By Amanda Basher
Is lockdown seeing you spend more time in front of a screen? If so, protection against blue light damage may be something to consider for your next skincare purchase.
As we all know, protection from UVA and UVB damage via an SPF is fundamental for skin health. But what about blue light? Blue light emitted from the sun and our digital devices is also bad for our skin.
Blue light (also referred to as High Energy Visible or HEV light) poses potential skin harm via free radical generation. This free radical generation can lead to changes in your skin cells – including cell shrinkage and death – which speed up the aging process. Even exposure as short as 60 minutes can trigger these changes.
In addition, blue light has the ability to penetrate deeper into the skin compared with both UVA and UVB light. In fact, blue light can penetrate all the way to our dermis, where our collagen and elastin live, potentially resulting in a loss of firmness and an increase in visible lines.
So, what skincare products are available to help protect? At The Beauty Book we have rounded up some our favourites.
Trilogy Multi-Shield Moisturiser SPF15
Trilogy’s SPF moisturisers all come with the breakthrough Blue Light defence super-ingredient PEPHA®-AGE, designed to deliver everyday hydration, with the added benefit of shielding all skin types from light aggressors inside and out. Naturally derived from freshwater algae, it is rich in Vitamin B3, zinc and amino acids which work at both the epidermal and dermal layer of the skin to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin to improve the skin’s overall appearance.
endota Spa Blue Light Defence HydroMist 120ml
This weightless, facial mist acts as a barrier against harmful blue light radiation and environmental stress by resisting and deflecting blue light pollution, while also protecting against photo-oxidation and hyperpigmentation caused by screens and digital devices. Its potent active formula drenches skin with 72-hour continuous hydration. Spritz throughout the day to maintain protection.
Murad City Skin Broad Spectrum SPF 50 | PA++++ 50ml
This 100% mineral, indoor/outdoor SPF shields against digital blue light damage, UVA, UVB and pollution. It’s also suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin, and has a soft peach tint which helps to colour correct to immediately boost radiance and even tone on all skin tones.
Ultra Violette Queen Screen Luminising Sun Serum SPF 50+ 50ml
A lightweight, invisible broad spectrum SPF50+ serum with a luminising finish, this beauty best suits normal to dry skin, including sensitive. A dream to use by itself or on top of your normal skincare routine, it also sits comfortably under your makeup as a base. Dragosine Plus is its hero ingredient, shielding your skin from UVA, UVB, and blue light from screens.