It’s no secret that I think eye creams and serums are unnecessary. There aren’t ingredients that work only on the face and others that work only on the eye area. If something works well, it works well everywhere, so I’d rather just look for a moisturizer/serum that I can slather on all over. Saves me both money and time in the morning.
But I know many of you love to use a separate product on the eye area, and if you’re gonna invest in one, you’d better pick one of the best out there. One of my favourites is Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum.
What Dr Dennis Gross Says
This anti-aging ferulic acid and retinol eye serum gently but powerfully reduces visible signs of aging in the delicate skin of the eyelid and around the eye while smoothing texture and tone.
Licorice Root Extract
One of the main ingredients in the serum, Licorice Root Extract has anti-inflammatory and skin-lightening properties. Both are due to one of its main components, glabridin. A 2003 study found that it is a good treatment for atopic dermatitis, reducing itching, swelling, and redness in over two weeks. Another study shows that glabridin inhibits tyrosinase activity, which is responsible for melanin production. Does this mean that it can get rid of dark circles? If they are caused by sun damage, then yes, this can help. But if they are hereditary or caused by blood pooling under the skin, then licorice extract will do nothing for you.
Ferulic Acid is one of my favourite antioxidants. Unlike most others that fight only one type of free radicals, Ferulic Acid can destroy three: superoxide, hydroxyl radical, and nitric oxide. It can also inhibit both UVA- and UVB-induced matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), which degrade collagen, one of the main components of the skin that give it structure and elasticity.
A form of Vitamin A, Retinol is an anti-aging superstar. A 2007 study has found that “retinol improves fine wrinkles associated with natural aging”. It has antioxidant properties that can help prevent the formation of new wrinkles, stimulates collagen production which leads to firmer skin, and accelerates cellular turnover, which helps treat discolourations.
But if you’ve never used Retinol before, it could irritate your skin. To give it time to get used to it, it is recommended you use it every other day at first, and, slowly, increase the frequency of application. That way, you’ll get its benefits without its side effects.
AHAs and BHA
Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum also contains a blend of AHAs and BHA (Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Mandelic Acid), which has exfoliating properties. These exfoliants can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and discolourations, but they won’t do much here. Why? Two reasons. One: their concentrations are too small. Two: “this serum’s pH is outside the range needed for effectiveness”. It’s a bit disappointing, but even so, the formula contain many other goodies that benefit the eye area.
Final Considerations On The Formula
Suitable for all skin types, Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum also contains a bunch of botanical extracts and vitamins that have antioxidant (such as quercetin and ubiquinone), skin-lightening (arbutin), and vasoconstricting (caffeine; it may help to reduce puffiness and dark circles caused by vasodilation) properties. In addition, Sodium Hyaluronate has good water-binding properties that help to keep skin hydrated.
Full Ingredient List
Water, Ethoxydiglycol, Propylene Glycol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Ferulic Acid, Retinol, Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Arbutin, Morus Alba Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Quercetin, Caffeine, Ubiquinone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Mandelic Acid, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Disodium Lauriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates, Phospholipids, Tetrapeptide-21, Acrylates/Carbamate Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer, Urea, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)
Packaged in a dark bottle that will keep the antioxidant stable and effective, Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum retails at $65.00. It is available at Amazon, Nordstrom, and Sephora.
The Bottom Line
Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum has moisturizing, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and skin-lightening properties that makes this a well-rounded option suitable for all skin types, including sensitive. It’s not that cheap, but at least contains ingredients have been really proved to work.
Have you tried Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum?