Kim Kardashian. She’s not on my list of role models, but heck, she’s pretty popular, right? And anything she does is popular. So, if you are a big fan of KKW, then you will probably already know that Lancer skincare which she swears by has recently launcehd in to Edinburgh’s Harvey Nichols.
Created by LA dermatologist Dr Lancer, or Harold, as we’re sure KKW calls him, the skincare regimen – called Lancer The Method – was originally formulated solely for customers at his Rodeo Drive practice – of which Kim is one. He believes skin should be polished, cleansed, and nourished, twice daily.
Lancer Skincare is rooted in the belief that skin will begin to look younger if trained to follow a 28 day cycle, resulting in the signature A-List ‘Lancer glow’. Lancer focuses on stimulating the epidermis, or upper-most layer of the skin, shifting the dermis into high gear. Cell turnover speeds up, more collagen and elastin are produced and skin visibly glows – the skin effectively begins to follow a more youthful cycle, becoming more resilient and younger looking. Wow. What’s not to love.
Dr Lancer today keeps and active global patient base of over 30,000 people (eh? How is that even possible?!), including some of the worlds’ most beautiful and recognisable faces, all of whom trust in his expertise, cutting edge technology, and of course, his incredible skin care line.
Some of his celebrity clientele, along with Kim, are the Beckhams, Beyoncé, Adele, Jennifer Lopez, Scarlett Johansson, Khloe Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Megan Fox, Margot Robbie, Anne Hathaway, Katy Perry, Hugh Jackman, Simon Cowell, Lionel Ritchie, Gerard Butler, Tom Cruise, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson – to name just a few! Phew!
So, what’s it like?
Well, I was very generously sent four products from his range tailored to my skin – which is, at the moment ‘a bit red, a bit blothcy, a bit dry but not too wrinkly’ – technical, eh?! And those products included the three-step Lancer method.
So, the first step in The Lancer Method is Polish. The product – The Method: Polish (£60) is a resurfacing treatment which targers easrly signs of ageing – maybe I’m a bit beyond that – and reveals glowing and radiant skin. So, it combines chemical and physical exfoliants. Pumpkin and pomegranate enzymes gently loosen the bonds that hold dead cells to the surface, and Magnesium crystals slough off dulling surface cells, dirt and debris, helping minimise the look of pores and fine lines. Winged kelp, rich in amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, helps hydrate and leaves skin smooth, soft and refreshed. I’m not going to lie, I have been a wee bit lax with this every day thing, but I enjoyed using this – my skin felt really clean, and I hadn’t even cleansed yet.
Next up, The Method: Cleanse (£48), a lightly foaming cleanser and not a cleanser type I like using really.Enriched with amino acids and soothing Aloe Vera, the cleanser is pH-balanced and does result in skin not having that tight feeling you get when you use foaming cleansers. BHA – that’s Beta Hydroxy Acid, or Salicylic Acid, does help with skin texture, but it’s more suited to oily complexions, traditionally. But Dr Lancer knows best, so who am I to argue?
Following the cleanser I was desperate to moisturise, but that feeling diminished after a week or so. Part three of the process is The Method: Nourish (£105), an anti-ageing moisturiser which hydrates and provides key anti-ageing benefits.
It contains nurturing avocado and fruit oils to help with moisture, as well as the classic hyaluronic acid and some peptides to further boost the skin’s hydration level – and help with those fine lines and wrinkles. It’s a nice, creamy moisturiser, and you don’t need loads, which is just as well at £105.
I was also sent Lancer’s Advanced Radiant Treatment Vitamin C (£70) which is a Retinol product which helps with dullness and discoloration. It’s infused with 10% stabilised vitamin C, and is water-free. I have been having a few issues with some pigmentation on my face of late, and this is helping. Retinol is a great ingredient for exfoliating dull surface cells, but be careful in the sun after use.
All in all, this is a pretty involved skincare routine twice a day and I sometimes failed. But if you are really into your skincare, and really into celebrity skincare, then it’s a brand worth checking out.