Call me a psychic because now that it’s getting warmer outside I’m predicting many surprise sunburns! It’s true that we’re all spending WAY more time inside than ever before (that’s just a fact), but that absolutely does not
mean that you can skip using SPF on your skin… and here are two reasons why:
Blue light damage from your smartphone and computer
This is the one that I’m still getting used to myself. Skin damage from my computer and phone
?! Yep. Well, I first should say that some
blue light is actually good for you (it regulates the body’s natural circadian rhythm) but there have been a ton of recent studies that show when your skin is exposed to too much blue light, it can cause hyperpigmentation such as melasma and brown spots, photoaging and collagen breakdown (which leads to wrinkles, of course). And not to mention blue light has also been linked to eye issues such as cataracts and glaucoma (which I’m genetically pre-dispositioned to get, btw), hence the blue light glasses trend. These blue light blocking glasses
are my personal favorites and I wear them frequently.
So what can you do about it?
My personal favorite for fighting blue ray skin damage is JAFRA ROYAL Boost Play It Safe Sunscreen SPF 30
. In addition to protecting your pretty face from blue light damage, it also protects against the usual UVA and UVB damage (those outside sun rays!) and it’s great for even dry and sensitive skin. One of the reasons this version from JAFRA is my favorite for inside use is because it’s super light and feels almost like a primer before putting on any foundation or pre-Zoom makeup. And when I do go outside, I like knowing that I’m automatically also protected, you know?
It’s also got the brand’s patented Royal Jelly RJˣ, JAFRA’s exclusive technology that boosts the power, potency and precision of nature’s royal jelly to increase skin’s resistance to the signs of aging, matcha for that energizing antioxidant boost, and ginger, an antioxidant ingredient that protects the skin from free radical damage J
Incidental sun exposure
Let me give you a few examples of this: sitting by a window, running errands, walking your dog.
Even during these global health concerns, it’s important to apply SPF to your arms, chest and legs – pretty much any area that might get exposed when you least expect it. The other day I went to my mailbox area and ended up talking to one of neighbors for about 15 minutes (about 10 feet apart, of course), but I realized about two minutes into our conversation the sun was hitting the back of my legs and it was hitting them HARD. I ended up awkwardly asking my neighbor to move back more so that I could get them out of the sun while still maintaining social distance. Wild times, guys. Wild times.
My favorite incidental sun exposure SPF: JAFRA Sun Body Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 50
. This body SPF is, of course, broad spectrum, lightweight, fast-absorbing and best of all just feels REALLY NICE when you put it on. The non-greasy formula feels more like a moisturizer than a sunscreen and can actually be used on everyone (even babies and kids age six months and older). On top of all that, it’s formulated with the brand’s PPC Complex, which is proven to help protect, prevent and correct sun damage, so basically you’re not only protecting your skin from damage, but you’re also correcting the damage that’s already done.
What do you guys think? Will you pay closer attention to blue light damage and incidental sun exposure?
Thank you to JAFRA for sponsoring this post!