What is blue light skincare and why is it important?
By Sophie Swift
If you’re serious about preventing premature ageing and looking after your skin, then you’ve probably come across the term ‘blue light skincare’. But what is it? And does it actually work?
Skincare experts say that protecting ourselves from UVA and UVB rays is no longer enough. Research has now evolved to confirm that ‘blue light’ – the light that’s emitted from the sun and our digital devices – is damaging to our skin. It was reported in 2019 that, on average, most people spend more than three hours on their phones every day. That means that we’re exposing ourselves to blue light for a significantly longer amount of time than we used to from the sun alone, and must take preventative methods on accordingly.
What can too much blue light exposure do? Similar to too much ultraviolet exposure, blue light can cause our skin to lose its firmness, cause pigmentation, and can increase the visibility of lines as a result.
But don’t despair just yet! Health and beauty experts are already ahead of the blue light game and are coming up with new ways for us to protect our skin all the time. Here’s four products we’ve recently been recommended that we’re already bestowing with the title ‘skin savers:
DermaQuest, CBD Blue Light Defense Moisturiser
This moisturiser is equipped to work double-time to defend against the effects of ageing and minimise digital damage. The CBD in this product acts as an ingredient booster and therefore amplifies the effects of the other ingredients to protect the skin from the impact of blue light, as well as infrared rays. CBD has also been known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, encouraging skin cells from any existing damage to be protected against further harm. All in all, this moisturiser adds a protective barrier while combining hydration and smoothing qualities to reveal a more youthful complexion.
QUAY Australia, Blueprint Blue Light Glasses
QUAY Australia offers a wide range of fashionable and protective eyewear at a reasonable price. The blue light collection offers lenses with blue light filtering technology, which will aid in blocking certain blue lights from digital screens that may contribute to symptoms of tired eyes and vision blur. With a large selection of frames such as cat-eye, round, and square and a selection of colourways, who wouldn’t want to wear these when working?
Katherine Daniels, Daily DNA Defence SPF 30
It’s said that if you’re exposed to blue light for eight hours a day, the skin damage is said to be equivalent to being in the midday sun for 10 minutes. Therapist and Co-Founder of Katherine Daniels, Kirsti Shuba, says: ‘while we can’t avoid our screens altogether, we can incorporate essential skincare products to protect and defend against blue light penetrating the skin’. The Katherine Daniels Daily DNA Defence SPF 30 acts as an invisible veil of advanced photoaging technology to defend, repair and protect skin from the damaging effects of UVA, UVB and blue light pollution. The product is enriched with chamomile and vitamin E to smooth the skin after exposure, too.
Foreo, UFO 2
The Foreo UFO 2 exclusively debuts a full spectrum LED light, in-app customisable skincare routines and advanced thermo-therapy. Sounds out of this world, right? UFO 2 incorporates more technologies within one simple, sleek design than any other beauty gadget of its kind. The LED light technology enables a variety of treatments to take place – for example, purple LED reduces the appearance of fine lines and boosts radiance, while white LED tightens the appearance of skin and reduced puffiness. With additional heating and cooling knowledge, Foreo’s UFO 2 can also heat and cool the skin through various treatments, offering a real at-home spa experience. Amen to that!