Have you heard of Netflix face? Add this to a growing list of concerns around skin that crop up when you’re addicted to devices. Half a year spent in quarantine meant time spent online – whether it was doomscrolling Twitter or bingeing on every single Netflix series known to humankind – spiked across worldwide. However, there’s one thing you need to watch out for when it comes to keeping your skin happy and healthy: your devices.
If you haven’t heard of “smartphone wrinkles”, “screen face”, or “tech neck” by now, then listen up. Scientific research has not only proven that blue light emitted from our phones, laptops, and iPads can penetrate deeper into the skin than UVA and UVB rays, but also that it accelerates skin aging and causes oxidative stress to cells. Read: dehydration, damage, wrinkles, pigmentation, and lackluster complexions. Fast.
Evidence suggests that blue light can be just as harmful to our skin as UV light.
So, if you’re stuck indoors and under the impression that you don’t need to protect your skin, you need to know that the impact of staring at a screen all day long is doing a lot more damage than you realize. It’s little wonder that blue light – known in science-speak as HEV (high-energy visible light) – is fast becoming a dermatologist’s worst nightmare.
“Evidence suggests that blue light can be just as harmful to our skin as UV light, and exposure can cause hypermutation and premature aging,” explains leading aesthetic doctor Dr. Sophie Shotter. “I would recommend using a powerful antioxidant to help minimize oxidative stress and free-radical formulation. I would also recommend using a daily SPF of at least 30 to protect the skin from excessive exposure.” So, it’s not all doom and gloom because armed with these products, you can protect your skin, ensuring you look a million bucks when it’s time to face the world again.
Originally launched in 2014 to tackle the effects of pollution and external aggressors, the iconic ‘SisleYouth’ hydrator by Sisley has been reformulated to comprehensively combat all types of pollution – blue light included. Harnessing the powers of potent plant extracts (including vitamin E, organic buckwheat seed, ginkgo biloba leaf, and pea extracts), it provides powerful antioxidant protection while shielding skin from blue-light baddies and strengthening barrier function. It’s also loaded with shea butter and plant-based sugar to promote water storage, deeply hydrating the skin to keep it soft, supple, and youthfully plump. Win-win.
Sisley ‘SisleYouth Anti-Pollution Blue Light Shield’
A serum that protects against blue-light pollution, soothes skin with calming botanicals, reduces the appearance of fine lines and dark spots, is made from over 82.9 percent natural ingredients, and is loaded with plumping and hydrating hyaluronic acid? Sign us up. Chantecaille’s protecting powerhouse is a beautifying blend of algae, tamarind, red sage root, and nasturtium flower that calms and soothes stressed-out skin while negating the harmful effects of that blue-screen glow, restoring your natural glow while it’s at it.
Chantecaille ‘Blue Light Protection Hyaluronic Serum’
Just because you’re stuck inside doesn’t mean you should be skimping on SPF. Our protecting pick? REN’s ‘Clean Screen Mineral SPF30’. Made with 99 percent natural ingredients, it’s vegan-friendly, protects against UVA and UVB rays, and shields skin from the harmful blue light emitted from our phones and computers. It also soothes, helps mattify oily skin, provides antioxidant protection, tackles pigmentation, and prevents aging thanks to zinc oxide, yellow passionfruit seed extract, and rice starch. Not to mention it is chemical-free and non-toxic, and uses the highest amount of recycled materials possible in its packaging. Whether you’re hibernating indoors or braving the outside world, this will ensure your skin is protected at all times.
Ren ‘Clean Screen Mineral SPF30’
Offering continuous blue-light protection and a refreshing boost, this magic mist acts as a spritzable shield and instant pick-me-up for skin. Formulated with radiation-resistant active marine ingredients (including microorganisms sourced from the Spanish coast and algae from the Celtic Sea), it reinforces the skin’s barrier to protect against digital pollution and repair signs of photoaging while hydrating, softening, and soothing. Keep it on your desk, bedside table, or sofa – again, no judgment – to keep your skin safe all day long.
One Ocean Beauty ‘Blue Light Protection + Hydration Mist’
The Night Cream
We know what you’re thinking – you’re not looking at your phone or laptop while you sleep, so there’s no risk of blue-light damage, right? Wrong. During your journey to the land of nod, your skin goes through vital repair and rejuvenation processes that help reverse the damage of the day and strengthen it for the next. That’s why this nighttime treat from Murad should be an essential part of your anti-blue light regimen. A detoxifying cocktail of plant stem cells, vitamin C, and antioxidants help neutralize environmental toxins (sun exposure, pollution, and blue light included) while fortifying the moisture barrier and strengthening your skin as you slumber to ensure that you’re Sleeping Beauty personified.
Murad ‘City Skin Overnight Detox Moisturiser’
A beautifying booster meets powerful pollutant protector, just a few drops of Niod’s ‘Survival 0’ a day will keep damaging baddies away. Using advanced, next-generation technologies and pollution-fighting ingredients (including purified deep-sea algae, anti-inflammatory yeast extracts, and purified lutein from marigold flowers), it works to shield against polluting particles and blue light in addition to stress and smog, while boosting the skin’s own defenses – making it one of the best anti-blue light boosters in the business.
Niod ‘Survival 0’