External factors like pollution, light, climate and irritants harm and age your skin. When your skin is unexposed to these factors, you age confidently and beautifully.
The surprising reality: Levels inside are even higher than outside. Emissions from paint, carpeting, plastics, stovetop cooking gases, and nicotine are a nearly constant assault on the skin, as we spend almost 90% of our time indoors.
Outdoor pollution levels from cars, construction sites, power plants, incinerators, fires, and dust are increasing alarmingly and recognized as a major health risk. Not unexpected, then, that people in more densely populated Northeast cities like New York with higher pollution levels have more wrinkles.
The skin is the body’s natural protective barrier. But pollution particles are up to 30 times smaller than pores, which means they can penetrate and disrupt the healthy surface and damage deeper layers of skin, resulting in inflammation, collagen and elastin breakdown, and premature skin cell death. What does this look like? Rough texture, fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, and redness.
Standard antioxidant formulas protect from oxygen free radical damage. But the effects of pollution are also the result of nitrogen free radicals. That’s why Dr. Loretta’s formulas contain Lipochroman®, the only antioxidant that protects against both. The formulas also feature deeply penetrating antioxidant Vitamin C, algae peptides, and essential oils to help reduce the breakdown of collagen and elastin and to promote the formation of new collagen.
But research now shows that high energy visible rays (HEV light) also lead to significant photo damage and skin aging. HEV exposure comes not only from the sun but from indoor light, too—computer monitors, mobile phones, energy efficient fluorescent and LED lights.
It’s estimated that the average American spends around eight hours a day in front of a screen. That’s a real complexion concern: Accumulated exposure to UVB, UVA, and HEV light causes uneven skin pigment, loss of firmness, wrinkles, rough texture, and sensitivity.
The formulas contain powerful antioxidants like Chromabright®, Lipochroman®, and Vitamin C to neutralize free radicals and correct damage caused by UV and HEV radiation.
Cold weather depletes moisture-trapping lipids, causing dryness, itching, and irritation. Indoor heating and air-conditioning also strip skin of moisture. Warmer weather can increase oiliness and acne.
For the most effective moisture replenishment, Dr. Loretta’s formulas incorporate bioidentical lipids and marine peptides. To reduce excessive oiliness without drying the skin, the formulas contain perfectly adjusted pH levels of glycolic and salicylic acids combined with essential oils and marine extracts.
Ingredients meant to improve the skin’s condition can lead instead to redness, flaking, rough texture, and sensitivity. Topical brighteners like hydroquinone, kojic acid, and tretinoin can make the skin light sensitive, potentially worsening dark spots and redness.
To protect against irritation, Dr. Loretta’s formulas are free of these commonly used ingredients: