Applying Sunscreen Before Screen Time
As seen in AMA Regional Publications
We all know the importance of sunscreen in protecting skin against UVA and UVB rays, but as many people have been spending an increased amount of time indoors, we’re hearing more about the potential damage of blue light emitted from the likes of computer and smartphone screens.
Indeed, after treating Australians to thousands of facials over more than a decade, Sunny Skin founder Danielle McDonald and her team of fellow skin experts noted an increase of prematurely aged skin suffering from pigmentation, dermal thinning and wrinkles.
After clients revealed their daily sunscreen had been heightened, Danielle decided to devise a product that not only suited skin exposed to the harsh Australian climate, but also protected against the rise in blue light radiation emittance.
The result is Super Sun, a 100 percent mineral, chemical-free SPF50 moisturiser that protects the skin from UVA/UVB rays, together with high levels of blue light.
Super Sun should be the last step in your morning skincare routine before applying makeup. You should always reapply if you’re spending time directly in the sun, but what about if you’re spending equally as long in front of a screen?
According to Danielle, you should reapply sunscreen when working closely in front of a laptop for extended periods of time. “As the blue light irritates your skin, overexposure leads to decreasing the antioxidant concentration in the epidermal layers, so you will want to top up for optimal protection,” she says. “Another booster tip is applying a quality vitamin C serum under your SPF, which is one of the most powerful antioxidants in skincare.”
Binging a new series on the TV? According to Danielle the distance means the level of irradiation and decline in antioxidant concentration would be less. “You are still being exposed to blue light, however, at a much smaller concentration, so I don’t believe the risk is as high.”