Now that we’re spending more time indoors than ever – hello, airborne pandemic – you might think that you can skip out on some sunscreen. Wrong. First, UV rays can very well seep through your windows and into your favourite sunlit spot at home. Secondly, there’s another ray of light that can be equally as damaging to our skin. It’s High Energy Visible (HEV) light, or more commonly known as blue light, emitting from the screens of our smart devices.
You’ve probably already seen optical glasses out there marketed with blue light filters to help ease the headache that you so often get from staring at your screens for too long. Perhaps it’s time you put some thought into investing in skincare and makeup products that also help with the cause.
Why, we hear you ask? Small studies have shown that HEV rays may be causing premature skin aging as well as discolouration in the skin. It’s also worth noting that HEV rays can be found in sunlight, which contributes to hyperpigmentation on the skin. But because we don’t spend as much time under the sun (and when we do, we’re adequately protected) we aren’t affected as much by the HEV in sun rays. Indoors, however, is a whole different matter.
Now, have we gotten your attention? It’s not too late to start correcting the problem with this arsenal of skincare and makeup products we’ve rounded up for you. Begin your shopping spree below.
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Not all sunscreens contain HEV protection, so ensure that you read the fine print. Dermalogica recently unveiled a sunscreen that all skin tones and skin types will love — simply because it’s just so lightweight and doesn’t leave a white cast on skin. The Invisible Physical Defense SPF30 is an all-physical sunscreen that easily blends onto all skin tones and helps protect skin against UVA/UVB and blue light. We’ll need that especially since we’re practically glued to our smart devices and laptops. This physical sunscreen is also formulated with a bioactive mushroom complex that helps soothe skin while reducing UV-induced redness and dryness. It’s also certified cruelty-free, gluten-free, and vegan.
One of America’s favourite drugstore brand is here to save the day – your skin – from the screen. Introducing the brand’s latest drop, the Milani Screen Queen Luminous Foundation, a buildable light-to-medium coverage foundation that’s formulated with Digital Bluelight Filter Technology. This is a first-of-its-kind formula that helps fight the signs of digital damage on the skin, including discolouration, dullness, and hyperpigmentation. Not only will your skin look flawless, but it will also be well protected from your many Zoom calls and Instagram Live sessions. The foundation is cruelty-free, vegan-free, talc-free, and has no parabens. It’s also available in 10 shades.
If you prefer mineral sunscreen over a chemical sunscreen, then you’ll need to invest in Murad’s City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum. It will protect you from five different damaging causes: UVA, UVB, HEV, infrared radiation, and pollution. It even comes with a colour-correcting tint (so you don’t even need foundation if you want to do without it), Vitamin C, and an advanced polymer matrix to protect skin against environmental pollutants.
After years since the debut of its iconic cushion foundation, Laneige is finally releasing something new: the NEO cushion, shaped completely different from its sister products. The smooth and borderless square cushion foundation comes in two variants: pink and mint, both of which come with different coverage properties. The Mint NEO cushion has a matte finish and is 24-hour sweat-resistant, while the Pink NEO cushion has liquid diamond and silver glitters to give skin that ethereal glow while keeping it hydrated all day. Both cushion variants come with blue light protection to help keep damages at bay when you’re on your smart devices.
This interesting product might scare you with its dark colour, but rest assured it disappears once you apply it onto your skin. However, its black tint is actually the source of its potency — enriched with marine algae, the ingredient helps fight free radicals while protecting skin against the damages of HEV light. The gel-cream formula sinks into your skin, giving it a matte look while reducing the appearance of pores and wrinkles.
This full-coverage foundation from Givenchy is perfect for dry to combination skin types, offering a radiant finish while protecting you against city pollutants, blue light, and UV rays. It’s enriched with shea extract to protect skin and prevent ageing, liquorice extract for a soothing texture, and hyaluronic acid to keep skin hydrated and plumped throughout the day.
Get a little help from your skincare products on blocking out blue light with this serum from 111Skin. It works by shielding skin against damaging particles and HEV light from the screens of your smart devices and is also formulated with peptides and the brand’s NAC Y² acids to strengthen the defence of your skin. To use, simply mix a few drops into your moisturiser or apply directly onto skin with a patting motion.
Here’s another skincare product that serves double duty: the Chantecaille Blue Light Protection Hyaluronic Serum works by providing adequate hydration to skin while also guarding skin against the damages of blue light. It’s formulated with, naturally, hyaluronic acid and a bunch of botanical extracts to give skin a plumped appearance and radiant glow.
Working in tandem with your blue light filter glasses is This Works’ Morning Expert Open Eyes Eye Cream to give you the appearance of wide-awake eyes (especially helpful if you’ve been on a Netflix binge the night before). It’s formulated with natural giant kelp extracts to tighten the skin around the eye area and Persian silk tree extracts to reduce the appearance of dark circles. But the main ingredient we’re interested in is the cocoa seed peptides that help limit the harsh effects of blue light.
This cooling mousse primer feels exactly like a cloud on your skin — it’s lightweight and provides a good base before applying your foundation. But beyond that, it also protects against pollutants and blue light. Good for all skin types, the recommended way to wear this is to smooth it out over your skin before it dries down.