While we may blame our 24 hour digital world for increased anxiety and dreaded ‘tech neck’, unfortunately our reliance on technology also has the potential to damage our skin.
The culprit? Blue light, also known as High Energy Visible Light (HEV). Although sunlight is the biggest source of blue light, what’s becoming concerning is the blue light given off by electronic devices such as computer screens, electronic notebooks and, of course, your phone.
Considering the amount of time many of us now spend glued to these screens (who hasn’t ended up down an Instagram black hole stalking their ex’s sister’s best friend’s wedding), it’s becoming an increasing worry in terms of our health, in particular our skin.
'This constant exposure to blue light increases the potential risks associated with damaging free radicals and the resulting oxidative stress which can lead to premature ageing of the skin,' Kate Bancroft of Face The Future explained.
Scarily, blue light actually penetrates deeper than UVA/UVB rays, and Bancroft highlights that 'collagen degradation and elastin loss caused by blue light is greater than that caused by UV.'
It’s not all bad news though, and we can take steps to protect our skin. Blue light shields and ‘night mode’ settings on your devices can help limit the impact but choosing the right skincare makes a huge difference too. 'Antioxidants are our first line of defence; think Vitamins A, C, E and Ferulic Acid. To further protect skin against blue light make sure you’re always wearing a broad-spectrum SPF,' Bancroft advises.
Protect your skin from blue light with our edit of must-have products:
Heliocare 360 Gel Oil-Free SPF 50 - £28
The whole Heliocare 360° range is enriched with Fernblock® FC, a powerful antioxidant complex as well as advanced filters and a Bioshield System that provides broad-spectrum protection against UVA, UVB, High Energy Visible Light and IR (infrared radiation).
Our favourite, the Heliocare 360 Gel Oil-Free SPF 50, comes with anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and sebum-controlling technology, making it ideal for oily and acne-prone skin.
Medik8 Advanced Total Day Protect - £55
Offering a hit of fast-absorbing moisture this is the ideal formula for those with dehydrated skin. Its credentials are impressive too, and alongside being anti-blue light it’s also anti-infrared and offers both SPF 30 and 5* UVA protection.
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Defense SPF 30 - £35
bareMinerals’ much-loved Complexion Rescue has been given a 2018-ready makeover, and the new formula is the first mineral-based product to offer protection against sun, pollution and blue light. Enhanced with a hint of radiance, it gives skin that glowly, lit-from-within look we all crave.
Paula’s Choice Defense Antioxidant Pore Purifier - £30
This smart serum helps to undo the daily damage caused by blue light before it has a chance to impact your complexion. Harnessing the pore-clearing power of salicylic acid, it delivers powerful antioxidants deep into the skin. Simply apply after cleanser and before either your daily SPF or evening moisturiser.
Elemis Daily Defence Shield SPF 30 - £46
Containing everything you need to protect your skin from indoor and outdoor environments, including sunlight, pollution and blue light emitting screens, this lightweight texture makes an ideal base for make-up.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex - £45
The latest product to join the much-lauded ANR family, this supercharged eye treatment tackles the damage done to the delicate eye area by sleep, UV, pollution and importantly blue light. Pat gently with your ring finger on the under eye area and cheat the appearance of twelve hours shut eye.
7 Face Moisturisers With SPF You Should Be Wearing Everyday (Even In England)
Caudalie Reservatrol Lift Moisturiser SPF20 - £40
This SPF20 moisturiser uses hyaluronic acid to help plump and lift your skin from within.
Medik8 Advanced Day Total Protect SPF30 - £55
Medik8's genius invisible vegan-friendly, paraben and fragrance free SPF30 formula is not only perfect for sensitive skin and darker skin tones, but it also protects from the evil blue light emitted by the various phone/laptop/tablet screens in our life. Which yes, are super ageing on your skin. All without being heavy or paint-like.
de Mamiel Atmosphériques Exhale Daily Hydrating Nectar- £83
Tackling everyday skin aggressors like sun, smog and electromagnetic radiation, this SPF moisturiser also has a sheer tint to help even out skin tone.
Any good dermatologist will tell you that wearing SPF50 everyday is the key to ageless skin. Eve Lom's lightweight cream protects against UVA and UVB and absorbs super quickly - no tell tale white marks in sight.
Using high levels of sun filters Mexory SX and Mexoryl XI, this lightweight moisturiser provides serious hydration whilst also protecting skin from UVA and UBV damage.
Want luminous skin with SPF protection? Then this is the one. Using pomegranate extract to combat pigmentation and a subtle touch of colour to give radiance, this moisturiser meets make-up product has the highest degree of sun protection recognised by JCIA.