As we’ve stayed inside throughout the year 2020, most of us have spent way more time in front of a screen than we’re used to. From Zoom classes and work meetings to countless hours scrolling through Instagram for quarantine bread-baking recipes, our MacBooks and iPhones have been a source of comfort. However, they’re also a source of blue light damage. High energy visible light, also known as blue light, is emitted from electronic devices like iPhones, tablets, and TV screens. It penetrates even more deeply than UV rays, and can lead to premature wrinkles, discoloration, and other skin issues. Definitely makes binge-watching Netflix a bit less fun, right? But you can still watch The Office guilt-free, as there are plenty of skincare products designed to protect you against skin damage from blue light. From moisturizers and eye creams to serums, here are the best ways to be kind to your skin while enjoying a night with Netflix.
A tinted moisturizer, sunscreen, and SPF product rolled into one… with blue light protection on the side? Only the best makeup-skincare products from ILIA. Super Serum Skin Tint blends out to a natural, sheer, and dewy glow for a back-from-the-beach vibe all year, and that’s only the beginning of these gorgeous benefits. The formula is made with a blend of Hyaluronic Acids and Squalane to intensely hydrate, along with Niacinamide to even out skin tone, brighten, and blur imperfections. As you’re protecting against damage from the sun and free radicals, you’re also shielding your skin against blue light from your cell phone or iPad. Super Serum Skin Tint is basically the perfect beauty product!
Illuminating moisturizers are simply the best, and it’s not just a healthy, hydrated glow that you’ll get with this Paula’s Choice essential. Defense Essential Glow Moisturizer features 12 antioxidants to diminish the signs of aging and environmental damage - including Licorice, Kiwi, Argan, Niacinamide, Vitamin C and more. As you light up your complexion for your Zoom calls, no makeup required, you’ll also be keeping the blue light and environmental aggressors away.
“This is the BEST foundation I have ever used for my dry skin! Such a light, glowy, and good coverage cream. The first base I’ve used that doesn’t want to cling to my dry patches.” Multitasking skincare products are the best, and this tinted moisturizer by bareMinerals is everything. You won’t just achieve radiant, natural-looking coverage that hydrates your skin and works for every season, you’ll also get protection against rays from the sun and your iPad. The mineral-based sunscreen in Complexion Rescue works as a great shield, while Hyaluronic Acid and Squalene provide an endless boost of moisture. 95% of MIRA guests say that Complexion Rescue is brightening, 84% agree that it’s ultra-hydrating, and 88% call it gentle!
As much as we may try to avoid pollution and environmental stress on the skin, it’s sadly all around us. The particles are unseen, but can have a very unfortunate effect on the skin - especially when paired with the blue light damage that comes from hours of YouTube makeup tutorials. That’s why everybody needs the Anti-Pollution Drops by Dr. Barbara Sturm. This product contains a Skin Protect Complex, with extracts derived from Marine Microorganisms to help strengthen the skin’s defense against environmental pollution and the natural aging process. Cocoa Seed Extract builds a protective shield around the skin, preventing HEV light from penetrating and causing damage, and keeping the moisture barrier as strong as ever. Exposure to blue light doesn’t just promote fine lines, it also leads to dehydration, irritation, and a loss of elasticity - and these drops will keep your complexion looking “right and tight,” always.
“I love this sunscreen! It is so lightweight on the skin and it has a bit of a brightening effect to make the skin glow naturally and it protects you from the harmful UV rays.” And it’s not just the sun that Prisma Protect will shield you from, but also your beloved iPhone. There’s a lot of things to love about this skincare product by Dermalogica. Like the intelligent drone technology that’s activated by visible light to create a lit-from-within glow, antioxidants like Matcha that protect against pollution and HEV and UV light, and Sage that helps maintain an even skin tone. All while sealing in moisture and keeping your skin looking perfectly glowy and hydrated. The best moisturizers keep your skin feeling beautiful on the inside and out, and your complexion will always be pretty and protected with this top-rated Dermalogica product.
“When I’m not wearing a skin tint or bb cream this is the foundation I go for. It has such a natural and beautiful finish, lasts all day and it nearly looks like I’m not wearing a foundation at all.” Okay, this Revlon foundation is technically a makeup product. But once you see the long list of skin-protecting and nourishing ingredients, you’ll understand why PhotoReady is one of the top-rated drugstore products on MIRA BEAUTY. Besides the creamy and hydrating coverage that makes your complexion look flawless all day, you’ll also be covered against pollution and dangerous blue light. These antioxidants can do it all, and you’ll be keeping your skin safe while also looking PhotoReady (get it?) for virtual holiday parties. At only $8, this is a guilt-free quarantine buy that will always keep your skin looking selfie-ready.
Everybody loves a good hyaluronic serum - your best friend, favorite influencer, renowned drag queen Violet Chachki. And this one by Chantecaille is unlike any other. Not only is it infused with a unique blend of botanicals for long-lasting hydration and skin-plumping, it also shields your skin against the dangers of blue light pollution. While we know it’s a little pricey, we promise that Hyaluronic Serum is the real deal. It’s perfect for the workaholic #bossbabe who has spent most of 2020 on Zoom calls, only taking a break to binge-watch Emily in Paris. This Chantecaille product won’t just keep the screens from destroying your skin, it also smooths out fine lines and has the potential to prevent stress breakouts. Yes, please.
Prevention is always better than treatment, but you still need the best skincare products to reverse daily damage from your phone screen. Like the City Skin Overnight Detox Moisturizer by Murad! It lets you unplug, literally and figuratively, while you sleep - neutralizing free radical damage and pollution as nourishing botanicals moisturize and plump your skin. Just one night with this creamy moisturizer can reset and reverse damage in a few hours, and lets you say “I woke up like this” with a soft and glowing complexion.
This two-piece set by SkinMedica is definitely a splurge for the holidays, but it’s 100% worth it for any skin care and Netflix enthusiast. Lumivive System features the Day Damage Defense Serum and Night Revitalize Repair Complex, both of which protect you against blue light and environmental damage like a dream. This is courtesy of Cacao Seed Extract, a tried-and-true ingredient to shield against HEV, along with Mirabilis Jalapa Extract to detox and Alteramonas Ferment Extract to prevent environmental pollution from harming your skin. These nutrients sound fancy, because they are, and make a beautifully safe addition to any 2020 skincare routine.
If you’ve taken a lot of selfies during the year 2020… good for you. You deserve to feel gorgeous as you’re doing at-home quarantine makeup tutorials just for fun. However, you also may have exposed your skin to photoaging - and a skincare product like the Blue Light Shield Concentrated Serum by Derma E can reverse and prevent the process. It contains nourishing antioxidant-rich Blue Green Algae Extract to soften and moisturize the skin, while Lutein provides blue light protection against all devices. You’ll also get a bit of help from Charcoal, which purifies and exfoliates the pores, and Ginseng Root to energize and add a boost of brightness. This antioxidant-packed serum is the actual definition of a “digital detox,” and you don’t even need to deactivate your Instagram account!
Tinted moisturizer will always be the ultimate lazy girl hack, and it’s even better with SPF. In the case of this top Exuviance product, the sunscreen levels are even high enough to protect against blue light! Even out skin tone and perfect your complexion with this nourishing fluid - containing Polyhydroxy Acids (PHAs) for a constant burst of hydration, and Vitamin E and Green Tea extract to protect against daily environmental aggressors. Like you know, your laptop after you’ve been working for 10 hours straight. This simple, yet powerful, fluid will always be there to protect, and give your skin a subtle boost of Zoom-ready radiance!
This dermatologist-approved serum is worth every penny - as there’s very little it can’t do. From reducing the deepest fine lines to protecting against environmental stress and blue light damage, people of all ages and skin types need C E Ferulic. Vitamin C is the key ingredient - which any skincare junkie knows is a powerhouse antioxidant that reduces fine lines, improves texture, and repairs free radical damage. As the name suggests, this Skinceuticals favorite also includes Ferulic Acid to provide antioxidant protection against UVA/UVB rays, HEV light, and ozone damage - which can all speed up the skin aging process. It’s everything you could ever want in a skincare product, and remains effective for an entire 72 hours after being absorbed into your face!
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