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Skincare Secrets With Dr. Lancer

We caught up with Hollywood’s favourite dermatologist, Dr. Harold Lancer, to talk skincare, the three-step Lancer Method, SPF and, ultimately, to discover the need-to-know secrets behind A-List-worthy, youthful skin…

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What would you say is the key to younger-looking skin?

There are many secrets, but your skincare programme is the first main pillar. Then, there are other things that go into it: stress reduction, normal exercise routines and, of course, nutrition. Those are the four pillars of looking our very best.

So what should our skincare routine look like?

Virtually every routine is based on the concept of some kind of cleanser, toner, and moisturiser. That’s the order, and it’s always been that way. Instead, I say that the biology of skin requires a proper exfoliant on a daily basis first, rinsing the exfoliant which is both mechanical and enzyme-based, and then using the cleanser to soothe and remove debris before finishing with the anti-inflammatory product. So it was always three steps, but the reversal of the order is because of the biology of skin. It’s now Polish, Cleanse, Nourish.

There is now far greater emphasis on skincare science, so what makes The Method really stand out?

The Lancer Method has antioxidants, nutrient protein peptides, and anti-inflammatory components, so in terms of chemistry, it’s all there. But the true chemistry is in the delivery systems. It’s a skincare programme that actually delivers, because the programme not only uses the finest quality ingredients, but the delivery process has also been perfected.

"Different people will be able to use The Method differently depending on their skin type. So you might opt for the Blemish Polish, the Anti-Aging Cleanse and the Sensitive Nourish; the programme can be tailored to individual needs. It essentially gives you infinite possibilities for a lifelong course of treatment."
Is there a secret to skincare application?

There is most definitely a method to The Method. The polish was designed to be used in the shower. Let the steam from the water dampen the skin, and then the polish is applied droplet by droplet in a circular motion covering the entire face, neck, and décolleté. That should take about two minutes, and then it’s all rinsed off. You also apply the cleanser in the shower, then apply other products after; whether it’s the Intensive Night Treatment, the Lift Serum Intense, whichever products best suit your needs.

When is the best time to use The Method?

Preferably in the evening, because the majority of metabolic repair that occurs in tissue is during sleep hours. So the evening is when you do the work for restoring the skin, that’s when the glycolics and the retinoids and all these other products are used to mix a palette of perfection. The skin absorbs the products better and utilises them better while you are at rest.

Should we also be using face masks?

Masks offer a great added option to an overall skincare protocol. If used in tandem with the Lancer Method they function as a booster, stimulating a more precise absorption of nutrients from other integral parts of the program.

What masks should we be using in that case?

The Lancer Younger Revealing Mask Intense is completely innovative in formulation and application. The magnet removal system is precisely tuned to the frequency of the iron oxide powder delivery. In this way, it’s a complete match between the magnet and the product formula. They are designed so that the uniqueness of the mask’s composition and the magnetic force that manages the removal is perfectly in tune, offering the ultimate payload in anti-ageing benefits. Meanwhile, the Lancer Lift & Plump Sheet Mask is a quick rescue hydration mask for people who are literally parched; it’s ideal for day-of event use due to its staged hyaluronic acid release.

What is SPF?

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor which, contrary to popular belief, does not indicate the number of minutes you will be protected from UV light, but rather the factor of protection you are receiving. For example, by using a SPF 10, you are protected for ten times longer than your skin could normally withstand UV light without becoming damaged. This means that if you are usually able to be in direct sun for only five minutes before you burn, an SPF of 10 would mean you are protected for 50 minutes. If possible, have someone help you apply your sunscreen if you are going to be wearing a bathing suit. Many skin cancers and sun damage occur in areas that people can’t reach or see, like the back, tops of shoulders and scalp.  

Is using SPF an absolute must?

If there is enough light for you to see without the use of a flashlight then there is enough light to damage your skin. It is important for day-to-day use in all seasons, in all climates, in all locations on the globe. UV light is able to penetrate cloud cover, and even though it may feel as if you are protected from the light, at a cellular level you are at just as much of a risk.

"If there is enough light for you to see without the use of a flashlight then there is enough light to damage your skin"
Should we use different sunscreen formulas for face and body?

This is really a matter of personal preference, although I would not recommend someone use a body formula on the face due to the possibility of clogged pores or irritation. If you find a facial sunscreen that you like, feel free to use it on your neck, chest, ears, tops of your shoulders and back. As long as you are using a sunscreen with adequate protection, you should be fine.

Finally, what is the ultimate skincare secret?

It’s you. You need to see how your skin responds to your skincare routine, then add and retract certain parts of the programme on an individual needs basis. Your skin’s needs are different at different ages and in different environments. The Method products cover the entire spectrum and are designed to provide a benefit, but the real secret is that you have to be actively involved in the process of looking your best.