Vitamin C Antioxidant Sunscreen SPF 30 (Discontinued)

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$34 - 3.5 fl. oz.
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Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:
10/7/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This fragrance-free daytime moisturizer with sunscreen is the least expensive and most generously sized product in the Lancer Dermatology skin-care collection. It provides broad-spectrum sun protection that includes zinc oxide for reliable UVA (think anti-aging) screening.

This has a smooth, creamy texture whose initial white cast (from the amount of zinc oxide) becomes transparent once blended and given a moment to set. The formula and its moist finish are best for normal to dry skin not prone to breakouts.

Any well-formulated sunscreen should also contain antioxidants for an environmental and repair boost, and this one does. If you’re curious about Lancer Skincare, this is the product to try. It provides reliable sun protection (a must for skin that looks and acts younger) in an elegant texture that wears well under makeup.

Pros:
  • Smooth cream texture is great for normal to dry skin.
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Contains a range of antioxidants to help boost your skin’s environmental defenses.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • None of significance, but those with dark skin may find the initial white cast from the zinc oxide off-putting.

Antioxidant Sunscreen is a hydrating micronized zinc oxide (z-cote) formulation that delivers ultra-broad SPF protection.

Active: Octinoxate (7.5%), Zinc Oxide (7.0%) Other: Ascorbyl Glucosamine, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ceresin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Coenzyme Q10, Cyclomethicone, Diazolidinyl Urea, Green Tea Extract, Laureth-7, Laurylmethicone Copolyol, Methylparaben, Phospholipids, Polyacrylamide, Propylparaben, Purified Water, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Chloride, Superoxide Dismutase, Tocopheryl Acetate

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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