Blue light, or High-Energy Visible Light (HEV), is usually emitted by the sun. In small dosages, blue light is actually useful for eliminating Propionibacterium acnes bacteria which causes pimples. So why is there so much fuss about blue light damage? The problem doesn’t stem from being exposed to it but rather, the long hours we subject our skin to it.
The sun may be the biggest emitter of blue light but it’s not the only source. Mobile phone screens, computer monitors and even regular fluorescent lamps all emit some form of blue light. HEV Light can travel deeper than UVA to cause oxidative damage and hyperpigmentation, so it’s essential to protect your skin against blue light damage.
Here are our picks for the best skincare products that protect against blue light damage:
1. Chantecaille Blue Light Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Made with six powerful botanicals and hyaluronic acid, this lightweight serum not only hydrates, but protects skin against blue light damage from long hours spent in front of computer screens and mobile devices.
2. Cover FX Water Cloud Primer
Cover FX Water Cloud Primer, RM176
This primer has a mousse texture which cools skin down and ensures even coverage of your foundation to help it stay on all day. In addition, it also contains ingredients to protect skin against environmental aggressors, as well as blue light damage.
3. ést.lab SunShield SPF 50
ést.lab SunShield SPF 50, approximately RM295
The ést.lab SunShield SPF 50 is ideal for use when you just need a light coverage during the weekends or indoors. The Colour-Adaptive Technology blurs out imperfections without leaving a grey cast on skin, making it a perfect product as a makeup base as well. It also utilises Anti-Blue Light Technology to negate blue light damage, which can cause hyperpigmentation, photo ageing and inflammation.
4. IDS Skincare DermaShield Serum
IDS Skincare DermaShield Serum, approximately RM325
One of the only products in the market which is dedicated solely to protecting skin against blue light damage, this serum is worn under sunscreen to form a veil against hyperpigmentation, while infusing skin with hydration.
5. Murad City Skin Age Defense SPF 50
The Murad City Skin Age Defense sunscreen is a mineral sunscreen which reflects harmful UV light, infrared and blue light. Its colour-correcting tint events out the skin tone, while antioxidants help neutralise the harmful effects of free radical damage.
6. Supergoop! Superscreen Daily Moisturiser SPF40
This lightweight moisturiser not only provides SPF 40 protection against sun damage and blue light, it is also hydrating and reef-safe – perfect for use when you’re going on your next beach holiday.
This article was first published in Harper’s Bazaar Singapore.