Sometimes you see someone on TV and you’re like, “Holy toledo, what does he use on his skin?!” Such was the case when I first saw Dr. Harold Lancer, M.D. on a rerun of Oprah recently: his skin was so smooth and shiny, better than most 15-year-olds! Even though he has easy access to Botox, in-house strength chemical peels, and laser treatments, it made me wonder about his skin care products, both the LANCER™ Skin Care line (available at Nordstrom ) and the Lancer 20 Years Younger line (available online ). (FYI: The lines have very similar products, in line with the Lancer method.)
Like many skin care lines, products within the LANCER™ Skin Care line and Lancer 20 Years Younger line were designed not to use with other products. However, if you only try one product, the LANCER™ Skincare Glycolic 10% Facial Cream ($50.00, Nordstrom.com ) is your best bet. I normally do not like products that contain both glycolic acid and vitamin A, because each works best at a different pH. However, the ingredients are liposome-encapsulated. Furthermore, the form of vitamin A is the weaker retinyl palmitate and it is in far lower concentration than glycolic acid, so you can expect the vast majority of your benefits to be stemming from glycolic acid anyway.
The benefits of glycolic acid in LANCER™ Skincare Glycolic 10% Facial Cream are no surprise. Glycolic acid, an AHA, is known for its ability to increase cell turnover and refresh the overall look of the skin. According to Dr. David E. Bank , renowned dermatologist and author of Beautiful Skin, alpha hydroxy acids cause increase exfoliation of the outer layer of skin, unplog pores, hydrate the skin, reverse sun damage in the epidermis , and stimulate collagen and elastin production in the dermis. Unlike other AHAs, glycolic acid also increases the thickness of the skin when used over time ( Dermatologic Surgery, 2001). Considering the vast array of complementary antioxidants in LANCER™ Skincare Glycolic 10% Facial Cream - vitamins A, C, E, Co-Q10 and green tea extract – I’d give this one a tremendous 9/10 (High concentration of proven ingredients: 3/3. Unique formulation or new technology: 3/3. Value for the money: 2/3. Sunscreen or sun-protection boosting ingredients: 1/1).
Overall, I like LANCER™ Skin Care products, so it’s rather hard for me to pick a “least favorite.” Nonetheless, if I had to choose one not to buy, it would be the LANCER™ Skin Care 10% Vitamin C Cream . Why? First of all, the packaging makes it almost impossible for L-ascorbic acid not to oxidize, losing effectiveness over time. And even if the proprietary patented ingredient matrix keeps the vitamin C as stable as promised, it certainly would not have hurt to put the cream in an airtight container.
Second, the only benefit in LANCER™ Skin Care 10% Vitamin C Cream is vitamin C. No other synergistic antioxidants, no specialized hydrators like hyaluronic acid – just silicones and a stabilizer.
Will LANCER™ Skin Care 10% Vitamin C Cream brighten your skin and increase collagen production over time? Sure. But when there are creams out there with more vitamin C, airtight containers, and other specialized ingredients, I’m going to pass.
There are not a lot of bells-and-whistles with the LANCER™ Skin Care line – a strong amount of antioxidants and alpha hydroxy acids, some of which are encapsulated and/or micronized. However, given that the vast majority of the ingredients used are well-substantiated, I give LANCER™ Skin Care high marks. Due to the number of potent ingredients, I would recommend it most strongly for those with mature and dry skin, and would caution those with sensitive skin to be careful. If given the choice of just one product, I would choose the LANCER™ Skincare Glycolic 10% Facial Cream .
So fairly recently I was sent a sample of Lara Beauty Polishing Microdermabrasion Scrub ($24.00, LaraBeauty.com ). I must admit I was a little skeptical: any time I’ve tried microdermabrasion in the past, I’ve almost always had to compensate with moisturizers for a few days. (And occasionally with a helmet…kidding).