I don’t use an eye cream or serum.
I slather my facial moisturiser all over and call it a day (or night). I’m lazy like that.
But if I did use one, I’d go with Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum. Here’s why:
- What’s In Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum?
- How To Use It
- Performance & Personal Opinion
- Who Is This For?
- Who Is This Not For?
- Does Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Concentrate Eye Serum Live Up To Its Claims?
- Price & Availability
- Do You Need It?
- Dupes & Alternatives
What’s In Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum?
It’s so rare to see licorice root extract high on the ingredient list. I’m glad Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum made this choice.
For starters, licorice has anti-inflammatory properties. A 2003 study found that it treats atopic dermatitis and reduces itching, swelling, and redness in over two weeks.
That’s not all. Licorice can also fade hyperpigmentation. Studies show that glabridin, a component in licorice inhibits the production of melanin (the pigment that gives skin its colour).
If hyperpigmentation is the cause of your dark circles, licorice can help you banish them.
Related: Three Ways Licorice Extracts Benefits Skin
Wanna know why Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Triple Concentrate Eye Serum is named after ferulic acid? Easy.
Ferulic Acid is an antioxidant on steroids.
Usually, each antioxidant fights only one type of free radicals. That’s why I always tell you to look for products with a gazillion antioxidants. The more you use, the younger your skin will look.
Ferulic acid fights THREE types of free radicals: superoxide, hydroxyl radical, and nitric oxide. Adding it to your skincare routine will give your antioxidant defences a powerful boost.
One more thing: ferulic acid also inhibits both UVA– and UVB-induced matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). In plain English, it stops the degradation of collagen (the protein that keeps your skin firm).
Related: Why You Should Add Ferulic Acid To Your Skincare Routine
The other gem that gives its name to Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum is retinol.
Retinol (a form of vitamin A) is an anti-aging superstar. It fights wrinkles in three ways:
- It has antioxidant properties that fight free radicals.
- It boosts the production of collagen, the protein that keeps skin firm
- It speeds up cellular turnover (the skin’s natural exfoliating process)
That means it can reduce crow’s feet and dark spots caused by hyperpigmentation.
FYI, retinol can irritate the sensitive skin of your undereye area. Introduce it into you skincare routine slowly. Use it only a couple of times a week at first and increase frequency gradially.
Related: 3 Reasons Why You Should Add Retinol To Your Skincare Routine
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). They’re my fave exfoliants. Too bad they don’t do anything here.
Here’s the deal: these acids work only when their concentration is high enough and the pH is right. This serum doesn’t meet these conditions. 🙁
Oh well, I guess nothing’s perfect…
Related: AHAs VS BHA: Which One Is Right For You?
ANTIOXIDANTS AND CO
I’ve just scratched the surface above. Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum contains so many other goodies:
- Antioxidants: Quercetin and ubiquinone (to name a few) fight the free radicals that give you wrinkles
- Arbutin: It fades hyperpigmentation – if that’s what causes your dark circles, this will help
- Caffeine: It reduces puffiness and dark circles cause by vasodilation
- Sodium hyaluronate: A form of hyaluronic acid that deeply hydrates skin
Related: What’s Caffeine Doing In My Skincare Products?
Lightweight and non-sticky.
How To Use It
- Gently pat on a small amount with your finger.
- DON’T use during the day. Retinol is for night use only.
- DON’T use more than once or twice a week, unless your skin tolerates retinol well.
Performance & Personal Opinion
My skin’s used to retinol – I’ve been a devoted fan for years. This means I can use Dr Denis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Concentrate Eye Serum every night.
But if I were just starting out with retinol, I’d cut it back to two nights a week. Why? Retinol is as powerful as it’s harsh. When used too often, it can cause dryness, peeling, and irritation – all things that make your crow’s feet worse.
When my clients tell me retinol makes their skin worse, I know they’re overdoing it. This is something you can enjoy in moderation only. Even if it’ll take longer to see results.
How long? Retinol takes up to 2 months to boost collagen. You can’t use it for a week and expect your skin to be already firmer and your crows’ feet smaller. Give it time.
Dr Denis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Concentrate Eye Serum may help dark circles too. I say may because it really depends on what’s causing your dark circles.
If it’s a poor night’s sleep, blood pooling under your eyes, or genetics, this won’t do anything for you. It can lighten dark circles caused by hyperpigmentation (like unprotected sun exposure) – slowly.
What about its moisturizing properties? The serum’s more antiaging than hydrating. Oily skin can use it alone, but anyone else needs to follow it up with a good moisturiser (your face cream works, too).
Related: Dark Circles: Causes And Cures
Who Is This For?
- Anyone interested in antiaging
- Dark circles caused by hyperpigmentation
- Oily skin
Who Is This Not For?
- If you’re under 30, you don’t need it yet
- Most types of dark circles
- Dry skin
Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Concentrate Serum comes in a small, dark bottle with a pump dispenser. It’s hygienic and keeps the antioxidants stable and effective for long.
Does Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Concentrate Eye Serum Live Up To Its Claims?
|Designed for use on the entire eye area, including eyelids, this 360° eye serum firms skin, reduces wrinkles, and smooths the eyelid.||It can do all this – in time. With retinol, it can take months to see results.|
|Gentle enough for the eyelid yet powerful enough to smooth the look of crows feet, elevens, crepiness, and uneven texture.||It’s gentle when used in moderation. Using retinol every day can dry out skin and make crows’ feet look worse.|
|It even doubles as an eye makeup primer.||I don’t recommend you use it as primer, especially if you have oily lids. It doesn’t stop my eyeshadows from creasing.|
Price & Availability
$69.00/£62.00 at Cult Beauty, Net-A-Porter, Nordstrom and Sephora
Do You Need It?
No one needs an eye cream or serum. Just extend your facial skincare routine to your eyes too. But if you want something specific to target anti-aging, Dr Dennis Gross Retinol + Ferulic Triple Correction Eye Serum is a good option to consider.
Dupes & Alternatives
- First Aid Beauty FAB Skin Lab Retinol Eye Cream With Triple Hyaluronic Acid ($42.00)
- Kate Somerville +Retinol Firming Eye Cream ($85.00)
- Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM Eye Cream ($55.00)
Have you tried Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum?
Water/Aqua/Eau, Propylene Glycol, Ethoxydiglycol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Ferulic Acid, Retinol, Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Morus Nigra Fruit 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, Lecithin, Tetrapeptide-21, Acrylates/Carbamate Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer, Urea, Polysorbate 20, BHT, Potassium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI77499)