Dr Dennis Gross Skincare is one of my favorite skincare brands. Most of the products are chockfull of antioxidants and retinol, which is great news for skin, as they help it stay healthy and look young. They’re properly packaged, too, so you don’t have to worry about them going bad within a few weeks.
But, like all lines, Dr Dennis Gross has its fair share of duds, too. And, they’re quite expensive. You don’t want to splurge on something that looks amazing on paper but doesn’t work when put to the test, right?
You don’t have to. I’ve scoured the entire line and found the best, the worse, and the average it has to offer:
Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum ($65.00)
I hope you’re not tired of hearing me rave about this serum, because here I go again. It contains everything we need to keep wrinkles off our faces, like retinol, ferulic acid, and quercetin, all powerful antioxidants. Retinol, together with arbutin and licorice, also reduces dark spots, so if your dark circles are caused, or worsened, by hyperpigmentation, this is definitely worth a try. Plus, it’s lightweight and fragrance-free, so everyone can use it. Available at Sephora.
Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution ($88.00)
This serum has a huge flaw: the price. It’s so expensive, isn’t it? But, the formula can’t be faulted, so if you decide to splurge, you know you’re getting your money’s worth. It’s literally loaded with goodies that can make our skin look its best, which is what we all want. Retinol promotes the production of collagen and cellular turnover, helping fight the wrinkles we already have. Ferulic acid destroys three types of free radicals that cause premature aging and protects from environmental damage. Licorice, arubutin, and mulberry lighten discolorations and brighten skin. What can we ask for more? Available at Sephora.
Hydra-Pure Oil-Free Moisture ($78.00)
Want to moisturize your skin without adding more oil to it? This can help. It has hyaluronic acid, which can attract, and bind to the skin, 1000 times its weight in water, so you know your skin is getting plenty of hydration. Like most Dr Dennis Gross products, it’s also loaded with antioxidants and peptides that help skin stay healthy and younger-looking. Now, why not all moisturizers are? Available at Sephora.
Hydra-Pure Vitamin C Brightening Serum ($95.00)
If you crave brighter, smoother skin, a vitamin C serum is not optional. This one is very impressive (for this price, it’d better be!). It contains three forms of vitamin C – ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, and ascorbyl palmitate – that fight free radicals, boost the production of collagen, and reduce dark spots. And,it hydrates skin, too. Who doesn’t love a multitasker? Available at Sephora.
Hydration Super Serum Clinical Concentrate Booster ($68.00)
You know how products for dry skin tend to be thick and greasy? This one ain’t, yet it still provides plenty of hydration and moisture. That’s because it’s low in oils and high in humectants, like sodium hyaluronate, that can attract and bind water to the skin, and skin-identical ingredients, like ceramides, that repair the skin’s protective barrier, preventing water from evaporating. And then, there are the antioxidants, like green tea and retinol, that prevent and fight wrinkles. The only problem is the packaging. It’s almost transparent, so you need to keep it away from light or it will spoil. A dark drawer would do fine. Available at Sephora.
The Just Nice
All-In-One Facial Cleanser With Toner ($32.00)
I don’t understand 2 in 1 cleansers and toners. Toners must stay on the skin to work. Cleanses should be rinsed out to get rid of dirt and impurities. You see the problem? All the antioxidants in here end up down the drain rather than your skin, benefiting no one. Certainly, not your skin. As a cleanser, it does the job well, so there’s that, at least. It’s up to you to decide if that benefit alone is worth the price. Available at Sephora.
Antioxidant Cleansing Cloths With AHAs ($18.00)
These wipes are kind of odd because they don’t contain any surfactants (the ingredients that do the cleansing). They have exfoliating acids (salicylic and lactic), but they’re quite down the ingredient list. Very likely, they work like all cleansing wipes, meaning it’s the friction of rubbing the cloth against the skin that removes and exfoliates (much like a wet washcloth). The lack of surfactants also means they don’t have to be rinsed off, so the few antioxidants in the wipes will stay on the skin. But, I wouldn’t use them every day. They’re great for travelling, but no substitute for a proper cleanser and exfoliant. Available at Derm Store.
Ferulic & Retinol Eye Cream ($68.00)
Don’t you just hate it when brands take the trouble to create an awesome formula, and then put it in a jar? SO frustrating! This eye cream has everything the delicate eye area needs: emollients to moisturize; antioxidants to prevent wrinkles and retinol to reduce them; film-formers to give the appearance of smoother skin; and no fragrance. But most of the goodies break down when exposed to light and air (ie every time you open the jar), so won’t remain effective for too long. If you really, really, really want to try it, close that jar super quickly! Available at Sephora.
All-Over Blemish Solution ($42.00)
You know what gets rid of blemishes? Salicylic acid. It gets inside the pores, and removes all the crap that’s clogging them up, making those ugly pimples wither and shrink. This one has it. So, it should be good, right? Wrong. Because its ph is way too high for salicylic acid to work as it should. Talk about a big fail.
Botanical Cleansing Bar With Tea Tree And Aloe ($24.00)
Don’t let the tea tree and aloe part of the name fool you. Like most bar soaps, it contains sodium palmate and sodium coconate, two cleansing agents that are quite harsh. And they clog pores, too. The orange and rosemary oils can irritate sensitive skin. And the antioxidants end up down the drain. I honestly can’t think of a single reason to buy this one.
Hydra-Pure Smart Spray ($18.00)
There’s a reason if I’m such a big fan of Dr Dennis Gross range. Most of the products are full of antioxidants and retinol that really do wonders at preventing and treating wrinkles. Sadly, this toner is the exception. It contains water, witch hazel, and little else. And witch hazel is a controversial ingredient, because it’s often distilled with alcohol, which is drying and irritating. From a dermatologist, I expected better.
Have you ever tried anything from Dr Dennis Gross? If so, what are your favorite products? And which ones didn’t work for you?