Fade Serum Intense LES-10 Brightening Complex
Fade Serum Intense LES-10 Brightening Complex is an interesting product, held back from being a good option by a few ingredient missteps, plus it's ludicrous price. There is an impressive array of antioxidants and plant-based skin brighteners here, and its light, serum-like consistency will work for all skin types. Unfortunately, this also includes a prominent amount of fragrance irritants. See More Info for the details on why fragrance is such a problem in skin-care products.
What's intriguing about this formula is that Lancer made use of a novel combination of plant-based ingredients that have the potential to suppress melanin in skin. Specifically, you'll find a combination of licorice extracts and the skin-brightening ingredient phenylethyl resorcinol. However, these ingredients aren't present in substantial amounts for a formula marketed specifically for its ability to fade discolorations—especially at this price (in fact, we'd recommend checking out Lancer's Advanced C Radiance Cream over this formula).
Phenylethyl resorcinol has limited research supporting its ability to fade discolorations; the most compelling research looked at the results of a cream with phenylethyl resorcinol plus three other skin-brightening agents. The product was applied over a period of 3 months by 20 women, all of whom also used sunscreen. At the end of the study, it was determined that the women's dark spots decreased by 43%. The problem? We don't know how much of this improvement is due to phenylethyl resorcinol, as it wasn't used alone (Source: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, September 2011, pages 189–196).
This product includes orange and lemon fruit extract, both fragrant skin irritants that can cause a phototoxic reaction when skin is exposed to the sun, which can lead to skin discolorations (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com). An ironic (and undesirable) outcome for a product marketed towards those looking to treat an uneven skin tone!
Despite the interesting elements of this product, we recommend skipping it in favor of better options without its shortcomings. Consider any of the numerous well-formulated alternatives on the market from other brands in the Best Skin-Brightening Products section.
- Contains a spectrum of beneficial antioxidants.
- Has a good, potentially effective mix of plant-based ingredients to fade discolorations (though for what this costs they should be more prominent in the formula).
- Fragrant & irritating lemon and orange fruit extract put skin at risk of a phototoxic reaction if exposed to sunlight.
- The ingredient phenylethyl resorcinol lacks significant research demonstrating skin-brightening benefits.
- Expensive for the less than prominent amount of brightening ingredients (you could get a potent prescription treatment for half the price or less!).
A lightweight fluid formulated to lighten and brighten skin and help even its tone. Powered by LES-10 Brightening Complex, a proprietary combination of skin tone regulators and dark spot diminishers.
Strengths: Has a good option for 10% vitamin C treatment; Their 10% AHA moisturizer is a worth considering for those who have dry skin.
Weaknesses: Expensive; some products with light- and air-sensitive ingredients are packaged in jars; overly abrasive scrub.
Dr. Harold Lancer is a Beverly Hills dermatologist with celebrity clientele, two credentials that pique the interest of many women interested in skin care. His specialty is cosmetic rejuvenation and, like many dermatologists before him, Lancer has his own line of products: Lancer Dermatology Skincare.
Lancer's skin-care line is built around four steps: polish, cleanse, nourish, and protect. According to Lancer, these steps work for every skin type or aging concern. The polish (i.e. scrub) step involves applying a fairly abrasive, alkaline scrub before cleansing. Lancer's idea is that the polish loosens soil and cellular debris, which the cleanser you apply next will easily wash away.
After you cleanse, you're supposed to nourish skin with an anti-aging moisturizer. During the day, you're advised to protect your skin with sunscreen and, occasionally, if needed, you can apply a treatment product (such as a vitamin C cream).
Although Lancer's method is being hailed as unique or somehow different, it's ultimately nothing new to the skin-care industry: Exfoliation is necessary for younger-looking skin (but scrubs arent the best way to get this benefit), sun protection is vital, and a moisturizer loaded with skin-repairing ingredients helps replace what young skin produces naturally before it becomes damaged.
The polish (scrub) before the cleansing step is a new twist, but it's actually a problem if you're wearing makeup. Scrubbing skin before you remove your makeup will grind the makeup deeper into your pores, making it harder for the cleanser to remove. If anything, you should cleanse first, polish second.
Although Lancer's method is being hailed as unique or somehow different, it's about as interesting as white bread. If anything, it's a mix of dated and modern concepts built on information that researchers have known about for years: Exfoliation is necessary for younger-looking skin (but scrubbing isn't the best way to get this benefit), sun protection is vital, and a moisturizer loaded with skin-repairing ingredients helps replace what young skin produces naturally before it becomes damaged.
Unfortunately, Lancers scrubs are all alkaline (high pH) and contain overly abrasive scrub ingredients and fragrance extracts that skin doesnt need. The nighttime moisturizers are all packaged in jars (exposing their beneficial ingredients to air), and the one sunscreen in the line is alcohol based (which isnt a good thing for skin, as well discuss in the product review).
There are some highlights in the line, such as good options for a 10% vitamin C treatment and AHA exfoliant, but ultimately you dont need to spend this much to have healthy, younger-looking skin. In fact, because many of Lancer's products contain one or more problematic ingredients, you may end up thinking, why bother?
For more information about Lancer Dermatology Skincare, call (310) 278-8444 or visit http://www.lancerskincare.com/.
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