Dr. Harold Lancer, the celebrity dermatologist behind the glowing complexions of Beyoncé, Victoria Beckham, and Sofia Vergara, gives us skincare tips and talks awards season beauty.
You might not know Dr. Harold Lancer by name, but you’ve definitely seen his work. The Beverly Hills-based dermatologist to the stars (Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian, Ryan Seacrest, Beyoncé, Sofia Vergara, and Oprah are among his patients) is one of the most sought-after skin specialists in the country. His product line, the Lancer Method, is built around one transformative product, Polish, a sea mineral-rich exfoliator that expedites cell turnover. The doctor's recently released book, Younger, is designed to educate the public on the product's anti-aging properties.
Below, we speak to Dr. Lancer about the merits of the Lancer Method and Hollywood beauty, how to improve your skin in 2015, and more.
On What Sets the Lancer Method Apart from Other Skincare Regimens
“All brands worldwide follow a program of some sort of cleansing, some sort of toner, and some sort of moisturizer," says Dr. Lancer. "The Lancer Method refers not only to a brand-new chemistry, but a new process. Our Polish is always used first—the skin is exfoliated with a mechanical, enzymatic polish first, the skin is rinsed, and then the cleanser is used. […] This involves reeducating the population because most people are taught just cleansing, toning, and [using] some sort of sealant, or moisturizer.”
On Prepping Famous Faces for Awards Season
“Once a nomination is made, that person goes into high gear—office visits, skincare, pampering, vegan stem cells. They’ll be in the office maybe twice a week for four to six weeks, easily," he says. "Sometimes, I’ll be in at midnight because someone flew in from London. These people don’t fall off a turnip truck looking good. Even if you’re born with phenomenal good luck in genetics, you have to take care of it. It’s like a lawn—you have to take care of it. But, maybe Vegas isn’t the best place to talk about lawns.”
On the Evolution of Anti-Aging Skincare in Hollywood
“The number 1 demand of the general population is high-quality home skincare, because the big craze over botox and fillers and chemical peels and things that have wacky looks to them is dying down a bit. For the Golden Globes, I had 40 Lancer faces on the red carpet. You can pick them out—in our office it’s called being believably, seamlessly attractive," he says.
On the Importance of Modifying Your Lifestyle to Improve Your Complexion
“The nutritional part is a big deal—salt intake harms skin. We also tell all of our patients to try to eliminate dairy products and try very much to keep carbohydrate/starch/sugar content to less than 20 percent of your calories. [...] Carbohydrate dosing makes skin look ruddy, with bigger pores and greasier, and that’s because carbohydrates trigger insulin production. Insulin triggers testosterone, and testosterone makes skin ruddy," explains Dr. Lancer.
“You also need some sort of daily exercise. I’m not saying you have to have an expensive trainer every day, but you have to do something to keep moving, some sort of activity daily. Probably the last major thing is stress reduction. If I see a patient who uses the products perfectly and they’re watching their nutrition but they’re always stressed, it shows on the skin. The blood vessels are dilated, the pores are enlarged, the color is irregular... They just don’t look right.”
On the Effects of the Environment on Your Skin
“[In Vegas,] you have to increase your water intake to a gallon a day and your protein intake to 40 percent of your dietary calories. Drying of the skin is the biggest problem.”
On the One Component You Should Add to Your 2015 Routine
“The biggest mistake people make is not seeking the consultation of a dermatologist at least once. If you’re going to spend a dollar on anything, get a consultation with a dermatologist in terms of an approach to skincare.”