The Method: Cleanse

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$55 - 4.05 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Face/Body Cleansers
Last Updated:
2/18/2014
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Tested On Animals:
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The Method: Cleanse is a good, albeit pricier, water-soluble facial wash ideal for those with combination to oily skin types. If you have dry skin, you may find this mild, gel-like formula unsuitable in contrast to lotion or cream-based formulas. This low-foaming cleanser contains a mix of gentle cleansing agents, skin-softening ingredients and it removes most types of makeup.

The only reason this didn't earn a BEST is the inclusion of fragrance in the form of lavender oil. Those with sensitive skin may want to avoid this as a result—however most may find there is too low of an amount to be of concern given this is a rinse-away product (but do use extra caution when applying this around your eyes).

Nonetheless, there are many fragrance-free options available (at lower cost) in our list of Best Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) section, where you may sort by skin type.

One more comment: the salicylic acid (also known as BHA) in this cleanser cannot exfoliate skin due to the low amount used, the product's pH, and the fact that when added to a cleanser, salicylic acid is rinsed from skin before it has much chance to work.

Pros:
  • Mild cleansing agents.
  • Light, low-foam formula is a good choice for oily to combination & blemish-prone ski.
  • Includes ingredients to help soften skin without leaving a residue behind.
Cons:
  • Expensive—there are as good (or better) options for much less.
  • Contains a small amount of lavender oil, which may be a problem for some.

This gentle, lightly-foaming cleanser is enriched with a rice amino acid complex, moisture-rich hydrators and skin soothing agents. It gently removes daily impurities and prepares skin to receive further treatments.

Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PPG-2 Hydroxyethyl Cocamide, Glycerin, Glycol Distearate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Yeast Amino Acids, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Trehalose, Sodium PCA, Salicylic Acid, Inositol, Taurine, Urea, Betaine, Panthenol, Polyquaternium-4, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchoroisothiazolinone, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool.

Dr. Harold Lancer is a Beverly Hills dermatologist with celebrity clientele, two credentials that pique the interest of many women interested in skin care. His specialty is cosmetic rejuvenation and, like many dermatologists before him, Lancer has his own line of products: Lancer Dermatology Skincare.

Lancer's skin-care line is built around four steps: polish, cleanse, nourish, and protect. According to Lancer, these steps work for every skin type or aging concern. The polish (i.e. scrub) step involves applying a fairly abrasive, alkaline scrub before cleansing. Lancer's idea is that the polish loosens soil and cellular debris, which the cleanser you apply next will easily wash away.

After you cleanse, you're supposed to nourish skin with an anti-aging moisturizer. During the day, you're advised to protect your skin with sunscreen and, occasionally, if needed, you can apply a treatment product (such as a vitamin C cream).

Although Lancer's method is being hailed as unique or somehow different, it's ultimately nothing new to the skin-care industry: Exfoliation is necessary for younger-looking skin (but scrubs aren’t the best way to get this benefit), sun protection is vital, and a moisturizer loaded with skin-repairing ingredients helps replace what young skin produces naturally before it becomes damaged.

The polish (scrub) before the cleansing step is a new twist, but it's actually a problem if you're wearing makeup. Scrubbing skin before you remove your makeup will grind the makeup deeper into your pores, making it harder for the cleanser to remove. If anything, you should cleanse first, polish second.

Although Lancer's method is being hailed as unique or somehow different, it's about as interesting as white bread. If anything, it's a mix of dated and modern concepts built on information that researchers have known about for years: Exfoliation is necessary for younger-looking skin (but scrubbing isn't the best way to get this benefit), sun protection is vital, and a moisturizer loaded with skin-repairing ingredients helps replace what young skin produces naturally before it becomes damaged.

Unfortunately, Lancer’s scrubs are all alkaline (high pH) and contain overly abrasive scrub ingredients and fragrance extracts that skin doesn’t need. The nighttime moisturizers are all packaged in jars (exposing their beneficial ingredients to air), and the one sunscreen in the line is alcohol based (which isn’t a good thing for skin, as we’ll discuss in the product review).

There are some highlights in the line, such as good options for a 10% vitamin C treatment and AHA exfoliant, but ultimately you don’t need to spend this much to have healthy, younger-looking skin. In fact, because many of Lancer's products contain one or more problematic ingredients, you may end up thinking, “why bother?”

For more information about Lancer Dermatology Skincare, call (310) 278-8444 or visit http://www.lancerskincare.com/.

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