This fragrance-free moisturizer with vitamin C is one of a handful of treatment products Dr. Lancer recommends in addition to his core routine. Despite the abundance of research proving that vitamin C has benefits for skin (chief among them are fading signs of sun damage, stimulating collagen production, and helping to protect skin from environmental damage), it isn’t the only ingredient to look for; there are other ingredients that work just as well and your skin needs more than just vitamin C, regardless of how much of it a given product contains.
Although this moisturizer contains a high amount of vitamin C, it doesn’t contain anything else to provide anti-aging benefit. Much like a healthy diet should revolve around a variety of nutritious foods, anti-aging skin-care products must contain a blend of proven ingredients to help your skin look and act younger. That’s simply not what you’re getting here.
Aside from the limited formula, the jar packaging won’t keep the vitamin C stable during use. Within a short period of time after opening this product, the vitamin C will be all but lost, leaving you with an expensive moisturizer whose chief trait is its silky texture. Please see More Info for further details on why jar packaging is a problem.
- Silky, light texture is a pleasure to apply.
- Contains antioxidant vitamin C in a fragrance-free formula.
- Although vitamin C offers multiple benefits, skin needs more than just this ingredient.
- Jar packaging causes the vitamin C to break down and lose effectiveness.
All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria, which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.
This lightweight, silky cream contains 10% stable L-Ascorbic Acid at therapeutically effective concentrations and a pH of 3. This treatment has been specially formulated to help achieve smoother, more radiant-looking skin.
Cyclomethicone, L-Ascorbic Acid, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polysilicone-11, Silicone Polymer, Squalane, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone
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/.