Advanced C Radiance Cream Vitamin C Collagen Cofactor 10x

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$75 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Skin Care > Serums > Serums
Last Updated:
2/18/2014
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Tested On Animals:
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Advanced C Radiance Cream Vitamin C Collagen Cofactor 10x is a serum-type treatment that contains excellent blend of two anti-aging superstar ingredients—stabilized vitamin C (ascorbic acid) at a 10% concentration and the vitamin A ingredient retinol. Both of these ingredients have decades of scientific and medical research demonstrating their benefits on a spectrum of signs of aging, from wrinkles to brown spots.

A waterless blend of silicones, polymers and emollients like shea butter provides a silky finish and moisturized feel that is best for combination to dry skin—those with oily & acne-prone skin may prefer a lighter formula.

Vitamin E (as tocopheryl acetate) provides an antioxidant boost and helps stabilize both the ascorbic acid and retinol, while bisabolol adds anti-irritant benefit.

The only reason this earned a GOOD and didn't rank a Beautypedia BEST is the uncertainty around the amount of lavender oil in the formula. Lavender oil is a rather iffy ingredient due to the relatively low amounts needed to exert irritant response on skin. It's not as clear how much is present, but the scent of lavender is obvious when applying to skin (and it tends to linger on the face).

Those with sensitive skin should special note, as the added presence of fragrance in combination with a 10% ascorbic acid treatment may prove to be more than their skin can tolerate.

Pros:
  • Contains 10% stabilized ascorbic acid + retinol
  • Includes a blend of skin-identical and moisturizing ingredients
Cons:
  • Contains added fragrance in the form of lavender oil.

This smooth, water-free cream with 10% vitamin C and retinol is formulated to help boost skin's radiance, aid its ability to produce collagen, and lessen the appearance of UV damage and other signs of aging.

Cyclopentasiloxane, Ascorbic Acid, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, DI-C12-15 Alkyl Fumarate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone, Polysilicone-11, Retinol, Bisabolol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Lavandula Angustfolia (Lavender) Oil, 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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