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Confused about blue light protection? Curious about ceramides?

4 skincare products you never knew you needed (but probably do)
Blue Light Article AUS

If the last year or so has taught us anything, it’s that it’s OK to take more time for self-care—including our skincare routines, of course. But with a new ingredient going viral or getting vetted by a TikTok doc pretty much every day, it can make us wonder, “What skincare products do I need for my skin to look its best? Here are 4 top-shelf picks to add to more advanced skincare routines.

Products targeting blue light and pollution
Be honest—had you even really thought about blue light pre-2020? (It’s okay if the answer is no.). Simply put, blue light—scientifically known as high energy visible (HEV) light—comes not only from the sun’s UV rays, but also from the screens of your tech devices. So, while screen time has been at an all-time high, it’s been leading to damage like that from UV rays (AKA signs of skin ageing like fine lines and hyperpigmentation).

Wondering how you can fight the effects of blue light and pollution? Be sure you’re adding an SPF to your regimen, even if you’re just sitting in your house! While you may be staying on top of your everyday skincare routine or using the best skin care products, UV rays can erase all the progress you’ve made. So when you’re searching for a sunscreen, look for ingredients like lutein (an antioxidant carotenoid from marigold flowers that enhances protection by helping to defend against blue light), iron oxides (which help protect skin from infrared radiation) and a polymer matrix (which blocks adhesion and penetration of toxic pollutants).

Formulas to improve a weakened skin barrier
When it comes to the skin barrier, pretty much all you need to know is that it’s a barrier to keep the good stuff in and the bad stuff out. A weakened skin barrier can come as a result of many factors, like cold weather or fragrance, and results in redness, dryness and itching. Whether you have oily skin or dry, a moisturising product is important for every skin type and routine. One of the most important skincare must-haves for the skin barrier is the inclusion of shea butter in your products, since it helps deeply moisturise while sealing moisture in and preventing water loss and dehydration. Look for a thicker cream (perfect for evening routines) to help create a shield between your skin and outside elements.

Eczema and rosacea treatments
If you’ve noticed skin flareups related to stress, you may be experiencing eczema or rosacea, which calls for products specifically formulated to help soothe sensitive skin. Look for products with microalgae extract, which can help calm visible signs of stress (like expression lines) and mirabilis jalapa plant extract, which soothes irritation and redness.

Beyond topical products, you may want to consider internal skincare to further guard the skin against free-radical damage, breakouts and more. Supplements can include skin-beneficial nutrients such as zinc, which can help reduce skin irritation, and pomegranate seed extract, which can provide additional antioxidant protection. And of course, always best to consult your physician before starting any supplement regimen.

Building a skincare routine isn’t always easy but it also doesn’t have to be 12 steps to work. While you should invest in products well beyond a cleanser, moisturiser and sunscreen, healthy skin will thrive with the addition of other products specific to a skin concern you want to tackle, like a vitamin C serum, salicylic acid, face oil, etc.

Jacki Marzano is SoCal-based storyteller and head copywriter at Murad Skincare. She's shaped the voice of some of the most recognized beauty brands in the business, has a penchant for sharing homemade cookies, and believes SPF is the secret to getting carded well into your 40s.

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