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Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic & Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peel

Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic & Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peel

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Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic & Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peel is just the single-step anti-aging boost your regimen needs. Used two to three times per week, this at-home peel improves the look of wrinkles and dark spots, and visibly firms skin. New York-based dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross based this retinol peel on his in-office treatments to accelerate your skin cells' renewal process for reduced wrinkles and more even skin tone and texture. Conditioning agents balance retinol's drying side effects. Marta tested this product and reported her sensitive skin smoother with less pigmentation in weeks, so you can try this peel yourself with confidence that it will work.

While this peel harnesses the power of retinol to speed up skin rejuvenation, its true strength lies in the hydrating components that keep skin supple in the process. Moisture-retaining hydroxyethyl urea, squalane and phospholipids work to keep your complexion comfortable as retinol does its work. Ferulic acid is a hard-working free radical scavenger that even boosts the potency of its fellow antioxidants! Additionally, this product is vegan and paraben and cruelty free.

Tested for 30 days and reviewed by Marta:
I have a healthy respect for retinol. I appreciate what it can do to help reduce wrinkles, but I am also aware of the hazards of overdoing it – particularly for aging, sensitive skin such as mine. When asked to try out the Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic & Retinol Wrinkle Recovery, I was cautiously curious. Would it fit in with my current regimen that includes (nee relies on) DDG’s AHA pads, would the results be worthy of a heavy hitter, and would it be too much for me? The answer is yes, yes and no.

Ferulic and Retinol Wrinkle Recovery is designed to be used 2-3 times per week, at night. I have been using it twice a week. I have also continued daily use of the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel, which means twice week I have been getting to have two peels. Surprisingly this has not proved too much for me. The results have been fantastic (with two caveats that I will come to in a moment). Plump, radiant skin and much-reduced freckles and dark spots.

The caveats are that this peel does leave my skin a little dry. Using it at night, I initially did not apply a moisturizer afterward as I didn’t want to interfere with the peel’s performance and was interested to see what my morning skin would look like. Well, it looks and feels a little dry. Nothing, however, that can’t be rectified with a slightly richer-than-usual moisturizer. The other is that this is no quick fix. At least there were no overnight results for me. Two weeks in (which would be four peels), I did start to notice a difference, although I wondered if this was mostly just the effect of the daily pads. But now at the end of four weeks, I am convinced that the Ferulic and Retinol Peel is definitely a significantly augmenting factor.

The product comes in the form of saturated pads. To me they have a noticeable whiff of bergamot, which I find pleasant (but then Earl’s Grey tea is mother’s milk to a woman brought up in England). I rub the pads firmly over the skin as directed, lingering on areas that need the most help (dark spots, lip lines). Before tossing the used pad, I eke out the remaining product on my knees and elbows (thanks, Kim, for that tip!). I did not experience any tingling and certainly no actual peeling.

I think that one of the strengths of this formula is that is so well-balanced with moisturizing ingredients. There’s hydroxyethyl urea (comparable to glycerin, which is also here), squalane and moisture retaining phospholipids and sphingolipids. An interesting ingredient is the botanical extract, rehmannia glutinosa root, which is credited with regulating the growth factor, TGF-beta1, as well as type IV collagen (source). Ferulic acid is an important antioxidant that improves the performance of vitamins.

There are a few ingredients that I would prefer to do without, including benzoic acid, a pH balancer, preservative and potential irritant, the possible carcinogens BHT and sodium benzoate. These aside, I would recommend the Ferulic and Retinol Peel to anyone looking to give their anti-aging regimen a serious boost.

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I have a healthy respect for retinol. I appreciate what it can do to help reduce wrinkles, but I am also aware of the hazards of overdoing it — particularly for aging, sensitive skin such as mine. When asked to try out the Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic and Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peel ($88 in the shop),... read more

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6 Reviews
  • Beth

    (4 out of 5)

    I really enjoyed using the pads, and I do believe that over time I may see better results beyond the short time allotted to me. I would cautiously recommend this product to others with the understanding that two weeks for any new product may not be enough time to see real results.

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  • Marta

    Hi Shalini, I think it depends on your skin and tolerance, but I am personally a little way about overdoing retinol and so I use the retinol moisturizer or the overnight recovery only on the days when I do not use the daily peel (I use the daily peel every other day at most). But I think you just have to find out what works for you.

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  • Shalini

    (4 out of 5)

    Hi Marta. What are the hazards of overdoing retinol? Also I'm very curious to understand if we need to top up this peel with the Dennis Gross retinol and ferulic serum? The directions on their website does mention that..but would that be overkill?

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  • Marta

    Hi Svetlana, it's usually a good idea to go with the manufacturer's advice. However, I personally really enjoy using the F+R Moisturizer.

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  • Svetlana

    I'm considering purchasing this peel but given it's tendency to cause dryness am wondering whether it should be paired with either the F + R Overnight Serum (as suggested on the Dr G website) or the F + R Moisturiser? Neither of the available reviews or comments make any mention of these products.

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  • Jessica

    (5 out of 5)

    I've been using DDG Original and Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peels as well as his Alpha Beta Meds-Spa (once weekly). I started using this newest product (for me) about two weeks ago--DDG Ferulic & Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peel. Although I've sworn off single-ingredient retinol products, this one does NOT seem to have any of the skin-dulling effects of the same.

    I absolutely LOVE how the Recovery Peel feels on my face, neck, décolleté, as well as on my arms and hands! There is enough product on the pad for all of these locations!! It is also a welcome ADDITION to the daily Alpha Beta Peels and the Meds-Spa (once a week). I've been using this newest product twice weekly at night. ALL are used on a freshly cleansed, dry face free of any other product.

    There is no discernible scent, I love the single-use packaging--there is no loss or evaporation with using a multi-use container (I'm NOT certain that this happens!!)s. It DOES make traveling easier if you want to use all 3 products.

    What else can I say!! These are a WELCOME addition to the micro peel systems by DDG. These along w/ 2-3 x weekly use of YBF's Prep (which I mix w/ ASDM's Gycolic Acid Cream OR ASDM's Ultra Firming to make it easier to spread AND so that I can leave it on longer and use it as a masque) and 2X/week use of a SKinTrophyMD microdermabrasion device---ALL have made my skin incredibly soft and a great "canvas" on which to apply my skin care regimen.

    There are no instructions on how long to keep the micro peel on your face before application of other products. I've been leaving it on for about ten minutes--during which time I floss and brush my teeth and slip on my clothes for the day (sans my top--so I do not accidentally drop/drip any product on the surface!). This product will definitely be a "keeper" in my skin care regimen as this past year has brought me some tremendous skin changes related to age. It's been a challenge to keep up!! But with TIA's assistance, I'm trying!!

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  • Karin

    January 14, 2016

    (3 out of 5)

    I was one of the individuals who tested this product a few months ago. Much like Marta's experience I found this to be drying and also did not want to use a moisturizer in fear of interfering with the products efficacy. Sadly that was a mistake as this product was way too drying for me to be using 3 times a week. It took a few visits to an esthetician to repair the serious dryness. But once my skin was well moisturized again I could see that these pads had made a difference in the overall appearance of my skin tone and size of my pores. I would use this again but only once a week. I also used it on the backs of my hands and seriously they look 10 years younger! I recommend this product but I also suggest being cautious and making sure you do some heavy moisturizing.

  • Water
  • Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water
  • SD Alcohol 40-B
  • Butylene Glycol
  • Hydroxyethyl Urea
  • PEG-8 Dimethicone
  • Ethoxydiglycol
  • Retinol
  • Ferulic Acid
  • Centella Asiatica Extract
  • Bisabolol
  • Soy Isoflavones
  • Rehmannia Glutinosa Root Extract
  • Sodium Hyaluronate
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
  • Phospholipids
  • Sphingolipids
  • Squalane
  • Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract
  • Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract
  • Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract
  • Sodium PCA
  • Lactic Acid
  • Mandelic Acid
  • Linoleic Acid
  • Linolenic Acid
  • Glycerin
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
  • Tetrasodium EDTA
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract
  • Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Extract
  • Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract
  • PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil
  • BHA
  • Trideceth-9
  • Polysorbate 20
  • Potassium Sorbate
  • Benzoic Acid
  • BHT
  • Sodium Benzoate
  • Phenoxyethanol
Thoroughly massage treatment pad onto clean, dry skin. If slight sensitivity occurs, reduce frequency of use until skin adjusts. For optimal results, use 2-3 times a week in the evening. Use sunscreen during the day.

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