Quiz: How much blue light are you exposed to (based on your lifestyle)?


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While the digital age has been great for streaming your fave shows, reading the latest news, and accessing every smoothie recipe you could ever want, it’s not been so great for your body—including your skin.

How exactly? Step into the office of surgeon Maryam Zamani, MD for a quick science lesson: Sunlight consists of ultraviolet, visible light, and infrared light. UV rays are associated with skin aging and burning, but there is also data that suggests visible light may be responsible for pigmentary changes in the skin.

“To further complicate this, a small subdivision of visible light is high energy visible light, which is associated with free radical formation,” Dr. Zamani explains. “This high energy visible light [AKA blue light] is emitted from screens on computers, phones, and other electronic devices.”

Your fight against free radicals might actually be rendered useless by your daily scrolls through Instagram—unless you’re using the right products.

So all of those skin-care products and supplements you’re putting to work in your fight against free radicals might actually be rendered useless by your daily scrolls through Instagram—unless you’re using the right products. That’s where bareMinerals‘ newest skin-saver comes in.

Just like you put sunscreen on your face to protect it from the sun’s UV rays, bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Defense™ Radiant Protective Veil is designed to be worn whenever your skin is exposed to blue light from technology (so like, all the time).

Using minerals zinc and titanium dioxide (to provide SPF 30 sun protection), cacao (shown to help defend against blue light’s effects), and camellia flower extract (for antioxidant defense against free radicals), bareMinerals’ OG tinted moisturizer got a major upgrade to become your blue light-blocking BFF.

“Blue light causes free radical damage and induces degrading enzymes in the skin, which cause damage to collagen and slow down its production, resulting in aging,” Dr. Zamani says. “It also stimulates tyrosine and melanin production meaning the increase of pigmentation. Skin can become dull and uneven in tone.”

To avoid that, Dr. Zamani recommends a variety of different methods such as using your phone in night mode and holding it at arm’s length, taking vitamins C, E, and zinc, and using skin-care products with lutein and antioxidants.

How do you tell what your exposure level is? Take the quiz below to find out how much blue light your skin sees based on your lifestyle, and get your product recommendations to start protecting your skin ASAP.

Scroll down to take the quiz—and click on the hotspots to learn more about each product.

In partnership with bareMinerals

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