Allow us to introduce the most topical topical of the moment.
Written By ERIN FLAHERTY
Every once in a blue moon, a beauty product debuts on the scene that’s so relevant and smart that we simply must add it to our arsenal. This serum is it.
We can look back on 2020 as embodying so many things, but there’s no question that on one hand, it was the year of the screen. We used to travel to offices and have impromptu meetings and informal chats with our co-workers, but now, each one of these formerly simple interactions is facilitated by Zoom. Add Facetime, Houseparty, and Netflix to the mix and the screen time addiction becomes all too real. Sure, this collective increase — nay, crucial — dependence on our devices has provided comfort and function, but it also exposes us to a lot more blue light (aka the high-energy, short-range light emitted from the LEDs in our phones, TVs, lights, and computer screens.)
And let us tell you, overexposure to it is no friend to your skin (see: digital aging). Research on the topic is still ongoing, but mounting evidence shows that an abundance of blue light can add up to oxidative stress and DNA damage that wreaks havoc on collagen.
Since you are sitting here reading this on your phone, laptop, or tablet, you’re already an ideal candidate for a serum that can help combat their potential downsides like this one from famed French brand Chantecaille. It contains hyaluronic acid, which we know is the gold standard when it comes to plumping, and incorporates fermented botanicals like nasturtium flower and Peruvian cacao to fight the effects of your Tik Tok habit. It’s also quite dewy as a bonus. We suggest applying a healthy dose after your morning cleanse and layer under moisturizer and SPF for added protection. Keep calm, and scroll on.
“This lightweight formula hydrates deeply without feeling oily at all. I love that it protects from blue light pollution – a must since we’re exposed to screens every day.” – MISHA SHAHZADA, Makeup Artist
“Screen glare may make skin age faster. Since I can’t (won’t!) give up my phone, this genius serum is my defense.” – LENA RAFF, Makeup Artist
“This serum embodies style and substance. It adds a protective layer but leaves an elegant, silky finish that sinks right in.” – LORI YOUNG, Makeup Artist
As with every product on VIOLET GREY, the Chantecaille Blue Light Protection Hyaluronic Serum reached our shelves once a minimum of 70 percent of testers deemed it a winner. At that time, we added it to our skin care edit with the Violet Code’s official seal of approval.