You know the feeling – you slick on moisturizer from head to toe, only to catch a glimpse of an elbow, knee, heel or other problem spot that still looks dry, flaky and discolored. The thicker skin on elbows, knees and heels often requires more care than other parts of the body due to the sheer amount of use we put these areas through – and the extra skin they have in order to bend and flex. Here are three ways to combat unsighlty elbows, knees and heels.
Start with Daily Use of The Body Method. Our new Method for Body is an advanced anti-aging solution that adapts Dr. Lancer’s groundbreaking anti-aging method of skincare to the body and works especially well on extra dry areas such as elbows, knees and heels. If you want to whip problem areas into shape, your first line of defense is a daily regimen of this 3-step Method. Using pure quartz crystals, our self-warming Body Polish exfoliates the skin and infuses it with oxygen and nutrients and readys it to receive additional treatments and benefits. Follow Body Polish with Body Cleanse to sweep away dead skin cells post-exfoliation. Body Cleanse helps to open pores and detoxify the skin while also balancing its pH levels. Finish with Body Nourish to lock in moisture and speed up cell turnover so these areas never look flaky and dull again.
Take a Collodial Oatmeal Bath. If the skin in these areas is particularly hard and – worse – itchy, soothe and soften it with a collodial oatmeal bath. Fill the bath with warm (not hot) water, slowly pour collodial oatmeal (which you can buy pre-made) into the stream of water coming from the faucet to disperse it evenly throughout the bath water and soak for 15 minutes. Follow this with the 3-step Body Method for best results.
Try an Exilis Treatment. If your elbows, knees or heels are seriously dry and need more TLC than an at-home regimen offers, try an in-office treatment such as Exilis to help restore the skin back to its original state. A popular treatment in our Beverly Hills office, “the deeply penetrating radio wave pulses of Exilis effectively penetrate deeper folds of skin and flexural areas of the body, greatly improving texture,” says Dr. Lancer. Once you’ve set the course of a healing path, keep it going at home with daily use of Body Polish, Cleanse and Nourish.
One of the most well known makeup artists in Hollywood, Cathy Highland has beautified more A-listers than a nitpicky accountant could keep track of. From Oscar nominees (Glenn Close, Helena Bonham Carter) to supermodels and celebs so beautiful you’d think nothing could be done to make them look any better, Cathy’s been called in to work her makeup magic. She gave us five minutes of her time to talk Hollywood skincare and more:
Lancer Skincare: What difference does good skin care make in your line of work?
Cathy Highland: It makes a huge difference. Good skin you cannot fake. As makeup artists we can paint on the pretty, but you cannot fake [skin] texture or pore size, and with everything being high def now you really don’t want to have to pile on loads of foundation to cover pigmentation either. [Pigmentation] is another difficult dilemma, especially on male clients going to red carpet events. Most men don’t want to wear a lot of makeup and I agree, less is more especially on men, but if they have heavy pigmentation and it photographs in a really unflattering way…one has no choice but to apply a more full coverage foundation.
LS: Are there certain skin issues that you find common among clients that need covering up?
CH: I would say spots, sun damage and acne scars are the most common.
LS: Do you have a favorite product in the Lancer Skincare range?
LS: What’s your quickest glowing skin tip!
CH: Polish every day like I have been taught through Dr. Lancer’s office – he’s right! Initially, I couldn’t imagine [exfoliating] daily, but the formulation is so unique, in that it is aggressive in removing the dead layers of the skin, making it radiant. My facialist has encouraged me to be really good about target areas [when polishing] – talk about glow to the skin.
On a side note, both of my older sisters experienced bad rosacea when they went through menopause and they both are on a prescription medication to clear it up. I was suffering from what I thought were breakouts and going through hormone changes, but Dr. Lancer explained that it was rosacea. I had already drastically changed my diet, almost exactly as Dr. Lancer recommends…but when I went to Dr. Lancer about my breakouts, he had me start on his Blemish Control line which was in development at the time. It was miraculous. My skin cleared up and I have never had a problem since. I swear by it! See, I really cannot choose one product! It is from my own personal experience for many years of using the Lancer line, even as he was developing it, that I have no problem suggesting it to my clients. I am not a salesperson; I never try and sell a client on anything, but you don’t have to with Dr. Lancer’s line…results sell.