Body Care Lancer: The Method

As I mentioned in my previous post I have a real problem with dry skin that is exacerbated in the winter. That prompted me to do some research into chemical exfoliants in bath and body products. I had previously tried the KP Duty Body Scrub from Dermadoctor. It contains glycolic and polylactic acid that and both assist with exfoliation. Glycolic acid is a chemical exfoliant that increases the natural process of cellular turnover and can improve the quality of the skin so it stops getting that ashy color.

“Ashyness” is caused by dry skin cells accumulating on top of each and drying out. This accumulation of dead skin cells decreases the amount of product that can be absorbed by the skin. Glycolic acid breaks down the bonds between skin cells and exfoliation reduces the amount of dead skin cells that a accumulate. Glycolic acid also reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation and improves the texture of the skin. Polylactic acid is a biodegradable plastic derived from starch that is used as mechanical exfoliant, like the small beads that come in many exfoliating products. I liked the KP Duty scrub but with continued use I was still not impressed with it. Although my skin felt smoother I didn’t see a huge difference in the quality of my skin. I still had an issue with my skin being dry and ashy after a couple of hours. With a chemical exfoliant I expected my lotion to absorb better and for my skin to stay moisturized longer. 

Dr. Lancer The Method Body Care

As I was browsing the Sephora website for the VIB sale I was going to restock the KP scrub when the site recommended the Lancer line. I took a look and I was instantly intrigued. The line comes with a body polisher, a cleanser, and a nourishing cream that are to be used in that order. As I did more research into the line I was impressed by Dr. Lancer’s anti-aging skincare approach of exfoliating, cleansing, and nourishing. So of course, I purchased the whole line!

First let’s talk about the packaging. All of the the products come in silver boxes with white lettering. They’re quite heavy and look and feel substantial. Each container comes with a small pamphlet with directions for use and information about the ingredients. The body polish and cleanser both come in metallic silver tubes (8.8 fl oz) while the body cream is contained in a metallic silver jar containing 11 fl oz of product. I was content that the body polish and cleanser came in tubes for easier use in the shower but I was a little less thrilled with the cream being jarred. I personally prefer lotions and creams in a tube because I find them more convenient but with as much product that came in the jar I see why they made the decision to use that packaging. You get a lot of product! I just hope that with the product being packaged in the jar that it doesn’t break down and lose its nourishing qualities more quickly. Also, the metallic silver jar does become dirty with finger prints but the container can be wiped down back to pristine condition. Despite all this the packaging is truly luxurious and looks amazing! It definitely makes your shower look nicer!

Left: Body Polish, Right: Body Cleanse
Exfoliate. The first step in The Method is polishing. The directions for use instructs to use the polish on wet skin and use firm, circular motions to exfoliate. The body polisher’s key components are salicylic acid, quartz crystals, and zeolite. Salicylic acid is oil soluble and it is great for chemical exfoliation. It is especially beneficial for those of us who are prone to body acne because it penetrates the skin to clean out excess oil and debris that clog pores. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the appearance of hyper pigmentation. And once rinsed, salicylic acid can continue to work for hours! The quartz crystals are used as mechanical exfoliants to buff away debris and dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. Dr. Lancer's website claims that the quartz crystals are precise in exfoliating and reduce the risk of micro cuts and abrasions but I felt the quartz crystals were a little rough and if I applied too much pressure when "polishing" it hurt. Finally, the zeolite produced a warm sensation when rubbed on the skin. Zeolite is a mineral that is used as a catalyst in this formula. It just produces the brief heated feeling. At first this sensation surprised me but I came to look forward to it. Ultimately, I feel like the zeolite had no added benefit but the polisher worked well for me and I will definitely repurchase. 

Cleanse. The next step is to rinse off the body polish and use the cleanser. The instructions state to use the cleanser with your hands on wet skin and I assumed not to use a loofah or wash cloth. So, I lathered the cleanser in my hands and used about a quarter sized amount to cover my entire body. A nice lather was produced although I didn’t see or feel much of a difference with the cleanser. I did notice that it cleansed without stripping the skin, which is the intended purpose. Keep in mind that the purpose of the polish was not to cleanse the body of oils and sweat, but to remove debris on the surface of the skin. That is why this step should not be omitted. The cleanser, like the polish, contains salicylic acid with the added ingredient glycolic acid. Kigelia fruit extract and watermelon seed oil were added to help hydrate the skin. After cleansing I dried off and prepared for step 3.

The Body Nourish
Nourish. The final step in the The Method is to Nourish. This by far was my favorite step and favorite product. The Body Nourish Cream contains 10% glycolic acid, kigelia extract, marula oil, Kalahari melon seed oil, etc. These ingredients not only improve the texture of the skin, they provide exceptional hydration and moisture retention. It is with this step that I became a believer. Dr. Lancer added a key ingredient called Hylaplex, a “cross-linked form of hyaluronic acid…with reparative boost the intercellular flows of water and oxygen.” The Nourish cream is white in color and smooth in texture. The cream does not leave a residue and goes on translucent. Once applied the oils in the cream leave your skin glowing and smooth. I cannot reiterate enough how my skin felt so exceptionally smooth and moisturized after I completed the application of this cream! I expected an intense tingle or a burn all over but a majority of the skin the cream came in contact with just benefited from it's moisturizing effects. I did, however, feel the effects of the glycolic acid when I rubbed the cream on my back and shoulders. Namely a sting that lasted about a minute or two and slowly faded away completely after about ten minutes. I every product twice and the only one that caused a sting was the cream on both occasions in the same areas. But don’t worry, it is perfectly bearable and it's just the bonds between skin cells breaking down so they can be polished and cleansed away. Think about it as the product working its magic. My skin stayed hydrated all day and it felt even better with additional applications. The ash factor has decreased significantly with two applications and I cannot wait to use these products in preparation for summer. I literally saw the dead skin cells slough off my body and I cannot wait to take my next shower! I love that I can see the effects of the products immediately.

I highly recommend you try all of these products and get them while there is a discount. Dermstore offers a 20% discount for new customer and 15% off if you subscribe and repurchase. Just make sure that you use these products with a sunscreen, a minimum of SPF30, which is recommended on the Sephora website. Dr. Lancer also has an SPF30 sunscreen available for purchase.

Chemical exfoliation is the way to go if you’re dealing with dry, scaly skin. If you would like me to write an in-depth blog post detailing chemical exfoliation please leave a comment down below.

Lancer skincare can be purchased at Sephora, Lancer Skincare, and Dermstore.

Lancer The Method Body Polish 8.8 fl oz $60
Lancer The Method Body Cleanse 8.8 fl oz $35
Lancer The Method Body Nourish 11 fl oz $65
Lancer Sheer Fluid Sun Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen 2 fl oz $35 (not reviewed here)

*Disclaimer: All products reviewed were purchased by me, the reviewer. All statements are from my personal experiences using these products and are not influenced by the opinions of others. All the information provided is from my general knowledge and all recommendations and information provided should not be placed above the recommendations of a medical practitioner.

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