“I see a dermatologist in LA, called Dr. Harold Lancer, who is incredible. I’ve known him for years – he sorted my skin out… I used to have really problematic skin” – Victoria Beckham
via The Edit
I’ve done some major interviews and giveaways before, but I have never been as excited about an interview or a giveaway as I am right now. Not only is my dermatologist, Dr. Lancer here on PMS, but he’s answering questions about my FAVORITE PRODUCT OF ALL TIME, my OG. This is the holy grail game changer – the one product that I can’t go without and haven’t gone without using everyday, morning and night, for over 4 years.
I owe my skin to Dr. Lancer. Years ago, he was the only person who diagnosed my “acne” as an allergic reaction. Because of this, I found out that I had Celiac Disease. I completely changed my diet, lifestyle, and took all of his recommendations which are in his incredible book. My skin has kept getting better with age as a result.
Dr. Lancer is one of the most sought after skin specialists, not only here in Los Angeles but around the world. Just ask Victoria Beckham, Oprah, Beyonce, Kris Jenner, and Kim Kardashian who swear by his products and trust his approach.
What I appreciate the most about Dr. Lancer is his philosophy on skincare:
“20 years ago, I had an epiphany that became the vision for how I practice dermatology today – my focus is on restoration, not alteration. I believe that the secret to beautiful skin has nothing to do with an artfully wielded laser, an injection or cosmetic surgery. Glowing, healthy skin cannot be attributed solely to magic creams or even the gift of good genes. Genetic fortune can only take you so far. The secret to an extraordinary complexion is your commitment to caring for your skin and health.”
Dr. Lancer has made himself just as accessible to everyone as he is his clients through his book and products. In his book, Dr. Lancer not only breaks down the skincare system he created, he discusses so.many.other things that I never knew influenced skin health and aging. He also provides (this is so good), his own drugstore picks/favorite products. It’s a vast wealth of knowledge from years of practice that, if followed, will turn the state of your skin around in DAYS.
ANYWAY – if you’ve been following me and PMS through the years, you know that from day 1, I haven’t been able to stop expressing just how much his Intensive Night Treatment healed my skin, got it to a point I never thought it would be at in this lifetime, and that it’s the one product I truly can’t go without.
When I was broke a few years ago. I would go to every department store I could just to get samples of this stuff. I would get so excited when no one was at the counter and I could make my own sample (or 4). That didn’t really work or last too long, so I finally decided to save up my money and buy it.
By purchasing it, I actually ended up saving more money and I’ll tell you how. The Intensive Night Treatment serves as many things for me:
- A makeup primer, serum, eye creme, night creme, day creme, and it even calms down hormonal acne when that flares up.
- A little goes a VERY long way (especially if you refrigerate it).
- I also started to notice that I was saving money on makeup – I didn’t need such heavy foundations and 3 different types of concealers for 4 different types of zits with undertones that varied in color.
This product has changed the life of my skin, regenerated my emotional body (I used to be very depressed, insecure, and avoidant because of my problematic skin), and has motivated me to meet its effectiveness half-way through a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Dr. Lancer’s staff all know how obsessed I am with this creme. I am so happy to have him here on PMS and get to ask him more about it.
A lot of “intensive treatments” moisturize the skin very well before bed and then when you wake up, your skin somehow feels drier than before. This is not the case with your Intensive Night Treatment. When I wake up, my skin feels just as moisturized (but not because I applied moisturizer, if that makes sense?), calm, nourished and rejuvenated. What makes the Intensive Night Treatment so different from the rest?
Lancer Skincare products, including the Intensive Night Treatment are layered; they feature a chemistry that involves a multi-staged release of hydrating agents. This means that the various ingredients – vitamin C, vitamin E, retinol, hyaluronic acid – release at different (though even) rates and at different times so you are getting a multi-layered delivery of the active components. The products are working harder longer, for optimal nourishing benefits.
This is particularly ideal during hours of sleep because you need more fuel for the skin to fully take advantage of the nighttime repair. A high-quality product like the Intensive Night Treatment is needed to keep up with the energy demands of the skin.
Avoid products that might rely solely on one or two active ingredients, or have a low concentration of active ingredients. Dryness can definitely result from inferior-grade product compositions.
How is your Intensive Night Treatment so moisturizing, but not heavy or greasy whatsoever? Is it okay that I use it during the day too? I personally use it as a primer under my makeup, alone on days that I don’t need to wear makeup (underneath your spf), and always before I go to bed.
Many products that claim to be hydrating, rely on grease – a greasy goo, low-quality formulation doesn’t penetrate and will just try to seal and reduce evaporation; it’s not adding anything to the skin, it’s merely attempting to reduce the rate of loss. So there is a clear difference in a product like the Intensive Night Treatment that is actually contributing to overall long-term skin health with its hydrating, moisturizing and sealant properties.
The majority of products might be heavy, greasy but they are trying to waterproof the bottom of the boat instead of adding to the structure for a long-term resolve.
It is absolutely fine to use the Intensive Night Treatment during the day as well. Some people may actually require the extra nourishing and reparative benefits. You don’t need to be asleep at nighttime to reap the therapeutic benefits of the product.
Please explain how your Intensive Night Treatment is so healing. Usually, intensive treatments don’t do well when you have active breakouts. This is the only product I can use that seems to calm down redness and inflammation without further irritating any active hormonal breakouts and even dermatitis that I get every now and then.
The Intensive Night Treatment is formulated to be universally hydrating, nourishing and soothing – delivering the good-for-you nutrients that your skin needs. So any incidence of irritation can only be reduced.
I always keep my Intensive Night Treatment in the refrigerator and apply it as you instruct in your book on my face and neck. Is it okay to keep in the fridge?
Yes, I always recommend that the Lancer Skincare products be stored in a refrigerator. You can ensure that the active ingredients are then temperature-regulated and aren’t compromised by external environmental factors.
I feel like this product is perfect for all ages and that it’s also very efficient in the sense that it’s delicate enough for around the eye area, powerful enough for the neck/jawline and extremely calming as well. I describe it as “the ultimate calming and neutralizing glow up.” Do you consider it multi-faceted as well?
It is absolutely multi-faceted. It’s a luxurious, buttery texture and floods the skin with intense moisture but it’s still lightweight for a satisfactory application.
I recommend a small amount, worked into the hairline, applied onto the ears, behind the ears (which is part of the neck), the entire neckline, back of the neckline (the neck from the jawline backward included).
The neckline, shoulder and décolleté are one area of body armor that has treatment value, same as the face, so the night treatment is designed for the face, ears, skin behind the ears, behind the neck to the hairline all the way up to the upper shoulders and décolleté. So you have to sort of be nimble to get this all done but that’s the skin area that’s involved.
Sometimes patients will mix 50/50 with Nourish and apply them together.
I recommend mixing them in the palm of your hand as a palette and then you apply as one product to the face.
Regarding age, I suggest that people begin using the Intensive Night Treatment at 20 years.
I love that you’ve always been an advocate for restoration as opposed to alteration when it comes to skin. Your diagnosis and advice when I first saw you as a patient, all of which I also found in your book, turned my skin around in DAYS. I was able to identify the cause and how I was internally contributing to an environment that had no choice but to purge through my skin. In your opinion, what’s the biggest contributor to skin restoration so that alteration can be eliminated/delayed?
In the world of skincare at Lancer Dermatology, it is all about restoration as opposed to alteration. You want to restore what was naturally there as opposed to creating something that was never there to begin with. So there’s one thing to restore skin color, texture, tone, that you had when you were 18 or 20 years old. It’s another thing to create something that never existed entirely.
Being under the supervision of a board-certified dermatologist is key and will go a long way in lasting skin maintenance. They can guide you on an at-home program and thoughtful lifestyle choices that will delay the need for future repair.
My skin usually gets used to a certain product after a while of continued use. I’ve been using the Intensive Night Treatment every day and night for almost 4 years now and my skin is not dependent on it nor is it used to it – my skin just needs and loves it – like a nourishing meal. How is this product so complimentary as opposed to being a dependency elicitor?
A dynamic skincare program is important. If you’re using the Intensive Night Treatment as it is intended to be used, with the Lancer 3-Step Method as the base and a steady rotation of advanced treatments, this will keep the skin on its toes essentially.
How do emotions and stress affect the quality of our skin?
You can be using all of the best products without fail, eating right, exercising regularly but negative emotions and stress can challenge all of your hard work. Dryness, dullness, redness, blemishes are just some of the ways stress can show up in your complexion.
What’s the worst skincare mistake you can make?
Not being under the care of a board-certified dermatologist. Even if you’re not undergoing continuing treatment for a specific issue, it’s important to see your dermatologist for help when concerns arise, and once or twice a year to ensure overall health.
There’s a tendency to trivialize dermatology but washing your face morning and night should be considered as hygienically important as brushing your teeth, and seeing your dermatologist annually as you would your dentist.
What sets your products apart from other brands?
I am fortunate enough to see people from all over the world and observe first-hand their evolving skincare demands. And from the start, the products have always been thoughtfully formulated as superior solutions to match their needs. It’s important to me that we always offer high-quality products that are going to work hard.
Before I get into the entry rules for the giveaway, I wanted to mention something very exciting for all PMS readers that I’m about to take advantage of the moment I’m done writing this post…
Dr. Lancer is giving PMS readers 15% off their first order from his website.
Orders of $150 or more will receive 5 free samples and free ground shipping (USA only regarding shipping, for the duration of June 2018 only).
Just use code “natasha” at checkout for 15% off your first order. **offer expires July 31st
Now for the GIVEAWAY!
TO WIN DR. LANCER’S INTENSIVE NIGHT TREATMENT, SIMPLY…
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Anyone, anywhere can enter. Winner will be announced on Instagram and DM’d 7/9/18. Deadline to enter is by midnight, pacific standard time 7/9/18.
Good Luck! x