This ridiculously priced scrub is mostly baking soda (it’s the first ingredient) with some beneficial ingredients such as antioxidants added. However, in a scrub, all of the ingredients, including the beneficial ingredients, are just rinsed down the drain.
Looking at the price, if you use a quarter-size amount of this scrub as directed per use, it’ll be gone in less than a month! If that fact and the high price aren’t enough to dissuade you, consider that this scrub’s abrasive texture and lavender oil fragrance can cause significant irritation. The irritation from this product’s texture and the fragrant oil hurts your skin’s ability to heal and produce healthy collagen, which isn’t the way to look younger. Fragrance, whether natural or synthetic, is another source of the kind of irritation that keeps skin from looking its best.
The texture is the big concern. Based on Lancer’s philosophy of polishing skin, this overly abrasive scrub is easy to overdo, which can cause inflamed, flaky, sensitive skin that doesn’t act young and healthy. The longer you use this scrub, the grittier it feels, and that’s not good for skin.
For manual exfoliation this product doesn’t compare to just using a gentle washcloth with a well-formulated water-soluble cleanser. For superior overall exfoliation that also improves signs of aging and builds collagen, a well-formulated AHA (alpha hydroxy acid; active ingredient is glycolic or lactic acid) or BHA (beta hydroxy acid; active ingredient is salicylic acid) is overwhelmingly preferred. You’ll find great examples of these types of exfoliants in our Best Products section.
- Does manually exfoliate skin.
- Doesn’t rinse as easily as it should.
- Fragrant lavender oil is a source of irritation and is problematic for use around the eyes.
- Contains skin-damaging hydrogen peroxide and perfluorodecalin, an ingredient that makes the hydrogen peroxide more potent.
Many of Lancer’s products contain what’s labeled Lancer Proprietary Liposome Complex. (A liposome is a delivery system that involves packaging ingredients inside a fatty acid that your skin can absorb.) The recipe may be proprietary, but what’s in this blend is clearly stated on the label, and it’s a mix of good and bad for your skin, and at these prices, or any price for that matter, bad should not be tolerated.
The Complex combines antioxidants, which your skin does need, with ingredients known to produce damaging free radicals, such as hydrogen peroxide, which your skin absolutely does not need.
Research about hydrogen peroxide for skin is clear, and it isn’t good news. Hydrogen peroxide kills skin cells and generates skin-damaging free radicals. There is no research showing hydrogen peroxide has anything to do with repairing skin or fighting wrinkles. Although it can function as a disinfectant, that has nothing to do with younger-looking skin. Besides, the cumulative problems that can arise from exposing your skin to a substance that is known to generate free-radical damage, impair the skin’s healing process, cause cellular destruction, and reduce optimal cell functioning are serious enough that it is better to avoid its use (Sources: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, July 2011, pages 753–761, December 2010, pages 1523–1526; Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, March 2009, pages 127–135; Carcinogenesis, February 2008, pages 404–410; and Cellular and Molecular Biology, April 2007, pages 1–2). Because Lancer combines hydrogen peroxide with the oxygen-boosting ingredient perfluorodecalin, it means the hydrogen peroxide’s detrimental effects are even more severe.
As for lavender oil, it’s a form of fragrance, and daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin’s ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way for all skin types to go. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).