The best blue light defence products to protect your skin from screens: Serums, moisturisers, sunscreens and more
Technology has improved our lives vastly, but our reliance on 'em often brings to mind the question: are we enslaved to our screens? Explored in just about every other sci-fi movie and TV show (see Terminator, Ex Machina, and Black Mirror), they offer valuable insights into the ethical and social challenges surrounding new and emerging tech. They do, however miss the mark when it comes to certain present-day dangers inflicted upon us by technology. Say hello to blue light damage.
A term familiar with many a skincare savant, blue light (or HEV light) is a high-energy, short-wavelength light emitted from our phones and computer screens. Overexposure can lead to eyestrain and photo-ageing aka the premature ageing of skin as evidenced by wrinkles, skin-sagging, and hyperpigmentation. Eep.
That's not to say you should, uh, ditch your devices entirely. Instead, wise up and invest in the best of blue light defence products in the market. From serums to sunscreens, we craft up a blue light fightin' skincare routine for you, below.
Step 1: Slather on a blue light defence serum after cleansing.
The golden rule to any skincare routine? Always opt for the thinner, lightweight solutions post-cleanse. This a) makes logical sense and b) delivers active ingredients into skin most efficiently. In most cases, it's likely to be a serum. We like the Chantecaille Blue Light Protection Hyaluronic Serum. This bad boy features a potent blend of botanicals that shields skin from blue light pollution while enhancing hyaluronic acid production. Translation: a formulation to keep the sagging, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation at bay while you earn a plumped, well-moisturised complexion in the long-run.
Step 2: Pamper skin further with an anti-pollution mask.
Protect your skin while you Netflix and chill with a mask that combats the harmful effects of blue light and environmental aggressors. The Allies of Skin 1A All-Day Pollution Repair Mask is up to the task; it stimulates collagen production, repair damaged skin, and defend against all signs of premature ageing caused by nasty UV rays and HEV light.
Step 3: Lock it down with a moisturiser.
Next, seal all the good the serum and mask has done for your skin with a moisturiser. Or, more specifically, the Paula's Choice Defense Essential Glow Moisturiser SPF30. This one contains a winning amalgamation of liquorice, argan and vitamin C to protect skin from the harmful effects of blue light exposure. Airborne pollutants and UV rays aren't spared either, thus ensuring a healthy, radiant complexion.
Step 4: Top it all off with an eye treatment.
Let's not forget the delicate eye area, folks. Prevent dark eye circles, puffy eye bags, and crow's feet with the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex Synchronized Recovery. Now equipped with 10 times the Concentrated Repair Technology (aka the brand's patented formulation) it foils signs of skin-ageing by sheltering skin from free radical damage for up to a solid eight hours.
Step 5: Before you step out? SPF, of course.
Get you a sunscreen that can wrangle both UVA/UVB rays and blue light emissions into submission. A cult-favourite within the community? The Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF40. This antioxidant-rich, oil-free sunscreen is all the fortification your skin need thanks to its efficacious formulation consisting red algae and meadowfoam seed. Its velvety-matte texture is said to grip and hold makeup in place for hours.
Step 6: Take it a step further by adding a primer to the mix.
If you've got a bad case of nomophobia, take it a step further by opting for blue light defence makeup as well. Start with a base — the Cover FX Water Cloud Primer + Pollution & Blue Light Defense is a popular option. Users claim that it visibly smooths fine lines, minimises the appearance of pores, and provides an all-over, soft-focus effect to skin. Plankton extract here serves as the cherry on top by safeguarding skin from nasty blue emissions and urban pollutants.
Step 7: Layer it over with foundation.
Because who says you can't create the illusion of a smooth, flawless complexion whilst working for one? Give the Revlon PhotoReady Candid Natural Finish Anti-Pollution Foundation a shot. Available in 31 shades, Revlon's foundation offering comprises anti-pollution, antioxidant, and anti-blue light ingredients. It is also equipped with a buildable texture for a medium-to-full coverage that ensures all visible "imperfections" are concealed.