Business_news This $46 sunscreen is lightweight and moisturizing — it also protects my skin from damaging blue light

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After years of using the same facial sunscreen, once I realized how much screen time I was getting after starting a new job here at Insider Picks, it was time for a slight change.

Some studies have suggestedthat blue light from computer, phone, and tablet screens can lead to premature aging and skin damage, though the sun’s UVA and UVB rays are much larger sources. SPF is still recommended, but the fact that I’m exposed to screens more than I am to actual sunlight now began to worry me.

Mybeloved EltaMD UV Clear sunscreenlacked specific protectionagainst blue light omitted from screens, and after staring at my computer all day and then staring at my television once I get home, I decided to switch up my sunscreen to add more protection against blue light.

Business_news This $46 sunscreen protects against UV rays and blue light that comes from screens

I came acrossCoola’s Full Spectrum 360 Sun Silk Drops SPF 30, a sunscreen specifically formulated to help protect against both UV rays and blue light, at Sephora one day.

I was initially drawn to the packaging — it’s pink and the dropper-style bottle was unusual for a sunscreen. Price-wise, $46 seemed outrageous for a 1-ounce bottle of sunscreen but by that point, I was too invested and really wanted to try it, so I bought it and told myself that I’d only buy it once and never again. 

Unfortunately for my bank account, there is a high chance that I’ll buy another bottle again.

Seeing the pink bottle every morning gives me joy in a Marie Kondo-like way, but I’m very picky when it comes to the way products actually feel on my face.


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I can’t stand skin-care products that absorb too slowly, are sticky, or are heavy on my skin. I loved theEltaMD UV Clear sunscreenI was using for years previously, and it checked all the boxes so it was hard to replace.Coola’s Sun Silk Dropssunscreen also happens to meet all those requirements and more, protecting your skin when you’re outside in the sun and inside in front of a screen. 

The formula is silky and smells amazing though the color is interesting, like a strange mixture of milk and a touch of glitter.The sunscreen dropsalso have acid for intense moisture, neroli flower extract to help calm and soothe, antioxidants to help protect against free radical damage, and botanical cell actives to help protect against blue light damage. 

Business_news I feel more comfortable staring at screens for hours when I wear this sunscreen

Unlike my previous sunscreen,Coola’s Sun Silk Dropsis not a mineral sunscreen. It does, however, market itself as being reef-safe because there’s no oxybenzone. Eventually, I may tryCoola’s Mineral Sun Silk Crème SPF 30to see how the mineral version compares to the chemical version.

The blue light protection in the Coola sunscreen may or may not do its job in the long run, but it’s reassuring to at least know that the sunscreen is SPF 30. Spending $46 for a small bottle of sunscreen still seems outrageous to me, but I justify spending more money on sun-care products now to avoid sun damage down the road. 

Buy Coola Full Spectrum 360 Sun Silk Drops SPF 30 at Sephora for $46

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