Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic and Retinol – Reviewed
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The Ferulic and Retinol range at Dr. Dennis Gross is all about tackling stubborn skin concerns, whether that is visible signs of ageing, pigmentation or skin texture by delivering time released retinol into the skin. It is easily one of my most recommended ranges across any brand, based on product efficacy alone.
With Retinol products, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by percentages, and whist they are important, they aren’t the be all and end all of a product. More does not always mean better, it’s the formula and delivery system that impacts whether your skin will see the results you hope for.
Dr. Dennis Gross don’t reveal the % of retinol in these products but it’s clear that they have a perfect balance, not enough to irritate and just enough to see results. Part of this will be that they pair retinol with it’s perfect counterpart- Ferulic acid.
Ferulic Acid isn’t an exfoliating acid, but an antioxidant. Not only does it help to reduce the impact from environmental aggressors, it also boosts the efficacy of the retinol and reduces any chance of harsh side effects whilst acting as stabiliser. It begs the question why would anyone use Retinol without Ferulic Acid…right?
The majority of the range is advised to be used at any time of day, though most people I know use retinol in the evening and opt for a vitamin C in the AM; however no matter when you use the products, if you’re exposed to UV rays be sure apply sun protection.
Ferulic and Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peel:
The Wrinkle Recovery Peel is the first step after cleansing. It’s a one step skin balancing, renewing peel meets antioxidant booster. It leaves behind softer, smoother skin with a great glow.
If you like their Alpha Beta peels, consider adding this to your routine on alternate days if your skin concerns seem as though they could benefit from a boost of retinol. Use twice a week.
Ferulic and Retinol Eye Serum:
My favourite product in this range, and one of the only eye products that has made a difference to my under eye pigmentation. Retinol can be tricky around the eye area, so if you plan on using it around the eyes be sure that you get a formula that has been formulated specifically for the delicate area, like this one.
A lightweight gel textured serum, this de-puffs and cools as it goes on whilst the actives get to work. If you’re particularly dry under the eyes, follow up with an eye cream and think of this as targeted treatment. The best part? This can be used all around the eye, including the mobile lid without any chance of increased puffiness or milia!
Ferulic and Retinol Eye Cream:
A perfect pair to the eye serum, or best for those who prefer a hydrating eye treatment, this is a richer eye cream designed to help with the appearance of pigmentation and wrinkles.
Ferulic and Retinol Overnight Serum:
This is the main treatment here. If you aren’t sure where to start, this is it. Use this lotion serum twice a week, and work up to alternate nights to see an increase in collagen production, decrease in visibile signs of aging and hyperpigmentation. It’s a holy grail staple.
Ferulic and Retinol Moisturiser:
The Ferulic and Retinol Moisturiser is a beautiful, velvety whipped texture which is best suited to a dry skin. Not only does it provide cushiony moisture but it also firms by stimulating collagen production and refines skin texture as a final step of a skincare routine.
Ferulic and Retinol Brightening Solution:
The Ferulic and Retinol Brightening Solution isn’t available in the UK and I’ve only tried it once, but this is a potent oil- serum that delivers results and imparts an immediate glow. In a lipid base, this minimises irritation and hydrates at the same time. Better suited to dryer skins who need more ‘oomph’ than the overnight treatment. I wouldn’t use them together, but pick the one best suited to your skin type.
Ferulic and Retinol Neck Emulsion:
Like the eyes, the neck can be a difficult area of the skin to keep hydrated and avoid lines and crepiness. Though the best form of this is prevention by using SPF, this lightweight, non greasy emulsion moisturiser will help to reduce the appearance of dark spots and lines. Always massage upwards!
I hope this helped break down the products within the Ferulic and Retinol range at Dr. Dennis Gross. I think it’s a brilliant range as part of the brands brilliant collection, particularly if you are looking at reducing hyperpigmentation, texture and want overall clarity.
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