Don’t Waste Your Money on Skin Care!
I watched Oprah the other day and she had a dermatologist on the show who was telling women how they could look twenty years younger. A big part of it is facial skin care and he said you’ve got to tend to that skin on your upper chest too. His skin care line is Lancer Skin Care Products. I’m sure it’s good stuff. He has three products in his line: Polish / Cleanse / Repair. It’ll cost you $200 to buy all three — if you can get it now that Oprah’s gone all ga ga over it. These products might last you a full month.
Good for Oprah. She can spend $2,400 a year on face products. Can you?
Dr. Lancer’s Polish ($50): You gently scrub your face once a week, which gets rid of dead cells and enables new skin to grow. Everyone should do this. But why would you buy his exfoliation product for $50? is a much better and cheaper alternative. You can get it at Walgreens or CVS or get it online here: Burt’s Bees Deep Pore Scrub. It’s got all sorts of good things in it and it’s only $10.00. All you’re doing is removing dead skin — it doesn’t take a $50 product to do that.
Oprah, I expected more from you!
Dr. Lancer’s Extremely Clean Cleanser ($50): This is his gentle face wash that doesn’t have any color or perfumes or harsh chemicals added (but it does have non-harsh chemicals added?). It’s used to eliminate the daily build-up of oils and impurities on your face without stripping the necessary hydration. You’re going to need to use it twice a day. This is good advice, no matter what products you use. Once in the morning and once in the evening — especially if you wear make-up.
Here’s the skinny on his products and some alternatives and great advice from my Chicago dermatologist, Dr. Carolyn Jacob:
You need to wash your face twice a day with a cleanser that has a glycolic acid (AHA) in it. It’s best for oily to normal skin. Alpha Hydox AHA Suffle Facial Cleaner got rave reviews. Buy it online for $16.00 by clicking here: Alpha Hydrox Suffle Facial Cleanser or you can buy it at some local pharmacies for $15.99. It’s kinda hard to find so you might want to just order it on line. If you have dry skin, Dr. Jacob recommends you use CeraVe Cleanser, you can get that at most drugstores or buy it online here: Cerve Cleanser
She also recommends that you use a product that contains Retinol in it after you wash your face at night. You can find several, but the Alpha Hydrox Retinol ResQ was the cheapest and very highly rated too. It’s about $16.00 online here: Alpha Hydrox Retinol ResQ
Dr. Lancer’s Repair ($100): this is the “replenishing moisturizer,” which Oprah’s doc Lancer claims prevents aging and fills in tiny lines and wrinkles. There are a lot of great moisturizers on the market and I doubt that Dr. Lancers is the only one that will work for you. Instead, Dr. Jacob recommends that you use a daily moisturizer that has an SPF 30 or higher in it and if it has AHA in it, all the better.
One thing I don’t recommend is that you go to a big department store and buy your moisturizer or these products. I seriously doubt that they’ll work any better than what’s recommended above and Oil of Olay products are excellent. A great way to find excellent facial and body products is to go to your dermatologist — most sell medical-grade lotions and creams, and they’ll cost you a lot less than if you go to a department store and buy something that’s not as strong or as effective as what your dermatologist sells.
Here is my favorite “medical grade” line of skin products: Glytone. They have just about everything you need, at a price higher than what you will pay at the drugstore, but certainly a lot cheaper than Dr. Lancer’s products. This is great stuff. You have to “ease” into using these products because they are so strong. You were warned! Stick with it though — you’ll be really happy you did. Click on the product if you’d like to buy it online or your dermatologist might carry it.
Glytone Facial Cleanser, $20.00
Glytone Night Cream with Retinol, $68.00 – Lasts a long time!
Glytone Moisturizer with SPF 15 Sunscreen $42.00
Glytone Body Lotion – Amazing stuff $25.00