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Best of 2015: Marta's Pick

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December 8, 2015 Reviewed by Marta 8 Comments

‘Tis the season for the annual Truth In Aging best of the best awards. We will be awarding the title of "Best of 2015" to anti-aging skin care products in the categories of Eye Serum or Cream, Marta's Pick, Most Innovative Formula, Product Under $100, New Product Launch, Body Treatment, Hair Product, Readers' Pick and Product of the Year.

Over the coming days, I’ll be announcing the "Best of 2015" for products that have been lovingly formulated with heavy-hitting active ingredients or innovative approaches that truly deliver on their bold anti-aging claims. They are already winners with me and the Truth In Aging community. Of course, we'll be easing the "dollars spent" aspect with a special Best of 2015 Sale from now until December 21st.

To continue our awards season…. Drum roll….. Here’s my favorite anti-aging product of 2015:

Dr. Dennis Gross Original Alpha Beta Peel

Back in August I had been getting to know Dr. Dennis Gross Original Alpha Beta Peel ($88, in the shop) for about a month and was happy to reveal that I loved them. Now four months on, I would say that this product is no less than transformative. Of everything new that I have tried this year, it is the one that has made the most difference. I’m on my third pack. 

My skin is much more radiant. Fine lines are fading. I am especially pleased by my lip lines, which I pay extra attention to with the pads. Same for my diminishing (subtly but incontrovertibly) leopard spot on my right cheekbone. And contrary to my fear that a daily peel would make my skin dryer or thinner, it is plumper, firmer and healthier.  

This extraordinary product has made me a convert to a process called microexfoliation, critical to healthy and younger looking skin. Cells reproduce in the epidermal junction where they are held together by lipids, ceramides and long chain fatty acids. We are constantly shedding and regenerating, but as we age, the turnover rate of our cells slows down. Young cells gradually migrate to the skin surface where they die. Exfoliation removes those dead cells and speeds the process of skin cell turnover.

Although it is an additional step in my daily routine, ease of use of the two-step process of pre-soaked towelettes. It takes just a few swipes over the neck and face and then, after leaving for two minutes (the time it takes to clean my teeth), the second pad is applied evenly for a deeper effect.

Step one uses alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), including glycolic, citric, lactic and malic, plus one beta hydroxy acid (BHA), salicylic acid. It is worth noting that BHAs go a bit deeper than AHAs and will loosen dead cells that are lodged deep in the pores. Step neutralizes the acids in step one and brings to the party two forms of vitamin C, vitamin A (retinol and retinyl palmitate), vitamin E, water retaining phospholipids, resveratrol and ubiquinone.

These pads are Dr. Gross’ signature product, a daily dose of the peels that put his New York office at the center of the dermatological map. I can’t imagine being without them.

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  • February 29, 2016

    by Eric (CR&SG)

    Do not use products with Retinyl Palmitate! If you are exposed to sunlight with RP on your skin, studies have shown that RPalmitate grows carcinogenic tumors on the skin of rats in laboratory tests. It is a hazardous ingredient according to the Cosmetic Database. It is better to use MAP vitamin C which is a highly effective free radical scavenger and is a highly stabilized form of vitamin c.

    Anti-Age Safely,
    Eric :)

    Cosmetic Research & Safety Group

  • December 17, 2015

    by Sunnymay

    (5 out of 5)

    I used Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel and my pores never looked smaller and skin appeared air-brushed. I used the Smooth & Radiant 14 Day Peel Starter Set:
    14 Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength Pads
    14 Neutralizer Pads
    Ferulic + Retinol Brightening Solution which is anti-aging, anti-wrinkles
    By cutting the pads in half and placing in a plastic bag, I made them last longer.

  • December 17, 2015

    by Sunnymay

    (5 out of 5)

    I use the Smooth & Radiant 14 day Peel Starter Set which has 14 Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength pads in it. Followed by 14 Neutralizer pads and then apply Ferulic + Retinol Brightening Solution which is anti-aging. This is an easy to use system and good for starting out. My pores got smaller and my skin never looked so good as if air-brushed. To make the pads last longer, I cut them in half and keep them in a plastic bag.

  • December 10, 2015

    by Carolyn

    This was my pick for Best of 2015 also. I am 54 and have mature skin. It wasn't but a week after I incorporated Alpha Beta Peel into my regimine that others started giving compliments on my skin. When a young Mom at my Granddaughter's play group asked me what I used on my skin, I knew this product was a keeper!

  • December 8, 2015

    by Marta Wohrle

    Hi Ruby, I think it would be overkill. But I can't resist making a suggestion - why not try them instead of retinol. Or alternate and gradually wean yourself off retinol and on to the pads. I think they are very effective with fewer of the controversial safety issues that a prescription strength retinol has.

  • December 8, 2015

    by Kimberly

    (5 out of 5)

    IMHO, these are amazing. I am 56, and these have done more for my fine wrinkles, crepey skin, discolorations, pore size, etc, than any ONE product I have tried. I just bought a new box last week, and don't plan to be without them. Great choice for a Best of 2015 pick.

  • December 8, 2015

    by SusanG

    (5 out of 5)

    Included in an order I placed with TCA a couple of months ago, was a sample of these Dr. Gross peel pads. There might have been 4 or 5 pads in a small box. I saw a difference in my skin after using the 2nd or 3rd sample pad set (2 pads to a set). Truly, truly amazed at how pretty my skin looks and feels (rosacea spots lightened, smoothness of texture, fine lines really softened) ...and I'm not one to throw product compliments around lightly. I placed an order for a full box of the pads before I used up the last sample. And talk about easy, peas-y. Love em!

  • December 8, 2015

    by Ruby

    Thanks for the review. I was wondering if you could use this product along with my prescription Retin A or would it be too much? Thanks in advance

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