Now more than ever, when we’re glued to our phones, laptops and TV screens to get the latest news and distract ourselves with Netflix—many of us are even turning to virtual fitness classes to get some exercise in—we should take into account the damaging effect of blue light on our skin.
In addition to ramping up the production of free radicals, it can also contribute to the formation of lines and wrinkles. According to a study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, exposure to light emitted from electronic devices on human skin cells, even short exposure, can increase the generation of reactive oxygen species. And, oxidative stress leads to premature skin aging.
Here, top dermatologists share their picks for the most effective blue light-fighting topicals to keep potential harm at bay.
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“I recommend skinbetter science sunbetter SHEER SPF 56 Sunscreen Stick, which is a mineral-based sunscreen stick that helps to protect the skin against damage, such as hyperpigmentation, that is due to blue light.”
—New York dermatologist Marisa Garshick, MD
“Blue light increases the production of free radicals, so I’d recommend a topical product with antioxidants. Find one with antioxidants such as vitamin C, resveratrol (red wine extract) or vitamin E. l like The Ordinary Resveratrol + Ferulic Acid and SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic.”
—Warwick, RI dermatologist Caroline Chang, MD
“Blue light can contribute to formation of wrinkles and skin damage—I recommend EltaMD UV Replenish, which provides protection from sun and high-energy visible (HEV) blue light.”
—Dover, NH dermatologist Brienne Cressey, MD
“I recommend bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Defense for my patients. It has a little tint as well to even out skin tone while protecting it from harmful effects blue light. More importantly, it doesn’t break the bank!”
—Torrance, CA dermatologist Divya Shokeen Khalsa, MD
“I love HydroPeptide’s Somnifera Root Mist. This soothing mist will protect your skin from damaging blue light while delivering a refreshing burst of hydration. It’s perfect for those who spend hours working on a computer.”
—Dedham, MA dermatologist Joyce Imahiyerobo-Ip, MD
“I love the Dermablend Flawless Creator Foundation—the brand did an in vivo study and found that it helps to defend against pigmentation caused by visible light, and you can buy it at Ulta.”
—Dallas dermatologist Elizabeth Bahar Houshmand, MD
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