On a daily basis, we subconsciously expose ourselves to our devices without giving much thought t a protective solution. Think about it, when you wake up, you scramble for your phone and spend a few minutes browsing through your ‘Gram before getting up for breakfast. And before you know it, you start hustling your day away on your laptop and spend the night binge watching your favourite Netflix series. But have you ever considered how much blue light damage you’re been exposed to and how it can take a toll on your skin and your eyes after a prolonged period of time?
In today’s digitally driven world, blue light has been a perennial issue that we all face but are guilty of having overlooked. Be truthful, you’ve probably forgot about it on several occasions.
So what is it about blue light that’s so bad for our health?
Before digital technology was this pervasive, the sun was the only source of blue light —but then came other sources by way of digital devices like your smartphones, laptops, TVs, tablets, and fluorescent lighting. Now that we’re all sitting in front of our devices all day, overexposure to blue light can cause eye strain, physical and mental fatigue, and headaches, as well as skin damage, including pigmentation, inflammation, and weakening of the skin’s surface.
Blue light is everywhere. And it’s unavoidable. But what you can do to combat blue light, is to increase your level of protection with beauty products that are specially tailored to prevent blue light damage. In this roundup, we’re listing the top blue light protecting products in the market.
1. Chantecaille Bio Lifting Serum+
Formulated with an innovative blend of Matrixyl Anti-Wrinkle Lipopeptide and powerful botanicals, the Chantecaille Bio Lifting Serum+ visibly smoothens the look of horizontal and vertical wrinkles while plant stem cells promote the synthesis of collagen and elastin for a brighter and rejuvenated complexion. But most importantly, thanks to its Cocoa peptides, the serum works best at protecting the skin from blue light damage and other environmental aggressors.
Chantecaille Bio Lifting Serum+, $423.50. Available at Lookfantastic.
2. Chantecaille Blue Light Hyaluronic Serum
Skin feeling parched? This Blue Light Hyaluronic Serum from Chantecaille might just be what you’re looking for! Used as a protective layer against blue light damage, the serum keep these rays from electronic devices at bay with its unique blend of botanicals. Skin is also well hydrated thanks to extracts of Tamarind, Alga, Nasturtium Flower and Red Sage Root, and it’s star ingredient Hyaluronic Acid to moisturise and reduce signs of fatigue while boosting your skin’s radiance.
Chantecaille Blue Light Hyaluronic Serum, $236.50. Available at Lookfantastic.
3. ACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions™ Contact Lenses
We’re constantly talking about protecting our skin from blue light but what about our eyes? For some, you might already have glasses prescribed with a blue light filter in your lens, but for those who are more comfortable wearing your lenses, ACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions™ contact lens will keep your eyes well protected. Not only does it filter out blue light, but these revolutionary lenses also has the highest level of UV protection as compared to normal contact lenses. It also reduces halos and starburst at night for clearer vision, and you won’t have to squint even when you’re subjected to bright lights!
4. Charlotte’s Magic Cream Light
If you’re guilty of scrolling through Facebook or watching your favourite Netflix series on your smartphones in bed before dozing off, you’d better add this into your rotation. With a unique Urban Pollution Defence Complex, Charlotte’s latest Magic Cream Light promises to defend skin against visible and invisible pollution, digital blue light, UVA and UVB rays. Alongside a myriad of high-performance ingredients, it’s also formulated with Radicare Gold which helps to safeguard skin against UV stressors caused by blue light and ensuring that it helps maintain a more youthful appearance.
Aside from that, this groundbreaking formula also nourishes the skin with ingrdients such as Replexium, Crambe Seed Oil, Coconut Alkanes and Vitamin E which helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and making skin look plumper with a beautiful natural glow.
Charlotte’s Magic Cream Light will be available from 21 May on Sephora.sg.
5. IDS Skincare Dermashield Serum
Of all the skincare products that promise to protect your skin from blue light damage, this cult favourite definitely knows how to live up to its promise. We’re definitely no stranger to IDS Skincare and this serum is literally a blue light protecting shield of its own. Made with a potent blend of powerful active ingredients including marigold extract, the Dermashield Serum protects your skin from blue light and other environmental pollutants that contribute to photoaging. With ts unique formula it prevents pollution particles from adhering to your skin, blocks infrared and UV rays as well as soothes cellular inflammation at the same time. Apply it twice a day and follow up with sunscreen for maximum protection.
IDS Skincare Dermashield Serum, $105.93. Available at jyx.shop.
6. SisleYouth Anti-Pollution Energizing Super Hydrating Youth Protector
A shield against all pollution? It may sound too good to be true, but SisleYouth’s Anti-Pollution Energizing Super Hydrating Youth Protector is just that. This lightweight moisturiser consists of ingredients that include powerful antioxidants to fight off damaging free radicals, including Organic Buckwheat Seed Extract and a Vitamin E derivative — and not forgetting their star ingredient; an extract derived from Gingko Biloba Leaf that’s said to help with unhealthy, stressed skin that may lead to photoaging.
Besides keeping blue light damage at bay, the moisturiser works well with boosting the hydration levels of the skin and it also comes with a matte finish — you won’t even have to worry about it compromising your makeup too.
SisleYouth Anti-Pollution Energizing Super Hydrating Youth Protector, $240 is available online at sisley-paris.com