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Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Overnight Serum Review

is a Solution for:
Crow's Feet, Fine Lines, Uneven Skin
Dr. Dennis Gross Wrinkle Recovery Overnight Serum
March 18, 2016 Reviewed by Valerie 3 Comments
TRU Rating
A powerful, yet gentle, nighttime serum


Smoothes out fine lines and wrinkles, evens out skin



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 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.

  • June 30, 2017

    by Marta

    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

  • June 30, 2017

    by Jennifer

    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.

  • March 18, 2016

    by Marta

    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.

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