Blue de­fend­ers

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BEAUTY -

The beauty in­dus­try loves a new skin scourge to tar­get… in­creas­ingly we’re hear­ing about the im­pact that HEV (high en­ergy vis­i­ble) light, also known as blue light, can have on the com­plex­ion. Although UV rays from the sun are proven to have the most detri­men­tal ef­fect, a num­ber of stud­ies show that blue light emit­ted from cell­phone and com­puter screens may play a part in caus­ing hy­per­pig­men­ta­tion, in­flam­ma­tion and dam­age to the skin bar­rier. Although large, wide-scale stud­ies on the long-term ef­fects are yet to be un­der­taken, re­cent in­di­ca­tions de­serve con­sid­er­a­tion. Skin­care brands have been quick to re­spond by pro­duc­ing or re­for­mu­lat­ing prod­ucts de­signed to help, with in­creased an­tiox­i­dants and, in some cases, melanin de­riv­a­tives.

LEFT: 1. Mu­rad City Skin Age De­fense Broad Spec­trum SPF50, $105. 2. Coola SPF30 Sun Silk Drops, $85. 3. Tril­ogy Age-Proof Multi-De­fence Mois­turiser SPF15, $59. 4. Estée Lauder Ad­vanced Night Re­pair Eye Su­per­charged Com­plex, $124.

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