12 Blue Light Products Derms Recommend to Keep Skin Protected During Screen Time


I know I’m not the only one who has caught themselves in the awkward moment when you’re enjoying time with family one second and the next everything goes silent and you look up to see everyone on their phones, just scrolling away. Are we no longer able to actually enjoy family time? These days, our eyeballs are glued to our phones, laptops and TV screens more than ever before—Netflix and chill, anyone?—and many of us are even turning to virtual fitness classes rather than sweating it out in a gym. Blue light is bombarding us from all angles, and our skin is paying the price.

In addition to ramping up the production of free radicals, which contribute to visible signs of aging, blue light can also lead to the formation of lines and wrinkles. According to a study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, exposure to light emitted from electronic devices on human skin cells, even short exposure, can increase the generation of reactive oxygen species. And, guess what, oxidative stress also leads to premature skin aging. Here, top dermatologists share their picks for the most effective blue light-fighting topicals to keep potential harm at bay. 

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SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic ($169)

“SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic is one of my favorite vitamin C products that also protects against blue light.” —dermatologist Bertha Baum, MD

“Blue light increases the production of free radicals, so I’d recommend a topical product with antioxidants. Find one with antioxidants such as vitamin C, resveratrol (red wine extract) or vitamin E. l like SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic.”
—Warwick, RI dermatologist Caroline Chang, MD

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Revision Skincare C+ Correcting Complex ($164)

“This is a powerful vitamin C antioxidant lotion that is great for blue light protection. It contains Revision’s MelaPATH Technology, which is a patent-pending blend of powerful antioxidants that is designed to combat free radicals, and it also supports the skin’s microbiome with prebiotic technology.” —New York dermatologist Julie Russak, MD

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SkinMedica LUMIVIVE System ($268)

“This two-step system includes a day serum and a night serum: The day serum effectively protects against pollution and blue light and the night serum helps the skin recover from the day.” —Greenwich, CT dermatologist Lynne Haven, MD

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The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% ($9)

“This is another great antioxidant product I recommend to my patients to protect their skin from environmental aggressors including blue light, and the price is very accessible.” —Dr. Chang

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bareMinerals Complexion Rescue SPF 30 ($37)

“I recommend this tinted moisturizer for my patients to even out skin tone while protecting the skin from the harmful effects of blue light. More importantly, it doesn’t break the bank!” —Torrance, CA dermatologist Divya Shokeen Khalsa, MD

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EltaMD UV Replenish ($38)

“Blue light can contribute to formation of wrinkles and skin damage, so I recommend wearing this sunscreen, which provides protection from sun and high-energy visible (HEV) blue light.” —Dover, NH dermatologist Brienne Cressey, MD

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HydroPeptide Somnifera Root Mist ($48)

“I love this soothing mist. It will protect your skin from damaging blue light while delivering a refreshing burst of hydration. It’s perfect for those who spend hours working on a computer.” —Dedham, MA dermatologist Joyce Imahiyerobo-Ip, MD

Photo Credits: HydroPeptide

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Dermablend Flawless Creator Lightweight Foundation ($40)

“I love this foundation. The brand actually did an in vivo study and found that it helps to defend against pigmentation caused by visible light.” —Dallas dermatologist Elizabeth Bahar Houshmand, MD

Photo Credits: Dermablend

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