Dr. Loretta Skincare Review & Demo | Brightening Regimen
Hey Beauties — I’m back!
I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted on my blog, but breaks are important and necessary. Plus, I decided to kick off my 6th blogiversary with a fresh rebrand and some new beauty reviews. If you’ve continued to follow me on Instagram, then you’re probably fairly up-to-date on the products I’ve chatted about lately, but now I’m taking a deeper dive into my thoughts on them.
When Dr. Loretta reached out for me to try one of their regimens, I was in the middle of a skincare crisis. Usually, I breakout around the time of my cycle but as soon as I turned 26 in November, my skin and body truly went to shit. Everything felt “off” and very unfamiliar. No matter what I tried, nothing seemed to work for me…so I didn’t really have anything to lose by trying a new clinical routine. I chose the Brightening Regimen try for 2 weeks and lighten my dark spots, but I think it balanced me more. Dr. Loretta’s products fight against pollution, climate, blue light and several other factors that can affect the skin negatively.
Sidenote — I try to stay natural, but sometimes my skin does need something stronger and clinical is the way to go to get things cleared up quickly.
What does '“brightening” mean?
This question seems to be pretty common when I mention brightening. No, this does NOT mean that the products are going to lighten or whiten your skin tone. Brightening simply means that hyperpigmentation and dark spots will be lightened for an overall even skin tone. Now that we’ve addressed that, let’s jump into the reviews…
Step One | Micro-Exfoliating Cleanser
After my first few applications of the Micro-Exfoliating Cleanser, my skin tingled a little bit…but as I got used to it and continued my routine twice a day, the tingling eventually subsided. With 2% Salicylic Acid and extremely gentle exfoliation (the exfoliators are just that — micro), I would even recommend this cleanser to someone with sensitive skin. However, I would suggest rinsing it without a towel as the cleanser exfoliates well enough and the texture may be too much exfoliation depending on your skin. This is a product I definitely continued to use after my 2 weeks of consistent use.
Step Two | Intense Replenishing Serum
One of my favorite things about the replenishing serum is that my skin had plenty of luminosity after application and felt so…well, hydrated and replenished…that I could have stopped on step two of the routine and felt perfectly fine. This particular product served as the big protector against UV radiation and pollution with Lipochroman which are both causes of fine lines and age spots.
Step Three | Intense Brightening Cream
The Intense Brightening Cream was probably my least favorite out of the three products in this routine. I think it was semi-helpful because of the Vitamin C, but I just wasn’t fond of how it made my skin feel afterwards. I felt super matte and almost dry, and I’m not quite used to that with my creams. Preferably, I like to feel hydrated with a moisturizer. Towards the end of my two-week trial, I started replacing this product with other creams especially at night.
One thing to definitely keep in mind when using a product with Vitamin C is to make sure you are using SPF. Of course, we should all be using SPF anyway…but it is very important in this instance because you will likely become sun sensitive.
After the two weeks were over, I did let up on the full routine so I could try some other products, but I didn’t stop incorporating my favorites in my routine. I specifically continued to use the Micro-Exfoliating Cleanser and Intense Replenishing Serum.