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Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic & Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Overnight Serum

Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic & Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Overnight Serum

Five Best for Wrinkles 2016

Size: 1.0 oz (29 ml)

Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic & Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Overnight Serum is an nighttime serum featuring a dynamic trio of retinol, ferulic acid, and niacinamide to fade wrinkles and firm skin. Make the most of your beauty sleep and wake up to skin that's radiant and more even in tone than ever.

New York-based dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross developed this serum with a special time-released dose of retinol to bolster your complexion's natural repairing processes throughout the night. Ferulic acid puts in overtime as a free radical fighter and booster of the other antioxidants in this formula. Finally, niacinamide retextures your complexion for unbelievably smooth skin. Additionally, this product is vegan, and cruelty and paraben free, so you can feel good using it.

Tested for 30 days and approved by Valerie:
I have been testing the Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Overnight Serum. My experiences with retinol have been hit or miss for a variety of reasons, which is why I was excited to try another retinol product. As with any retinol product, it shouldn’t necessarily be used everyday. I opt to use a retinol product every other day as I am careful not to overexfoliate my skin.

The container is an airless pump and also made of a brown colored plastic, both of which are helpful in preserving the freshness of the product. The serum itself has a creamy appearance rather than that of a watery serum. Nonetheless, this product sinks right into the skin. You can even put a facial oil on top if desired.

This product does boast a time-released version of retinol. For this reason I believe, I did not experience any sensitivity. Most retinol directions say not to use near your eyes and while I didn’t run it right under my lash line or anything, I didn’t have any issues. In the past, I have experienced pretty uncomfortable dryness in my eyes when using retinol, which I’m happy to say didn’t happen with this serum, yay!

Everyone pretty much knows about the benefits of retinol and Marta has many articles available on TIA, so I won’t expound upon this ingredient here. Ferulic acid is a powerful antioxidant and niacinimide is a derivative of vitamin B3 that suppresses melanin from reaching the surface of the skin and protects the skin from further UV damage. All that being said, I have started to notice a reduction in the wrinkle depth of my crows feet. Even more impressive, was that a colleague of mine described my skin as looking creamy, which is a descriptor I would have never previously used when referring to my skin.

All in all, I am very happy with this product and think that the extended use of this serum will yield even better results. It’s my belief that when only using a product about three times a week, you’ve got to allow additional time for the results. Considering that I’ve already seen an improvement, I’m impressed.

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I have been testing the Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Overnight Serum ($88 in the shop). My experiences with retinol have been hit or miss for a variety of reasons, which is why I was excited to try another retinol product.  As with any retinol product, it shouldn’t necessarily... read more

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  • Nancy

    (5 out of 5)

    I use this serum a few nights a week and it definitely delivers visible benefits for my skin. It minimizes and smooths my pores and gives my skin an all-over smoother, firmer texture. I guess I'd describe it as looking clearer and more "refined." I always apply moisturizer after it has initially sunk into my skin, and have never found it to be drying. Good stuff!

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  • Marta

    We will have samples available for account holders very shortly.

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  • sonoko

    Hello Lorna,

    I have a combination skin, (little on dry side) occasional acne, I've been using this product for a couple weeks and has not gave me any problems. It is surprising hydrating for me. I really like this product but since everyone's skin is different and mine is not sensitive, I do not know for sure how it will be with others. There are more reviews posted now on Sephora and DDG sites. If you have Sephora account, I think you could ask for a sample to test out before committing to a full bottle.

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  • Lorna

    I was looking forward to perhaps trying this product, then I unfortunately read a review by a customer on the Space NK (UK) website (it was the only review for the Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic & Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Overnight Serum). It reads as follows:-

    1 out of 5
    So disappointed.
    06 April 2016
    Bath, UK
    "I had such high hopes for this and I'm gutted it hasn't worked out. This gave me the WORST breakout I have EVER had. I maybe get one spot every two months if that. The first night I tried this the next morning I had small red bumps with white heads all over both cheeks. The next day I had much larger spots everywhere. I thought perhaps it was a one off and being that I really wanted to like this I thought I would persevere and try again. I've now tried it three times, each time with 1-2 days between uses and I'm now living in a constant state of acne which I've NEVER HAD. I leave for holiday in a week and praying it will clear up. What a waste of nearly £80. Gutted."

    I was so keen to try the Dr. Dennis Gross FERULIC + RETINOL WRINKLE RECOVERY OVERNIGHT SERUM, but now I must admit I've lost a little confidence about whether I should purchase this product or not, as I am occasionally plagued by some hormonal breakouts (unrelated as far as I know to the items in my current skincare regime). Does anyone have an opinion on this product? Should I give it a go, and assume the Space NK reviewer was an anomaly, or has anybody else had a similar reaction?
    I'd really appreciate your feedback.

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  • Marta

    (5 out of 5)

    I approached this serum with some caution. I have sensitive skin and a healthy respect for retinol based products, appreciating their usefulness, but anxious not to overdo them. I was curious as well as a little trepidatious as to how I would do on a month-long nightly trial of this serum.

    I started out with a cautious every other night. Within a week, I realized that not only was the Overnight Serum very gentle, but I was waking up looking pretty damn good. I upped it to every night and have used it thus for the past four weeks.

    I am getting compliments on my skin and I, personally, am appreciating improved radiance, clarity and smoothed out fine lines. I should note tbat I have decreased my beloved Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel ($88 in the shop) to every other day in the interest of not over exfoliating, as there are several alpha hydroxyl acids in the Overnight Serum.

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  • Marta

    Hi Benjer, we asked DDG and they said that they don't give out the concentration as it is a proprietary blend of retinol and ferulic acid, which gives "high potency results of retinol, but the ferulic acid buffers it to prevent sensitivity".

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  • Benjer

    What is the retinol percentage in this serum ? Can you please find out Truth in antiaging team ?

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  • Marta

    June 30, 2017


    Hi Jennifer, as the name of the product implies, this product is to be used at night and therefore would not (unless you are in Lapland in the summer) be exposed to sunlight

  • Jennifer

    June 30, 2017


    I thought retinyl palmitate could become carcinogenic when exposed to UV light. I used to use a product daily containing it, but when I read this, I stopped. I'm surprised this is a 5* rating.

  • Marta

    March 18, 2016


    So happy that you liked this Valerie. I've been testing it alongside you (another week or so before my write up) and I am thrilled with it. I also notice that is has silibum - the wonderful ingredient in our new find, Difinsa.

  • Water
  • DiCaprylyl Carbonate
  • Niacinamide
  • Cetyl Alcohol
  • Propanediol
  • Isostearyl Alcohol
  • Jojoba Esters
  • Retinol
  • Ferulic Acid
  • Collagen Amino Acids
  • Sodium Hyaluronate
  • Hexylresorcinol
  • Ellagic Acid
  • Gallic Acid
  • Silybum Marianum Ethyl Ester
  • Tocopherol
  • Phospholipids
  • Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract
  • Linoleic Acid
  • Linolenic Acid
  • Mandelic Acid
  • Lactic Acid
  • Sodium PCA
  • Retinyl Palmitate/Carrot Polypeptide
  • Retinyl Palmitate
  • Glycerin
  • Evodia Rutaecarpa Fruit Extract
  • Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax
  • Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax
  • Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
  • Polyglycerin-3
  • Tricaprylin
  • Acrylates/Carbamate Copolymer
  • Butylene Glycol
  • BHT
  • Butylene Glycol Cocoate
  • Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer
  • Polymethyl Methacrylate
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Ethylcellulose
  • Disodium EDTA
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract
  • Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Extract
  • Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract
  • Octoxynol-9
  • Phenoxyethanol
Nightly, massage 2-3 pumps into clean, dry skin. Follow with moisturizer of your choice. Use sunscreen during the day.

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