• Can we protect our skin from blue-light? If so, how?

    Written by Yasmine Mubarak by Fashion Tales

    Picture credits
    photography Linda Andersson
    hair and makeup Annie Ankervik
    model Clara Hjerpe


    What's blue-light?

    Blue-light is the light that comes from our computers, smartphones, and TV screens. It’s a light most of us look at for hours each day. Not to mention, during the pandemic - my screen time at least, has gotten doubled - working from home with countless zoom meetings (and TV-series marathons).
    Blue-light is not only the light that comes from our screens but is in the simplicity - a wave-length of the light spectrum that is longer compared to others. Which is why it penetrates the skin deeper than other lights in the same spectrum. With the increased exposure to blue-light, not only our eyes and sleep can get affected but our skin. Not to mention in a research study they saw that compared to UVB, the blue-violet light induced significantly more hyperpigmentation that lasted up to 3 months.

    Furthermore, It has shown that 8 hours of screen time can be compared to 20 minutes of sun exposure. Which perhaps doesn't sound much, but as our face is closer to the source of light, it becomes more exposed.
    d help us reduce the blue-light exposure.

    A research paper from 2010 by the Department of Dermatology, Multicultural Dermatology Center, Henry Ford Hospital - scientifically showed that the more melanin you have in the skin, the more sensitive you are to blue-light and UV. Results showed that you could see pigmentation in the more melanin-rich skin than the lighter by UV light. So it’s not only lighter skin that has to use blue-light protection. Unfortunately, lighter skin types have often been the target market for sunscreen protection. However, that is changing rapidly with more awareness and focus on tinted mineral sunscreens and transparent sunscreens that don’t leave a light cast on the skin.

    Following the information regarding that various wavelengths have different effects on skin pigmentation (2013), the study explains that using sunscreens against the entire visible light spectrum is almost impossible day to day. The results tell that though it’s difficult to protect from the shorter wavelengths it could be helpful to protect from those with the possibility for higher pigmentation - which suggests it’s better to protect our skin from the wavelengths we can - than not at all.


    So how are we actually going to protect our skin?

    It’s shown that ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide can protect against blue-light damage, as they reflect light from our skin. Not to mention Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a good option to help pigmentation that can occur as a result of blue-light.

    In addition, in an article from 2020, it is proved that tinted sunscreens can be a good choice for blue-light protection since it creates a visible layer of sunscreen instead of a white-cast. It demonstrated that tinted sunscreens that tinted sunscreens reduced transmittance of visible light more effectively than untinted sunscreens containing titanium dioxide or zinc oxide alone. Since the tinted sunscreen creates a visible protective layer, instead of using sunscreen that later goes into your skin. Results further showed that it didn’t matter what shade the product was. All shades had the same protection.

    Last, always apply an antioxidant-loaded broad-spectrum sunscreen to keep skin shielded. It has been pretty challenging finding products that protect against blue-light - and after immense testing of products, the research continues to find ways that protect from blue-light. Here are the favorite products found so far:


    By Wishtrend Pure Vitamin C 21.5 Advanced Serum
    Vitamin C is said to neutralize reactive oxygen (free radicals) before they are created in our skin. Not to mention, Vitamin C helps with pigmentation, which can occur after being exposed to UVB/UVA lighting as well as blue-light. For that reason, adding Vitamin C to your skincare routine can help both neutralize free radicals and fade the appearance of pigmentation. By Whisttrends Pure Serum is highly concentrated Vitamin C drops. The serum does what a vitamin c serum is supposed to do, and makes your skin appear more luster and assist with pigmentation. It’s simply one of the best Vitamin C serums. However, if you are sensitive make sure you blend it with a toner or cream the first 2-3 times.

    Coola Full Spectrum 360 Sun Silk Drops Organic Face Sunscreen SPF 30
    Coola, is the new cool brand with focus on blue-light and sunscreen protection. The brand creates organic and vegan mineral sunscreens for UVA/UVB but also blue light. One of these products is the Sun Silk Drops. It has an oil-free formula that forms a transparent shield. The transparency makes it work for all skin tones. while it’s a mineral sunscreen, it doesn't leave a white cast. It’s made with 70% certified organic ingredients and a plant-derived Full Spectrum 360°, especially used by Coola that helps counter the effects of HEV light, infrared, blue light, and pollution. The only down part is that it ends too quickly for the price point- since you have to reapply your sunscreen during the day for the best protection.

    Paula’s Choice CALM Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30
    The CALM Mineral Sunscreen is a lightweight sunscreen with a broad spectrum.
    Enriched with antioxidants and minerals to reduce inflammation and improve barrier function. It’s a mineral sunscreen, with apricot kernel oil that helps to strengthen the skin and as well as fight the signs of aging. It’s a good choice if you have dry skin since it’s a bit thicker in consistency. However, since it’s a mineral sunscreen - it gives a slight white cast, that takes a few minutes to disappear - and works into your skin. So, if you have a darker skin tone, it can be good to for example mix a little with your daily cream or I would recommend going for the Sun Silk Drops or tinted sunscreen with blue-light protection.

    Supergoop! PLAY Everyday Lotion SPF 50
    The Supergoop! is the sunscreen brand that has conquered the social sphere and become one of the most talked about sunscreens. Most importantly, finally available in Europe, through Cult beauty. They have a wide range of sunscreens for the face + body, in both chemical and mineral sunscreen to fit your skin type. One of the best-sellers is the PLAY SPF 50, which is a hydrating, fast-absorbing formula that protects from UVA, UVB, and IRA rays, while also said to prevent photoaging and dehydration. It’s additionally formulated to be water- and sweat-resistant for 80 minutes, which means we can wear it when we want to sport outside and still protect our skin. It’s also a great sunscreen to have under make-up and for that glowy no-makeup look.

    ILIAs Super Serum Skin Tint SPF
    Ilia is a sustainable beauty brand that took the beauty industry by storm a few years ago. But it hasn't got the recognition it deserves, at least here in the Scandinavian region. But I can almost be sure that this product can help change that. Their Super Serum Skin Tint is not only a great light foundation - it contains both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to protect against blue-light with SPF 30. You apply it easily with your hands as the last step in your routine or you can use a foundation brush and leave your skin looking fresh and naturally covered. This product, I would say, is perfect for all skin tones since it comes in a wide range of shades. With that said, ILIA is a great option to protect against blue-light for darker skin tones.

    CHPO Blue Light Glasses
    Last but not least, after the article research regarding how our eyes can be affected by hours of blue light exposure, that results in interference with our sleep. We see the rise in blue-block glasses from various eyewear brands, one of these glasses are the stylish Blue Block glasses from the Swedish brand CHPO, which come in different designs and different colors from transparent to brown. Not to mention, they are from 100% recycled plastic.


    With all of this information, I however still wonder, if we ever could truly protect our skin from blue-light and exposure except decreasing our screentime? If you have an answer for the blue-light problem - do let me know.

    References

    Can Light Emitted from Smartphone Screens and Taking Selfies Cause Premature Aging and Wrinkles? 

    Blue-Violet light  irradiation

    Impact of Long-Wavelength UVA and Visible Light on Melanocompetent Skin

    Ultraviolet radiation and visible light both have biologic effects on the skin.

    The growing incidence of photo damaging effects caused by UV radiation

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    fashion Jahwanna Berglund
    makeup Johanna Norlander
    hair Khaddy Gassama / Swedish Hair Mafia

     

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    Hedda Stiernstedt

    Written by Valeria Bartocci by Sandra Myhrberg

    Hedda Stiernstedt is more than an actor, she is a star! She acts from the heart and that is something we as watchers can strongly feel. With her successful tv show ”Vår tid är nu '' Hedda is in a place she fantasied about many days of her early career.

    Hedda has since she can remember wanted to be an actor but not always did she know if acting wanted her. It took her time, travel, and courage to see that her dream could be real. When she and acting finally found each other she knew she had found her heart and soul perfectly matching, finally, she was home.

    Who is your big inspiration in life?
    My biggest source of inspiration comes from actors who I believe feel some kind of ”total freedom” towards their profession. Harriet Andersson is someone I watch to gain that inspiration to find dedication to my life, both mentally and physically for my profession.

    Who is your favorite actor?
    I have a few that I have loved over the years, one of them is Harriet Anderson who is an old Swedish actress. She has that total freedom that I am inspired by. Ben Mendelsohn is also an actor I have adored for many years. Lately, I have become attached to Florence Pugh due to her soft obedience, she has an incredibly genuine feeling that I am drawn to.
    Another new favorite is Eliza Scanlen who has been in Sharp Objects and Babyteeth. I loved her acting in Babyteeth, I found it almost a little strange. Her charisma of being able to follow the emotions and convey them in the raw freeway as she does in the movie.

    During the panademic what has motivated you to keep moving forward?
    I have found it difficult to stay motivated, but I have tried not to be too hard on myself. To allow oneself the small pleasures one can get, such as being able to play video games if I have felt like it. This time has been burdensome and punishing, but one thing I have found inspiration in is that people have been helping each other out and being more caring for others. It has made me realize that we as a “community” must stick together through this time.
    I also indulge in writing, I have been trying to find desire in my profession and life. This is the first time I have been able to ask myself the question “what do I want to do” as it is common in acting that I ask “what job would you want to give me” and then I have to adapt.
    I feel that I want to take a stand on what I can offer in a role and not what the role can offer me.
    Now I am deciding which is my next step forward from where I stand.

    When did you realize that what you're calling was to shine in front of the camera?
    The first time I tested acting seriously. I had been given the role and I found myself in the world I had been drawn to for a long time. I felt like for the first time I was the right person in the right place.
    I had never felt that I was right with what I was doing, everything was temporary. I looked in the wrong places and was always scared to invest in my passion for acting.
    But finally, we found each other and it felt more right than ever.

    How do you practice your dialogues?
    I read what the scene is about, but I have to say that I am bad at rehearsing lines. For me, it's about the feeling that I want to express in that scene. I do not come from the theater where the lines are everything, but  for me, the feeling is more important than knowing the exact words.
    Now, however, I have worked with a series where the language is made up. In such situations, I usually rehearse by recording the lines and walking while I repeat out loud to myself.

    Do you ever get nervous in front of the camera, how do you handle it?
    I'm nervous about every scene I play, but I like that feeling.
    It gives me something to not be one hundred percent comfortable as I listen more to my partner in the scene. For me, it's about taking in the feeling from the opponent and being caught in the feeling we have together.

    What is your trick for unwinding from a busy day of filming?
    I love to do puzzles. I have always found it difficult to unwind and find a way to occupy my whole brain. Puzzles give me the relaxation that reaches all of me.
    Otherwise, it could be playing Candy Crush and watching movies at the same time.


    What's the funniest character you've ever played?
    I have had the most fun playing Doris in the Jönsson league. I loved the humor that embraced the whole time we were shooting and the comedy within the character.
    I found it incredibly fun to be a part of that experience as it was my first humor film and character I played.

    That feeling has been most difficult for you to portray in front of the camera?
    Playing angry is the feeling that I find most difficult as I find that feeling farthest from developing at a certain time. Anger for me is only instinct and reaction, it does not exist as a raven's memory. I practice at home on how to quickly find anger and be able to quickly express it in the act.
    It is also rare that I am angry at my opponent, in some cases I can force them to make me angry just to capture the feeling.

    Which person have you been most “starstruck” by meeting?
    When I met Håkan Hällström in Cannes at the Swedish Film Institute's 50th anniversary party.


     

    5 quick:

    Hidden talents?
    I played the accordion for 4 years.

    Favorite garment?
    I love my track suit from H20 Fagerholt which I currently live in.
    But one of my all-time favorites is my jacket from Viktoria Chan that I can have for any occasion.

    What are you most grateful for right now?
    I feel incredibly grateful that I have a job right now considering what the world looks like.

    What makes you happy?
    I consider my job to be number one on the list. Then comes things like good food and people I love. Combining these two also makes me extra happy.

    What is your favorite music to dance to?
    When I am in need of little extra love, then I have Britney Spears.

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    Nyarol

    Written by Fashion Tales

    Today, the 28th of MAY, 2021 R&B singer, songwriter and producer NYAROL is breaking the silence after years off the grid and outside of the industry. She is independently releasing her debut single ‘MMM’. NYAROL has been a songwriter for many years and has been active in her home country Sweden, but also overseas in the United States.

    ’I’ve always called my music nostalgic, classic RnB. But now I aim to kind of experiment with the format that is a song, ambiance and also just try to rebuild and reshape the classic idea I have around songwriting. But most of all I just can’t stay away from making music, it’s just too big of a part of me.’’

    When did you realize that music was for you and how did it happen?
    I was around 5 when my mom put me in a choir at church and I think I realized then that I could sing and express myself through melodies and song that way. As I got older, I would write songs in my room and eventually go off to study music in school. Once I graduated I’ve worked on my process, creating and spent most of my time exploring what’s true to me and who I am in this moment. 

    What is your strength as a woman in the industry you work in and how do you handle the macho culture that comes with the genre?  
    I’m still working on how I fit in and what I want to share with the world but I’ve come to trust myself and my decisions more over time and the space I hold with my voice as a black woman in this business. I more or less see the outside world as secondary to whatever Im doing and I keep incredible people around me who are like minded that have amazing ideas that do it for the love of music. 

    What was your inspiration for the new music that you are releasing?
    It's written from a place of missing someone and being in a long-distance relationship, I’ve had my fair share of it. This past year and a half forced me, and the rest of the world to spend time away from our loved ones and I wanted to make a song about what this weird time has been like. 

    Which singer would you dream to collaborate with, dead or alive?
    New Edition.

    What is your dream project?
    I am still working on it <3.

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