“Skincare doesn’t have to be complicated to be effective.” – Lancer Rx
OVERALL RATING: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10)
After Dr. Harold Lancer made an appearance on Oprah in April 2011 to promote the book “20 Years Younger” which he co-wrote with Bob Greene, Lancer Rx products literally flew off the shelves and nearly crashed the website’s server. Why? Yes, because Oprah said so. But Lancer Rx is an incredibly simple 3 part system that will bring improvement to fine lines, texture, discoloration and pore size in about a week’s time.
While I’m happy with the products I’m currently using (Sircuit Skin), I had to give this system a try – and I love that its basically 2 steps morning and night and does not require an additional eye cream or serum. I do add a sunscreen product daily – and Lancer Rx offers PROTECT | Antioxidant Sunscreen ($34/3.5fl.oz.) if you want to stay within the line.
I’m committing to the Lancer Method for 18 days to see what the system can do for my pores, redness and moderate fine lines
DAY THREE (08/08/2011): I received the Lancer Rx Starter Set (Natural Sea Mineral Polish, Exfoliating Blemish Cleanser & AM/PM Nourishing Treatment) from Lancer Dermatology for review on August 04, 2011. The first thing I did was put away the plethora of cleansers, exfoliating products, moisturizers and serums that I had on my vanity to prevent me from cheating. To be honest, I had been using primarily Sircuit Skin products with great results, so the bar has been set a bit high to start.
Since I just used a enzyme peel the morning I received the Lancer Method, I skipped the Polish and went straight to Cleanse. Other than the annoying beads that occasionally get stuck in your hair, the cleanser has a neutral scent and a pleasant cooling feeling due to the menthol. Per the directions, I massage it on a damp face before adding a little more water to produce a moderate lather. Exfoliating Blemish Cleanser rinses fairly well and did not leave my skin unusually tight – rather, my skin felt very clean and fresh. Though there are ingredients that have a track record of being irritants, my sensitive skin hasn’t reacted thus far.
The Nourishing Treatment is the product I was most interested in since it can be used on the eye area and does not require a serum/moisturizer combination. It has a medium consistency that doesn’t feel heavy on the skin, but does not evaporate immediately. My face does look quite shiny during the day if I don’t wear makeup, but in its defense, the weather has been particularly warm and humid which could also account for the slight redness in my cheeks. I don’t see any notable changes in my skin – but it was in good condition at the start of the test.
I used the Polish on Day 2 and while I really like it, I’m not sure its worth the $50 yet. You only need a small amount to effectively exfoliate and skin is left super soft and clean.
Overall my skin is the same so far – no change in tone, texture or feel. It is a little less oily throughout the day, but I have a little itchiness on my cheeks and hairline, although it may just be from the extra heat we’ve been experiencing. Pressing on…
DAY TEN (08/14/2011): I have to be honest. This product isn’t working out the way I had hoped. After DAY FIVE, I started getting itchy red patches on my cheeks which is my common reaction to cosmetics. In subsequent days, I tried to work the products in differently. I stopped using the cleanser twice a day, which may have been too harsh for twice daily use, reintroduced an eye cream since my eye area was starting to get dry and stopped using the Polish all together (temporarily).
I’m going to recommit to the routine since sometimes skin goes through an adjustment period. There was only a minor chin breakout – I didn’t expect any since I haven’t had a blemish since I started using Sircuit Skin (their Savior cleanser has 2% Salicylic Acid – so my skin already “purged”) but it quickly healed. I will give it one more week – but if the rash on my cheeks persist I will have to pull the plug on this test. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!
DAY EIGHTEEN (08/23/2011): I’m now on Day 18 and must confess that I’ve cheated quite a bit. My skin is no better than when I started, but please read the final review before making your decisions.
At present, the irritation that was caused by the Blemish Cleanser and/or Polish has subsided since I stopped using it. The cleanser was too harsh to be used 2x a day, although it might work well on someone with an oilier or more acne prone skin type. This possibly set off a chain reaction that was difficult to recover from.
I humbly ask that the annoying and useless beads in the cleanser be removed.
Still, the Polish step was an obvious irritant – and each time I used it, a rash would pop up on my cheeks and hair line. I don’t think it’s gentle enough for those with rosacea, but again – those who can tolerate a stronger scrub may fair better with this product since it did initially leave my skin very smooth.
Nourish AM/PM Nourishment step is the Lancer Method savior. With a remarkable number of peptides, Nourish will more than likely aid in diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The formulation is possibly too multi-purpose and it may have worked better as a serum/moisturizer duo instead of a combination. Drier skins feel like its not enough moisture and oilier skins will find themselves a bit glossy. Using it like a night cream over a face and eye serum seemed to work the best. Once I discontinued using the Cleanser and Polish, this seemed to make my skin softer and dewier in the morning with little irritation.
FINAL ROAR: I’m not giving up on Lancer Rx. As I stated in the beginning of the review, the bar was set quite high. While I was unimpressed with the cleanser (oh those darn beads) and unable to successfully use the Polish on my sensitive skin – the Nourish AM/PM Nourishment has a strong ingredient list and I will continue to integrate it into my routine and report back with any notable discoveries. Of the three, it is the “star” of the Method and is worth the $100 to see what it can do for a skin type that has more issues with wrinkles and fine lines.
LANCER Rx STEP ONE: Polish/Exfoliate | Natural Sea Mineral Polish
PRODUCT RATING:★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ (6/10)
PRICE DETAILS: $50/2fl.oz. – Plastic tube (♦♦♦♦♦)
SKIN TYPES: All skin types, including those with rosacea.
ABOUT LANCER Rx POLISH: The LANCERx Polish is an advanced exfoliator, removing dull, dead skin cells and leaving the skin noticeably smoother and more radiant. The natural sea minerals immediately energize the skin without causing redness (even for people with rosacea) and prepare it for effective cleansing.
LANCER Rx POLISH – NATURAL SEA MINERALS INGREDIENTS: Sodium Bicarbonate, PEG-8, Ethoxydiglycol, Magnesium Oxide, Glycerin, Oleth-20, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Trihydroxystearin, Papain, Bromelain, Retinyl Palmitate, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Leaf Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate.
LANCER Rx STEP TWO: Cleanse | Exfoliating Blemish
PRODUCT RATING:★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ (6/10)
PRICE DETAILS: $50/4fl.oz. – Plastic Tube (♦♦♦♦♦)
SKIN TYPES: Combination, Oily, Acne Prone
ABOUT LANCER Rx CLEANSE | EXFOLIATING BLEMISH: This lightly foaming cleanser from Lancer Rx keeps blemishes at bay. Exfoliating beads and salicylic acid work to slough away pore-clogging debris and dead skin cells, while killing acne-causing bacteria and reducing inflammation. Skin is left radiantly clean, clear and calm.
LANCER RX CLEANSE | EXFOLIATING BLEMISH INGREDIENTS: Water, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Acrylates Copolymer, Cocamidopropyl Betaine*, Glycerin, Polyethylene, Triethanolamine, Disodium Lauroamphoacetate, Polyethylene, Mannitol, Cellulose, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Biosaccharide Gum – 1, Sodium PCA, Salicylic Acid, Panthenol, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Polysorbate 20, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Methylchloroisothiazolanine*, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance.
*Cocamidopropyl Betaine – Cocamidopropyl betaine is a synthetic surfactant; it has been associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis, reactions that could be due to the ingredient itself or to impurities present in it, such as 3-dimethylaminopropylamine.
*Methylchloroisothiazolanine – a widely-used preservative. has been associated with allergic reactions.
LANCER Rx STEP THREE: Nourish | AM/PM Nourishment
PRODUCT RATING:★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)
PRICE DETAILS: $100/2oz. – Plastic Tube (♦♦♦♦♦)
SKIN TYPES: Anti-aging for all skin types.
ABOUT LANCER Rx NOURISH | AM/PM NOURISHMENT: AM/PM Nourishing Treatment is a potent, anti-aging treatment super-charged with a mutli-peptide complex and essential age-defying ingredients. AM/PM Nourishing Treatment restores skin firmness and visibly diminishes the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
LANCER Rx REPAIR – AM/PM NOURISHING TREATMENT INGREDIENTS: Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride , C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cyclopentasiloxane , Glycerin, Butylene Glycol,Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Dimethicone, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Lancer Proprietary CRT Oxygen Complex-, Lecithin, Perfluorodecalin, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Propolis Extract, Propylene Glycol, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Ascorbic Acid, Stearic Acid, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Human Oligopeptide-1, Human Oligopeptide-13, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Yeast Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Echinacea Angustifolia Extract, Imperata Cylindrica Extract, Sigesbeckia Orientalis Extract Wheat Amino Acids, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Retinyl Palmitate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate Urea, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Glucosamine HCl, Tocopherol, Carnosine, Phytonadione , Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Human Oligopeptide-3, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract , Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.
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