As any avid gardener knows, marigolds are a vegetable garden’s protector, doing an excellent job at keeping most pests away.
They are also beautiful, bloom forever, and many species are edible.
A lesser known attribute of marigolds is that they provide a rich source of lutein, which acts as a protector for the skin against high energy visible light, known as blue-light, that is emitted from computer, cell phone, and television screens. Damage to the skin from blue light may be as significant as UVA and UVB rays in terms of skin aging.
Blue light is a great penetrator, its wavelengths reaching all the way to the deep layer of the skin, the dermis, which is where collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid are housed. Along with UVA and UVB rays, blue-light comes from the sun as well. But it’s the prolonged and daily exposure to blue light from cell phone and computer screens that is concerning. Lutein shields the skin from blue-light. Lutein is a xanthophyll, a pigment from the carotenoid family, which gives the petals of the marigold their pretty yellow color.
Lutein is also one of the star ingredients in Luzern’s latest line, La Defense Urban Protect This collection combines detoxifying and anti-pollution ingredients along with skin shielding and protecting dynamos to maintain a healthy and beautiful complexion in today’s environment. You will find lutein in the following La Defense Urban Protect products: Daily Moisturizer, a lightweight daily lotion that brightens, hydrates and maintains skin’s moisture balance while protecting skin from pollution and blue light.
The rich golden color of xanthophyll carries through in this lotion - demonstrating the richness of this ingredient. Mineral Sunscreen, a natural mineral, broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen, providing blue light protection; brimming with hydrators and pollution protectors such as vitamin C and Luzern’s blend of beautiful Bio-Suisse plant actives Mineral BB Crème, available in two shades, hydrates, evens skin tone, and minimizes the appearance of imperfections while protecting skin from blue light and UV rays with mineral-derived SPF 20.
A successful garden starts with healthy and weed-free soil. Similarly, a successful skin care regimen begins with proper cleansing to support skin’s detoxifying, cell renewal and metabolic processes. Micellar Cleansing Water is the first step to cleanse, purify and refresh your skin while never over-drying Detox Masque absorbs pollutants and impurities while calming, hydrating and protecting your skin from short and long term damage You’ve been on the computer awhile, and while I love that you visited my blog post, shouldn’t it be protected from blue light with the shielding powers of marigold? Be Well, Krista Krista McKowen has over three decades of industry experience. Her writing has been featured in Dermascope, Skin, Inc magazines and on Spa Professional Mexico. Additionally, she has been a featured speaker at numerous skin care conventions.