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ELLE Beauty Desk: Blue Light-Blocking Skincare To Combat Prolonged Screen Time

ELLE Beauty Desk: Blue Light-Blocking Skincare To Combat Prolonged Screen Time

Is it just me, or is everyone else staring at their screens on hours at end now that there’s literally nowhere to go in quarantine? I’m not even talking work — I’m talking the time spent with our eyes glued to our phones chuckling at silly TikTok videos late in the night, Netflix-ing till wee hours of the morning, etc. Honey, four words: all that blue light!

For the unacquainted, blue light is light that emitted from digital devices; computers, smartphones, television, fluorescent light bulbs (it’s a non-exhaustive list). Essentially, exposure to blue light is inevitable — and that’s not even the worst bit. Evolving research has shown that blue light is able to penetrate deeper into the skin than UVA/B rays to cause pigmentation, wrinkles, and other signs of ageing (and now, flashback to how closely you were holding your phone to your face). While sunscreen should already be an integral part of your skincare routine to keep the UV rays away, protecting your skin against blue light just isn’t as straightforward. Your skincare products need to be formulated with ingredients that can reflect or scatter it, in order to properly and effectively shield your skin from blue light.

Here’s a little skincare tip, should you be one of those that wake and sleep to screen time: include a blue light-blocking product to your routine. I know, I know, it’s an extra step (which can put off the lazy ones), so most of these products are formulated to be double-duty ones. Ahead, some favourites.


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