Celebrity Dermatologist Gives Tips For Red Carpet-Ready Skin

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As awards season draws to a close, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer knows that red-carpet-ready skin never goes out of season.

After all, with a client list that’s practically a Hollywood who’s who, he’s helped stars like Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, and Victoria Beckham — to name a few — keep their famous faces flawless throughout. the year.

“[Celebrities] are still in [a] preparatory phase,” Lancer told Page Six Style. “It’s not like all of a sudden they wake up and decide they need head-to-toe care. They must be ready at all times, and that always means being prepared.

As for what goes into this preparation? While the exact plan depends on the client and “what is perfected or restored”, the doc says stars start arriving “weeks or months” before the big day, receiving treatments every two or three weeks before to switch to bi-day tours just before the red carpet.

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And at home, countless stars swear by products from Dr. Lancer’s skincare line; while all of his patients receive “different packages” unique to their skin, he says “everyone will receive a variation” of his famous Lancer method, including the Polish ($120), Cleanse ($69), and Nourish steps ( $130) focused on exfoliation, cleanser and moisturizer respectively.

Many clients also receive “some form of Vitamin C” (known for its antioxidant and brightening benefits) such as the Advanced C Radiance Treatment ($90), in addition to the Ultra Hydrating Serum with Hyaluronic Complex – 7 ($95) and the advanced treatment Retinol Treatment ($95).

While Lancer and his skincare line have now been Hollywood mainstays for decades, however, his work with famous people began in 1980 while training at Harvard Medical School.

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“[I] I had the pleasure of seeing my first celebrity, which happened to be Katharine Hepburn, and it’s a great way to start a career from my perspective,” says Lancer.

“I think since then it’s grown by word of mouth in that community, and I’ve been able to see the majority of people on TV, in movies, on stage and in athletics.”

While his star clients are certainly on top of their beauty game, Lancer says the most common mistake he sees in his office these days is patients mixing products from multiple skincare lines. different.

“That usually leads to conflict in chemistry… where the manufacturing process of one product interferes with another, and that leads to irritation,” he says.

Venus Williams in a white dress on the Oscars red carpet
Makeup artist Karina Milan prepped Venus Williams for the Oscar last year using Lancer Skincare products.
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Addison Rae’s makeup artist Shayna Goldberg prepped her skin for the 2022 Met Gala using Lancer’s line.
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As for which is the most popular procedure? The skincare expert says ‘invasive’ treatments that involve ‘cutting and sewing’ are ‘less fashionable’ lately.

“The majority of the consumer public, celebrity and otherwise, want to take the high road in terms of minimally invasive, non-invasive, perhaps preventative treatments, rather than waiting for the ax to fall, so to speak, and needing of an invasive procedure,” he explains.

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Instead, he says “composite treatments” — multiple treatments during a single visit — are growing in popularity at his office, which offers “38 energy-based device platforms,” including model Morpheus8 who Kardashian called “painful but worth it.”

“It turns out that combined treatments performed during the same procedure are significantly additive and can provide overall benefit during the same healing period, rather than having multiple spaced healing periods,” adds Lancer.


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