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How exposure to HEV light from your mobile phones and laptops can play host to a whole new world of skin problems

How exposure to HEV light from your mobile phones and laptops can play host to a whole new world of skin problems

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Text: Sinead Lee

Editor: Jolene Khor


In the name of shaping good skin to be a girl's best friend (we'd still take diamonds if the opportunity presents itself, just saying), we're sharing the deets on how technology is unsettlingly connected to the conditions of your skin. You should already be aware that applying sunscreen is the gold standard for shielding your skin from fine lines and uneven pigmentation-causing UV rays. But with our round-the-clock cyber-stalking, Nextflix binge-watching, or beauty article-writing to cater to skincare savants (hehe), could our exposure to HEV, High Energy Visible Light, be similar to exposure from natural sunlight?

All legit questions, friends.

HEV light 101: an overexposure to blue light emitted from our phones and computers (something our ancestors surely didn't have to contend with) can, possibly, take a significant toll on your skin. Even more unnerving is that traditional sunscreen doesn't cover all the bases of HEV. As Dr. Howard Murad (the brainchild behind skincare brand, Murad) explains, "Blue light penetrates the skin more deeply than UVA and UVB, which makes your skin more susceptible to the dangers of environmental aggressors." Dr. Murad is what we can a necessary Debbie Downer. The risks of HEV are aplenty — accelerated signs of ageing, deepening of the wrinkles, skin barrier impairment and even hyperpigmentation in severe cases

To wit, brands are acknowledging HEV concerns by putting a magic touch on their skincare products, seeking to minimise the ray damage emanating from your devices. Sure, it's dubious that a couple of work emails are going to wreak havoc on your complexion, but it wouldn't hurt to detach yourself from your 2am Instagram habits. You can thank us in a few years.

Wishful thinking, we know.

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IDS Skincare DermaShield Serum and Mask
This serum and mask (sold seperately) promise to be arsenals against the harmful effects of HEV, Infra-red and blue light, as well as environmental damage. Marigold extract acts as a natural blue-light filter to help absorb and filtrate the blue light in both natural and artificial settings. 

Available at Metro Paragon, Robinsons The Heeren, IDS Clinic and online

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Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30
This lightweight sunscreen is loaded with potent antioxidants such as grape juice extract and sunflower shoot extract to help defend your skin from free radicals and environmental aggressors. Infused with raspberry seed and marula oils, the formula is designed to deliver moisture and minimise the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

Available at Sephora and online.

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Lancer Sheer Fluid Sunshield
Delivering a complex of anti-ageing ingredients that help skin appear younger, this weightless fluid sunscreen not only protects skin from harsh UV rays but also leaves a smooth, even finish with no greasy or heavy after-feel.

Available at Escentials Paragon, Tangs Plaza and online.

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