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With lockdowns continuing across the country, it’s safe to say that most of us have experienced an uptick in screen time. The skin damage potentially caused by the blue-light rays these devices emit has become a hot topic in the beauty world. While scientific research into this field is ongoing, a 2010 study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that exposure to blue light above the sun’s rays was shown to increase dark spots in some skin types. Another, published in 2019 in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, found that cells exposed to blue light experienced an increase in DNA damage and inflammatory mediators. Whether evidence-based or a case of fear mongering, it’s not uncommon to see creams boasting of blue light blocking ingredients.

SaveFace founder Justina Anzulovich took a different approach to blocking blue light by developing a line of physical screen filters. It’s a layer of Japanese tempered glass you attach to your phone to help minimize exposure to blue HEV light. The screens also incorporate antimicrobial silver ions to help neutralize bacteria that can lead to breakouts.

Anzulovich, who was born in Vancouver and is now based in Los Angeles, says that blue light penetrates skin deeply and can cause cumulative damage that may take years to reveal itself. “My exploration for our product offering came from wanting to find a way to prevent damage before it happened instead of correcting after the fact,” she says. “I like to think of our IRL Filter as a healthy boundary between us and a really toxic best friend.”

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While the science is still being explored in regards to the conclusive long-term impact on the skin, some optical professionals are recommending using blue light filters to prevent eye damage, which may be reason enough for you to do the same for your skin.

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Need some advice about your skin and hair care routines? Send your questions to ritual@globeandmail.com

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