Psst, psst, here’s a secret, blue light can damage your skin. But the Goodhabit Rescue Me Rest + Reset Mask and Moisturizer ($48) can be the refresh button your skin needs.
Blue-light-blocking glasses have become very popular over the past year because we’re spending more time staring at laptops and other digital screens during the pandemic, instead of having in-person meetings and events. The lenses are supposed to reduce eyestrain and protect eyes from the effects of blue light. While the jury is still out on whether blue-light eye protection is necessary, blue-light exposure can certainly damage skin, leading to wrinkles and fine lines.
Goodhabit was launched in May 2020 with the goal of creating blue-light-protecting skincare. To date, it’s launched a serum, moisturizer, cleanser, toner, and the Rescue Me Rest + Reset Mask and Moisturizer. All the products are made with Goodhabit’s BLU5 technology that acts as a filter to neutralize the effects of blue light. BLU5 is a proprietary blend that is “powered by a marine active extract sourced from the cold, deep waters off the coast of Greenland.” The Rescue Me Rest + Reset Mask and Moisturizer also contains hydrating hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and ceramides. It is also packed with the superfood blue spirulina which helps to decrease inflammation, promote cell renewal, and improve skin tone through antioxidants, vitamins, and amino acids. The blue tansy flower soothes inflamed skin. Evening primrose oil also soothes the skin, while improving its texture and elasticity and reducing dryness, roughness, and wrinkles. Another unique ingredient of the Rescue Me Rest + Reset Mask and Moisturizer is bakuchiol, a natural plant-based retinol alternative that helps to calm even the most sensitive of skin.
The Rescue Me Rest + Reset Mask and Moisturizer delivers intense hydration and refreshes your complexion to undo the damage blue light does to your skin throughout the day, while you sleep. It can be used a few times a week if you have dry skin, and once a week for oily skin. Either way, the moisturizing mask helps you look like you got eight hours of sleep.
Dr. Mona Gohara, a board certified dermatologist, dives deeper into why blue-light protection is necessary for skin, how the Rescue Me Rest + Reset Mask and Moisturizer works, and whether the product can be used with acne-fighting products.
We all recently have become aware of how damaging blue light is to our eyesight, but I didn't realize its effect on skin until the introduction to the Goodhabit Rest+Reset Mask & Moisturizer. Why do you think people aren't talking about blue light's effects on skin?
Dr. Mona Gohara: As a result of all this blue-light exposure, especially now as we all continue to increase our screen time, you’ll see more fine lines and wrinkles that are associated with premature skin aging. Blue light can also increase melanin production in a process called melanogenesis, which means that the skin can become discolored. As of recently, we didn’t realize how much blue light was affecting our skin and the damage it was doing, which is why I think it hasn’t been a larger conversation. Everyone started to wear blue light glasses to help our eyes from blue light, the same goes for our skin. Goodhabit, a brand launched in May 2020, built the company on the idea of blue-light protection, launching a serum, moisturizer, cleanser, toner, and now their Rest + Reset Mask & Moisturizer all with blue-light-blocking powers. Each product is fine-tuned with their BLU5 technology to act as a filter that neutralizes the effects of blue light.
What exactly does blue light do to the skin?
Dr. Mona Gohara: As mentioned above, blue light causes fine lines and wrinkles that are associated with premature skin aging. It can also increase melanin production in a process called melanogenesis, which means that the skin can become discolored. Blue light creates free radicals, which are “little chemical particles that wreak cosmetic havoc in the skin by binding to and weakening collagen and elastin, so serums specifically designed for this damage will help. While sunscreen protects your skin from further damage, it won’t repair in the same way these blue-light protection products will.
Why is bakuchiol a better alternative to retinol?
Dr. Mona Gohara: Bakuchiol has been shown to increase collagen production and cell turnover to a similar degree that retinol has which is a pretty big deal.
Are there any products/chemicals that should be avoided when using Rest+Reset? Can someone with acne-prone skin still apply their benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid with it?
Dr. Mona Gohara: I would try to separate the benzoyl peroxide, perhaps use that in the AM. You can use it over your retinol in the PM but if anything is too irritatingly, alternate days.
Since Rest+Reset is applied at night (once or a few times a week), what are some things we can do to our skin during the day to minimize the effects of blue light?
Dr. Mona Gohara: Goodhabit has an entire collection of blue light protecting products which are all formulated with their proprietary BLU5 technology. This hits the block and undo buttons on blue light and free radicals to reveal your healthiest, most radiant complexion yet. The Rescue Me Collection includes the below and are all sold on GoodhabitSkin.com:
- Clean Scene Micellar Gel: Removes the most stubborn makeup, as well as dirt, oil, and impurities - no rinsing required or residue left behind
- Texture Magic Exfoliating Toner: Ultra-gentle AHA/BHA/PHA toner that minimizes pores, evens out texture and sloughs away dead skin cells to reveal a visible younger, more radiance complexion
- Glow Potion Oil Serum: Triple-layered elixir combines the powerful effects of an oil, serum and essence into one do it-all-formula
- Water Jelly Dew Cream: Gel-cream that is packed with over 20 percent humectants to provide heavyweight hydration with a lightweight feel
- Rest + Reset Mask & Moisturizer: A nourishing sleep mask/moisturizer hybrid that taps into your skin’s nightly regenerative cycle to detox your complexion from the harmful effects of blue light overexposure.
The Goodhabit Rescue Me Rest + Reset Mask and Moisturizer is a hybrid sleep mask and moisturizer that uses your skin's nightly regeneration cycle to detox your skin from blue-light damage, including wrinkles and fine lines.