Dr Dennis Gross is a New York-based dermatologist. His eponymous product line is one of the beauty industry’s favourites and here’s why.
One of the main joys (and perks) of working in the beauty industry is getting to hear, learn and try all about the consistent stream of new products that are launching.
Of course, it can be quite overwhelming at times just because of the sheer amount of stuff that lands on our desks every week, but generally it’s exciting, it’s inspiring and more often than not there’ll be products that eventually worm their way into our own personal Hall of Fame.
While some beauty editors and writers might be more into make-up and colour cosmetics, some of us have more of a vested interested in skincare. Discovering new ingredients, talking to dermatologists and formulators and figuring out what works for our individual concerns.
And while everybody has different routines and their own personal favourite product, there is one brand that seems to crop up time and time again. One that is so universally loved because the products are efficient and because they truly work.
That brand is Dr Dennis Gross Skincare. The brand, which launched in 2002, was created by Dr Dennis Gross from his dermatology clinic in New York after he witnessed so many patients having chemical peels that did more harm than good.
As a dermatologist with a myriad of celebrity fans including Chrissy Teigan, Zoe Kravitz and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, his belief is that treatments and products should never injure the skin. He is also fully invested and dedicated to specific formulations, which often incorporate an active ingredient to support any skin sensitivity that may be caused by another active in his products.
He’s also a doctor who does a great at-home chemical peel products that can’t be overused, but instead they work hard and deliver on results. Which, really, is what we all want from skincare.
There are so many products available in the range, and they mostly span six main categories: Alpha Beta (a range of at-home peel products), Alpha Beta Glow (at-home exfoliating and smoothing products which incorporate elements that give skin a sunless glow), Ferulic + Retinol (a fine line smoothing blend of retinol and antioxidants), C + Collagen (a vitamin C line), Hyaluronic Marine (hydration boosting products to refresh and replenish parched skin) and Dr Dennis Gross Rx (a high-tech line which includes at-home LED light masks and a facial steamer).
While the products are all extremely powerful, the majority of products are suitable for most skin types, and there is something to suit every concern. Some things are best suited for seasoned pros, but no matter where you are in your skincare journey there is definitely something that your skin can benefit from.
But, with so many products to choose from, we’ve narrowed down the ones that consistently come up in conversations…
The best Dr Dennis Gross Skincare products
Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Daily Peel Pads
Ask any beauty editor what their favourite Dr Dennis Gross product is and nine times out of 10 they’ll say these. Available in different strengths (and there’s even some that have added self-tanning agents for a sun kissed, gradual glow), these are super gentle so can be used every day if needed. The wipes are triple blend of exfoliating acids that help unclog pores and buff away dead skin cells for a healthy-looking complexion.
Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Daily Peel Pads, £87
Hyaluronic Marine Hydrating Modeling Mask
This is one of the most hydrating, skin-plumping masks beauty editor Lucy has ever used or tried. Hyaluronic gel is mixed at home before use with an activating powder before being applied onto the face. It’s cooling and adds serious moisture into skin. Plus, it’s easy to peel off with no need to rinse.
Hyaluronic Marine Hydrating Modeling Mask, £49
Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting Cleansing GelA real cult cleanser, it’s powered by AHAs so it gently exfoliates skin while cleansing and adding moisture back in. It helps to brighten skin and smooth out the appearance of pores and is best used as a second cleanse after make-up has been removed.
Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting Cleansing Gel, £46
Dr Dennis Gross DRx SpectraLite FaceWare ProExpensive, yes, but we recently did a 10-week trial (complete with visia scans) to see if it’s really worth it. While it’s an investment purchase, and it does require consistent usage so you also need to dedicate three minutes every day to using it, results speak for themselves. LED light is proven to help acne, rosacea and can help even out skin tone, too.
Dr Dennis Gross DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro, £430
Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Overnight Serum
Retinol is considered the gold standard of anti-ageing, and in this formula it has been combined with ferulic acid, a heavyweight antioxidant that, like retinol, is good for helping to give skin a smoother appearance. It also includes niacinamide to help soothe skin.
Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Overnight Serum, £88
Images: courtesy of Dr Dennis Gross Skincare