BE CONDUCTED ONLY ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS AND NOT IN A CLASS, CONSOLIDATED OR REPRESENTATIVE ACTION. THIS PROVISION SHALL NOT APPLY IF MEMBER HAS IN ANY MANNER VIOLATED OR THREATENED TO VIOLATE ANY COMPANY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS, IN WHICH CASE COMPANY MAY SEEK INJUNCTIVE OR OTHER APPROPRIATE RELIEF IN ANY STATE OR FEDERAL COURT IN THE STATE OF COLORADO. MEMBER CONSENTS TO EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION AND VENUE IN THESE COURTS.

Release of Liability and Limitation on Damages

Member releases Company and its respective subsidiaries, divisions and affiliate entities, along with Company’s respective officers, directors, employees and agents from and against any and all liability relating to Member’s participation in the Program or these Terms and Conditions. To the fullest extent permissible under applicable law, Company is not responsible or liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential or any other damages under any contract, negligence, strict liability or other theory arising out of or relating in any way, directly or indirectly, to Member’s participation in the Program. This applies even if foreseeable or even if Company has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

Intellectual Property

All Program design, text, graphics, logos, images, titles, phrases and product names and the copyrights, trademarks, service marks, trade dress and/or other intellectual property in such materials are owned by Company and may be registered in the United States and internationally.

*Discount will be auto added to cart with a minimum spend of $125. Offer cannot be applied to previous purchases, auto-replenishment orders, or combined with certain other discounts or offers. Offer expires 11:59 pm MST, October 31, 2021.