Put down your phone!
What's the first thing you do when you wake up? If you're anything like me, you hit snooze, hit snooze again...and again, then check Instagram, Twitter, your WhatsApp chats, have a quick scroll through the latest celebrity gossip, go back on Instagram and, 20 minutes later, you get up and wonder why you're always late.
We've become a generation reliant on our phones - be it for work, to shop, for directions or to date. But what if I told you that every time you scroll through Instagram, every time you click 'continue watching' on Netflix, you're being exposed to the most silent skin aggressor of all?
As if it wasn't a hassle enough to protect your skin from the sun when outdoors and even indoors where natural light is abundant, now you have to be concerned when you're at the office replying to emails, taking selfies and watching Netflix on Friday evening. Just like outdoor light rays, blue light is also responsible for premature ageing and unprotected light exposure can also lead to dark spots and hyperpigmentation. However, blue light can also affect (and damage) our skin in different ways that UV rays as they're capable of penetrating into the deeper layers of the skin rather than just the outer most layer. What this means, is that they tamper with collagen production and our skin's natural ability to exfoliate.
It may be the silent skin enemy facing our generation, but the goods news is it's easy to prevent blue light damage. For healthy-looking ageless skin worthy of a flawless hashtag, the options are to wear daily SPF and invest in blue light defensive protects to help you prevent and reverse existing damage - or you can give up your phone. It's an easy choice, really.
Below are 6 of the best blue light protectors to help you beat box set binging once and for all.
Created to protect against the 3 mains types of pollution (blue light, atmospheric pollution and chemical agents), the Micellar water cleanses and removes makeup from eyes, face and neck without needing to rinse. While it is ideal as a first cleanse, it should also be used after cleansing as a toner.
UrbanProtect Micellar Water, €18, Casmara
Packed with skin-rewarding pure plant oils for long-lasting hydration, this richly textured, high-performance moisturises nourishes and softens skin. Now featuring the breakthrough natural super-ingredient PEPHA®-AGE adds a multi-layer of defence to protect against natural and artificial blue light damage.
Multi-Shield Moisturiser, €32.95, Trilogy
The Eye Cream
Created to combat “digital eye fatigue” with ingredients to de-puff, energise, and activate muscle cells to promote wide-open eyes.
Essential Energy Eye Definer, €52, Shiseido
A nourishing blend of argon oil, comfrey extract, and vitamin E help protect against environmentally induced UV damage while conditioning the skin to improve the overall appearance.
City Skin Broad Spectrum Day Cream, €59.50, Murad
A 100% mineral- based, vegan formula shield to protect against UV, pollution and blue light; tinted to even out the complexion and o er a bit of added glow. Also with SPF30.
Complexion Rescue Defence, €45, BareMinerals
Blue light doesn't just stop at silently ageing your skin. While our eyes have the ability to block and filter the majority of the rays from daylight, blue light, however, permeates almost directly to the retina which is super sensitive to light, therefore, damaging your eyesight entirely. Hence the need for blue light blocking eyewear.
Nova, €55, Ambr Eyewear
Read the full article on 'Netflix Face' in this month's Irish Tatler. On shelves now.
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