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Meet Dr Lancer – The Doctor behind Lancer Skincare

Meet Dr Lancer – The Doctor behind Lancer Skincare

Dermatologist to the stars including Victoria Beckham, Beyonce and Kim Kardashian, Dr Lancer has been a trusted resource for some of the world’s most beautiful people for over 30 years. His “less is more” philosophy is at the heart of his medical practice and his skincare collection. The signature Lancer Method comprises of 3 simple steps: Polish, Cleanse and Nourish. You can see a full introduction to this increasingly popular routine over here. For now, we wanted to find out more about the Doctor behind the brand….

Question: What inspired you to create the Lancer Method
Answer:

I began my practice in 1983 and I rapidly learnt that people have very little understanding when it comes to skincare methods. Even today, you’ll have people who think a bar of soap in a hotel is good enough, so the concept of a method needed to be developed.

I see 60 patients a day and of the 60, maybe 10 are new patients. 2 out of 10 of these new people will be skincare virgins, meaning they’ve done virtually nothing, whether that be procedure or skincare. It was here that I soon realised the Lancer Method needed to be developed.

Question: You’ve treated a lot of celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Beyonce and Victoria Beckham to name a few. With their busy lifestyle, what would you recommend to make sure that their skincare routine is quick and effective?
Answer:

Well, If I’m being honest, those people are never rushed on time, they make their living by being flawless. But if you have someone who is rushed on time, they will always do the Polish, Cleanse and Nourish – that’s 2 minutes in the morning and 2 minutes at night.

Question: What does a typical day involve for you?
Answer:

I’m a workaholic so I get up early and from 6:30am on, I see patient’s non-stop. I’m in solo practice and I can often see 60 patients a day.  Of the 60 patients I see, maybe 10 are new patients.

Of these new patients roughly two out of ten of them will be skincare virgins, meaning they’ve done virtually nothing. The other 8 have had something done, whether that’s faulty home skincare or faulty procedures somewhere.

Question: What’s the worst mistake you can make with your skin?
Answer:

I think the number one is overuse, reapplication and failure to remove cosmetic colour at the end of the day. Going to bed with your make-up on is the worst thing you can do. You might as well be giving yourself enlarged pores and blemishes. When you go to bed with your makeup on, you’re suffocating the skin and stopping its normal metabolism.

Question: What are the common mistakes patients make?
Answer:

It tends to be the same – not taking their make-up off before bed, mixing products from different brands and not using Lancer skincare of course! I quickly learnt that people had no respect for skincare, no understanding of what they needed, and they needed to understand a process.  Even today, you’ll have people who think that a bar of soap in a hotel and a shower is good enough to be considered skincare!

Question: You talk a lot about lifestyle factors that affect your skin. In addition to skincare products, what lifestyle changes would you recommend to keep your skin in good health?
Answer:

Stress reduction is critical. If they’re overly stressed, it’ll show on their skin. Stress is a killer because it triggers cortisol and cortisol eats up collagen and elastic tissue. In the world of nutrition, it’s even more important.

In my book there’s a small section about food and skin. Not food and weight-loss, it’s food and skin. I’ve researched it heavily.

Question: How does this differ to the traditional – cleanse, tone, moisturise routine?
Answer:

The majority of brands do follow the cleanse, tone and moisturise concept, so as consumers, we think that’s the correct approach to follow.  But in fact, this has nothing to do with the biology of the skin. Skin needs to be polished before it’s cleansed as this switches the focus from the lower layer of the skin (the dermis) to the outermost layer of the skin (the epidermis).

Question: Does the Method work for all skin types?
Answer:

The brand was developed for all age groups, all genders and every ancestry and ethnicity. We see people from 80 different countries. The Method has a different regime for blemish-prone patients, those concerned with anti-ageing and one for sensitive skin types.

The key to it is that you don’t have a person falling into one category of the three. You can mix and match the steps from each range to create a skincare routine that is tailored to suit your skin.

Question: So, what are your biggest dietary don’ts?
Answer:

The number one offender is caffeine. Caffeine is a huge offender to the skin because it dilates capillaries and makes the skin much oilier, and pores larger. Dairy products make the pores bigger and skin oilier too as the body releases more testosterone. Salt is also a huge offender because when you eat salt, it sucks the water out of your skin and dehydrates your skin. In Western societies the biggest offender is sugar.

Question: What should you eat?
Answer:

In general, poached or grilled meat, fish and chicken are okay with no added salt or spice. For the vegans of the world, tofu, beans and nuts. Leafy green vegetables are all fine, and rapeseed oil, olive oil and a little bit of fruit. I liked iced water to drink. So there’s plenty to eat, and it doesn’t mean you have to stick to it 100% of the time.

Question: What are your best tips to prevent the first signs of ageing?
Answer:

If it’s someone younger, it’s always the trio, and I get them to mix it with the Sheer Fluid Sun Shield because it’ll start a lifetime of sun shielding.

Question: Summer is finally here, can you explain to us why SPF is so important?
Answer:

People pay me a fortune to get rid of their spots, and then they go on some stupid vacation, where they get more spots. When you ask them what they were thinking they say things like, “it was really cloudy and rainy”. We have a saying in the Lancer clinic, “if you can see where you’re going without a flashlight, you need to be wearing sunscreen”. Even at a dinner event, or if you’re dancing on the ballroom floor, there’s enough light to damage the skin.



Kerry Courtney

Kerry Courtney

Skincare Specialist

A self-confessed skincare addict, I’m always on the search for new products to add to my collection! I believe there’s nothing quite as flattering as when your skin heralds a certain luminescence. I’ve recently qualified as a Beauty Therapist, so when I’m not writing about all things beauty, I love nothing more than pampering my friends & family!


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