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Dr. Dennis Gross CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 18 Sunscreen

Dr. Dennis Gross CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 18 Sunscreen is a daily anti-aging cream that color corrects while providing SPF coverage in a breathable, natural-looking formula. This CC Cream is ideal for those who want to even out their complexion, and hide uneven pigmentation and redness while protecting and hydrating their skin with a lightweight formula. Simply smooth over clean, dry skin and add another layer if more coverage is wanted. The powerful formula combines anti-aging actives and corrective coverage in a singular product, simplifying your routine and amplifying your regimen by offering a healthy dose of antioxidants, vitamins, and hydration. The CC Cream is available in two versatile shades to meet the needs of different skin tones. Our community of unbiased reviewers have already tested and approved this product, so you can try it yourself with confidence that it's effective.

This all in one CC cream instantly covers imperfections like blemishes and hyper-pigmentation while skin-nourishing ingredients—vitamins C and E and hyaluronic acid—deeply moisturize. Skin stays hydrated and fresh with hyaluronic acid and is protected from UVA/UVB damage with broad-spectrum sunscreen. The Hyaluronic Acid hydrates and plumps the skin while the potent antioxidants, Vitamins C and E, prevent collagen breakdown and help firm the skin. The CC Cream is easy to apply, and combines multiple steps into one product that evens, protects, and hydrates your skin.

Tested for 30 days and approved by Kathy:
I just finished my trial period of Dr. Dennis Gross CC Cream SPF 18 and I have been very pleased with the product though it fell short of covering flaws.

I am a 51-year-old caucasian woman with light to medium skin tone. I have some light crinkling in the usual places like the corner of eyes, between brows and forehead. My skin is fairly normal, neither too dry nor too oily. I do have some sun damage spots. I am a big believer in sun protection for my face always, even if I neglect applying elsewhere.

Let’s start with my expectations. I pretty much believe a product should live up to its own claims as advertised. According to Dr. Dennis Gross skincare, the CC Cream is “a daily anti-aging treatment that seamlessly corrects while masking flaws, providing color correction, and offering hydration and SPF protection.”

The application is flawless. Simply wash your face and apply or use your favorite serums first. I tried all types of serums, oils, lotions, creams and none affected the application of the CC cream. I applied the cream with my fingertips, with no particular pattern. I basically put a small dollop on my fingertip and used multiple fingertips to rub around for coverage. Coverage is very thin, it is does not mask flaws because it is very light-weight and verging on gel consistency. Dr. Dennis Gross recommends a second layer if you want a little more coverage. Even though I often tried two or even three layers, it never completely covers dark areas of skin. I used the light-medium shade and it blended with my skin tone perfectly and smoothly. I felt the product stays damp long enough to easily finish smoothing on your face, but does not transfer off to fingers or clothes later in the day. It leaves a dewy moist look to the face, which I generally do not like. So I often dusted with a bit of translucent powder to finish my look.

I really admire that the Dr. Dennis Gross CC Cream did not gather in crinkled areas of my skin. Also there was no line showing where application ended and amazing to me, even under my 10x magnifier mirror, no finger painting swirls or pigment concentration. The product looks good close up. One thing I do not want is to draw attention to fine lines and wrinkles. I was really impressed that this product performed so well in this area. I was also pleased enough with the sun protection factor to confidently leave my favorite sunscreen at home.

A problem I have with foundation is it makes me break out. If I wear a foundation, or other brands of CC cream for longer than a day or two over a week, I can count on some pimples on my nose, chin and forehead. I am not having that problem with the Dr. Dennis Gross CC Cream. This non-breakout factor is really important for a daily protection product.

I really like the squeeze tube applicator with a fine tapered tip. I have tried numerous CC creams and this dispensing is easy, clean and best of all predictable. You know how much is coming out of the tube and have a good feel for how full the tube is at all times.

Active ingredients include avobenzone 2% and octinoxate 7.5% as the sunscreen protectants. Allantoin is a notable inactive ingredient highly regarded for its skin soothing, healing and keratolytic (ability to remove excess skin) properties. It also softens the skin and enables it to absorb more moisture. Butylparaben is another inactive ingredient that caught my eye and as part of the paraben family, is a preservative and many studies have found a link between parabens and breast cancer.

The bottom line is I would purchase this product again. As long as you are not looking for a flawless complexion and are willing to allow your natural beauty to shine through this is a wonderful product. My face stayed protected from environment and sun. My skin felt moisturized and the color did not transfer. The coverage, though thin, was smooth and undetectable.

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by Kathy Roberts I just finished my trial period of Dr. Dennis Gross CC Cream SPF 18 ($36 in the shop) and I have been very pleased with the product though it fell short of covering flaws. I am a 51-year-old caucasian woman with light to medium skin tone. I have some light crinkling in the usual places... read more

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  • Tena

    (5 out of 5)

    The application is flawless. That's not so often with cc creams. Many of them have some yellow undertone which I dislike so much!, and somehow creamy look. I have fair skin and I don't use foundation regularly, but sometimes I opt for sheer covering and this cc cream is perfect. It has some chemical which I'd like to avoid, but since I am not putting it regularly, just occasionally, I can live with that.

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  • Kim

    March 28, 2017


    I absolutely loved this product, and am so sad it was discontinued... I can't seem to find a suitable replacement that isn't overly heavy and too much coverage. Sadly, the replacement product (Dr. Gross Instant Radiance Tinted Moisturizer) is heavy and mask-like, and not at all similar to the old CC cream.

  • Marta

    November 11, 2015


    Kathy, thanks for a great review. I tried this myself a few weeks ago and, like you, found the coverage to be very forgiving of 50-something creases. In the end, I couldn't get past the chemical sunscreen and parabens and have gone back to DDG's mineral sunscreen and my DuWop foundation.

  • Avobenzone 2.0%
  • Octinoxate 7.5%
  • Water (Aqua)
  • Cyclotetrasiloxane
  • Cetearyl Alcohol
  • Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate
  • Dromiceius Oil
  • Dimethicone
  • Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone
  • DEA-Cetyl Phosphate
  • PEG-40 Castor Oil
  • Tocopheryl Acetate
  • Sodium Hyaluronate
  • Allantoin
  • Sodium Ascorbate
  • Carbomer
  • Magnesium Aluminum Silicate
  • Hexyl Laurate
  • Polysorbate 60
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Sodium Dehydroacetate
  • Methylparaben
  • Isopropylparaben
  • Isobutylparaben
  • Butylparaben
  • [+/- (May Contain): Titanium Dioxide
Smooth over clean dry skin. For additional coverage, apply a second layer.

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