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Skincare is a scientific innovation, and brands powered by doctors have become loved worldwide for creating products that are marvels in the beauty world. Here we take a deep dive into the origins of Dermalogica, Lancer Skincare, La Mer and Dr Hauschka to uncover the secrets behind their best-selling products.
With an abundance of new [skincare](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/skincare) products being dreamt up of new ingredients, and creams created using the latest technological innovations, it’s no doubt that skincare is a natural science experiment. Scientific skincare dates back thousands of years, with the first archeological evidence of cosmetics usage being found in Ancient Egypt. There are a number of [skincare](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/skincare) companies all boasting products with technological jargon, making it hard to understand the process that goes behind creating a product that’s designed to treat a certain problem. To understand the science behind it all, we take a closer look at our favourite brands that have been founded by doctors, and examine the story, the ingredients and technology behind their most-loved products.

Lancer Skincare

Dr Harold Lancer is the founder of Lancer Skincare and an extremely sought-after Beverly Hills dermatologist due to his rejuvenating facials and reputation for glow-enhancing skincare. The son of Austrian immigrants, he had an accident at the age of seven and as a result, suffered from severe burn marks over 10% of his body. This fueled his brand’s ethos into using scientific methods to restore and repair skin. His belief that skincare is a two-way street is best encapsulated by his hero product, Lancer Skincare The Method: Intro Kit. A three-step regime, the kit consists of an exfoliating scrub to resurface skin, a cleanser that’s enriched with a rice amino acid (which removes impurities), and a moisturiser packed with peptides to nurture skin and hyaluronic acid for hydration.

Lancer Skincare The Method: Intro Kit, £63.00


Dermalogica is renowned for creating products to treat acne. Its story begins in 1986, when British skin therapist Jane Wurwand moved to America and discovered a lack of skin and body therapy education. As a result, she opened The International Dermal Institute, and while teaching, developed Dermalogica, a brand dedicated to creating products free of common irritants of ingredients that cause breakouts. Dermalogica’s latest AGE Bright Clearing Serum clears adult acne and works to rid impurities with active ingredient technology. A two-in-one serum, it is designed with extracts from Resurrection plants (as it’s a plant that can survive extreme dehydration), niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3) and white shitake mushroom (an ingredient that brightens up the skin’s natural complexion).

Dermalogica Age Bright Clearing Serum, £58.50

La Mer

La Mer has become a brand name known for high-end, luxe creams, lotions and serums, with its first product, Crème de la Mer, being hailed as a skincare savior by women worldwide. Founded over fifty years ago by aero science physicist Dr Max Huber, skincare was a happy accident for the scientist. After suffering from burn marks in a laboratory accident, the scientist wanted to improve the condition of his skin. He then began researching natural sea kelp and was inspired by its ability to retain moisture and regenerate itself, so he started fermenting it for his experiments. The fermented kelp was then turned into what he dubbed as ‘Miracle Broth’ and he combined it with simple skincare ingredients to create his hero cream – a softening, soothing moisturiser that's sparked a skincare phenomenon.

La Mer The Moisturizing Cream 30 ml, £120.00

Dr Hauschka

A pioneer in natural, plant-based skincare, Dr Hauschka is the brainchild of esthetician Elisabeth Sigmund and Dr Rudolph Hauschka. One of their most famous products, Rose day cream, is simply a nurturing mosituriser that is concocted from different natural extracts. Floral extracts help to keep skin balanced, while avocado oil, shea butter and rose petal wax work to moisturise and extracts of the plant, St John’s Wort and marshmellow, act to soothe the skin. It works wonders on normal or dry skin and doubles up as a smooth make-up base.

Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream Light, £30.50

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