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Shield Your Skin From Blue Light Damage With These Skincare Products

If you spend more than 10 hours in front of a screen, you'll want make sure your skincare products keep you protected from blue light.

This article first appeared in Harper’s Bazaar. 

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 all the fuss about blue light damage? The problem doesn’t stem from being exposed to it, rather the long hours we subject our skin to it.

The sun may be the the biggest emitter of blue light, but not its 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, and cause oxidative damage, along with hyperpigmentation so it’s essential to give your skin protection against blue light damage.

Here are our picks for the best skincare products that protect against blue light damage.

Blue Light Hyaluronic Acid Serum, $250, Chantecaille
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. Water Cloud Primer, $58, Cover FX
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. Beyond Sun Protection SPF 75+ PA+++, $78.80, Crystal Tomato
The Crystal Tomato Beyond Sun Protection offers complete protection against UVA, UVB, Infrared and blue light damage. It’s also formulated with antioxidants which help neutralise free radicals, protecting again against premature ageing. SunShield SPF 50, $96, ést.lab
The ést.lab SunShield SPF 50 is ideal for use when you just need a light coverage during the weekends. The Colour-Adaptive Technology blurs out imperfections without leaving a grey cast on skin, perfect 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. DermaShield Serum, $99, IDS Skincare
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. City Skin Age Defense SPF 50, $112, Murad
The Murad City Skin Age Defense sunscreen is a mineral sunscreen which reflects harmful UV light, infrared and blue light. Its colour-correcting tint evens out the skin tone, while antioxidants help neutralise the harmful effects of free radical damage. Sisleyouth Anti-Pollution Blue Light Shield, $245, Sisley Pari
The Sisleyouth Anti-Pollution Blue Light Shield offers a well-rounded protection against pollution, as well as blue light. Ingredients like organic buckwheat seed extract provide excellent antioxidant properties to strengthen skin’s barrier against free radicals. Superscreen Daily Moisturizer SPF 40, $55, Supergoop!
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.