Skin-Care Tips

The Best Blue-Light Product To Protect Your Skin (Other Than SPF) May Just Be This Mist

Zoe Weiner

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Between Zoom meetings, Netflix binges, and endless scrolls through social media, your screen time's likely peaked during the pandemic. Which means that for most of your waking hours, your skin is subjected to a whole lot of the blue light. Such rays are known to cause oxidative stress, which can lead to signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and free-radical damage—one of the leading culprits behind collagen and elastin breakdown and inflammation. And because of this derms are begging you to protect your complexion from your computer and phone. A good place to start is by applying a blue-light product, like One Ocean Beauty Blue Light Protection + Hydration Mist ($58), before you log on for the day.

Think of it as the first step in your line of defense against blue light skin damage since it's full of antioxidants (extracted from marine organisms such as algae), which Mona Gohara, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in Connecticut, compares to Miss Pacman, thanks to their ability to gobble up free radicals. The mist can also help repair some of the effects that blue light has on your skin, according to Rachel Nazarian, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in New York City.

Just note, that to really shield your skin from damaging light sources, the second (or final) step, depending on the type of sun block you prefer, should always be applying a good, old-fashioned layer of SPF to defend against ultraviolet and visible light, Dr. Nazarian emphasizes. "Consider this mist more of a hydrating, calming, and repairing product for dull, dry, over-worked skin, but not your entire protective plan," she says.

Bottom line? The more precautions you can take against blue light skin damage, the better. So, give yourself a spritz, then slather on your fav form of SPF, before sitting in front of any screen. In 10 years, your skin will be grateful you did.

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