By: Brielle Kirk, PA-C
Do you ever wonder if the environment can affect your skin? If so, you’re not alone! Unfortunately we live in a polluted world where impurities can cause detrimental effects to the skin. Because of this, medical professionals and scientists have been working diligently together to create a product that delivers protection to the skin. Luckily, that product is currently out on the market! SkinMedica has created the Lumivive Defense-Revitalize System, which helps to protect, detoxify, and restore damage to the skin. The system is a daytime/nighttime duo, and I will be explaining the daytime “defense” part of that system!
Lumivive Day Damage Defense Serum has two main functions. Firstly, it protects against blue light, which is a high energy, visible light that can penetrate the skin deeper than UV rays from the sun! Nowadays, we are CONSTANTLY exposed to blue light and it’s difficult to escape! Examples of blue light include LED and fluorescent lights commonly found in lightbulbs. Also, blue light is emitted from screens, such as from computers and cell phones. Being exposed to this light can cause early signs of skin aging: fine lines, wrinkles, and saggy skin. It can also lead to increased skin hyperpigmentation, or dark spots. The antioxidant ingredients in this product that protects against blue light are theobroma cacao seed extract and bioflavonoids that engage the skin’s biobarrier
Secondly, the day serum defends the skin against environmental air pollutants, like smoke, chemicals from cars and factories, and debris. These pollutants also contribute to skin aging and hyperpigmentation, but can also cause dry/itchy skin and acne. The antioxidant ingredients in this product that help protect us from air pollution are called alteramonas ferment extract and the bioflavonoids described above.
There were 12 global clinical studies conducted on the Lumivive System that spanned 7 countries, including 3 of the most polluted cities in the world. One study, done in New Delhi, India, showed improvements in skin damage and even-ness beginning at week 4, and continued improvements at week 8. Also, a study in the US showed improvement in skin radiance, redness and discoloration by week 12.
As you can tell, this product is great! It is appropriate for all skin types, all ages and can be incorporated into any skincare regime. It is super easy to use as well! You apply one pump to the skin after cleansing, toning and applying a growth factor serum. If you have not worked up to toning or applying a growth factor serum quite yet, this product will come immediately after cleansing the skin. The Lumivive System is readily available at any of our L-Aesthetics & Longevity locations for purchase, so do not hesitate to reach out to us about this product. Look out for part 2 of this blog post where Mary will detail the benefits of the night-time serum!