What is it?
A clinical skincare system for glow.
What did I try?
What is the key ingredient?
The Method: Polish – quartz and sodium bicarbonate crystals (physical exfoliant), pumpkin and pomegranate enzymes (chemical exfoliant), brown sea algae (globally corrective).
The Method: Cleanse – sodium PCA (pH-balancing), rice protein (softening), amino acids (hydrating).
Retexturizing Treatment Cream Glycolic Acid 10x – glycolic acid (resurfacing), CoQ10 (antioxidant), phospholipids (hydrating).
The Method: Nourish – nasturtium flower extract (glow), hexapeptide 48 (treats fine lines), polyphenol (antioxidant).
What’s not so great about the ingredients?
Lavender oil for fragrance, sodium laureth sulfate as a surfactant (though Cleanse is pH balanced so this is not so bad).
How long did I use it?
A week, exclusively.
How long should you use it?
You should see immediate brightness, but wait a month to see a difference in surface congestion and three months for fine lines.
Who is it for?
Those with dull, tired, rough skin that either has a bit of congestion or the beginnings of fine lines.
Who is it not for?
Lancer has treatments for more dramatic signs of aging, like loss of elasticity and hyper pigmentation; The Method is a three-step targeted routine, so don’t expect it to fix more specific issues.
What will I see different with my skin?
Skin is softer, more reflective of light, has more bounce, and is less prone to congestion.
How does it work?
Polish works as a daily chemical and physical exfoliant, removing surface debris. Cleanse is a pH-balanced cleanser which prepares the skin for further treatment. Nourish is a lightly-hydrating cream which offers antioxidant benefits while a proprietary peptides aids in the repair of collagen to promote firmer skin with less-defined fine lines. Retexturizing Treatment is a glycolic treatment with a mild hydrating element; use daily or every-other-day to promote collagen production and resurface skin more deeply.
Lancer has thoroughly impressed me. I was rather apprehensive about trying a routine which calls for a daily scrubbing with crystals, a sulfate-laden cleanser, and a moisturizer with 10% glycolic acid (for obviously reasons) but I am shockingly amazed. Lancer Polish feels like a spa-grade scrub, but it leaves skin rather luminous and there is no data to confirm physical scrubs cause ‘microtears’ so no need to fret on that. Lancer Cleanser is innocuous, though a thorough wash. Lancer Retexturizing Treatment Cream with Glycolic Acid 10x is pricey though potent, and as a nightly serum it adds hydration and brilliance to the skin; look to it for chemical retexturing and to plump-up fine lines. I followed it with Lancer Nourish because I needed the extra bit of comfort. The ingredients of the collection are no-frills, very clinical, and I appreciate the instant results you see while waiting for the long-term benefits of glycolic acid. All-in-all, it’s a clinical routine that gives good, sustainable glow.
Would I use it again?
Yes. Though it is rather pricey, I thoroughly enjoyed each and every step. It was quick to do, but the results were gratifying. The Polish is intensive, and Cleanse is shockingly balancing despite the surfactant. Retexturizing Treatment is great, though $105 is a lot for glycolic acid. Nourish is far too overpriced; for $160 you can do far better.
The Method: Polish – Algenist Triple-Action Micropolish & Peel, Pixi Peel & Polish.
The Method: Cleanse – Algenist Purifying & Replenishing Cleanser.
Retexturizing Treatment Cream Glycolic Acid 10x – Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Treatment.
The Method: Nourish – Perricone MD Deep Moisture Therapy.