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What's Working For Me Now: Winter 2016

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January 26, 2016 Reviewed by Marta 10 Comments

There are plenty of newcomers in my current regimen, as well as some old faithfuls. What’s more, when I audit what is working for me right now, I can see some new heroes in the making.

Here’s one of them. Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel pads ($88 in the shop) are well and truly part of my regimen. They were a feature of the last What’s Working For Me back in September and four months on they are definitely a keeper. I would go so far as to say this two-step system has been transformative. I swear that I don’t have a single open pore, my leopard spot is fading and my lip lines are diminishing.

A surprising addition is a Ferulic & Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peel ($88 in the shop). This is a new product from the Dr. Dennis Gross oevre and is designed to be used 2-3 times a week. I have kept them on after my testing period, as I do appreciate the help they are giving my neck and deeper lines, but find that, for me, once a week is enough.

My eyes are really loving two new serums. I use the Niod Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate ($65) in the morning. I found that it really is firming and the roster of actives, with plenty of peptides, is truly impressive. Another eye serum that punches way above its price is SkinOwl Eye+ ($46 in the shop) and I use it at night for its depuffing qualities and slew of amino acids that make my skin look younger and rested.

As a result of testing an eyelash growth product, I can bat long, black lashes with some pride. Unfortunately, the active seems to be coral and I can’t bear the idea of harvesting a protected marine environment for the sake of long lashes and ditched it. I do like the effect though, so I’ve taken to using AQ Lash ($135).

As far as face serums go, I have incorporated Rejuvel 3D ($149 in the shop) into my regimen and layer it with either E’shee’s KI ($189 in the shop) or MitoQ, ($119 in the shop), two firm favorites and that I still find hard to beat. At night I am alternating between my latest find from Bottega Organica, the Multi-Active Face Serum ($88) and Dr. Dennis Gross Triple C Peptide Firming Oil ($62 in the shop). As the days are colder and dryer, I find I do need a moisturizer and I fall back on the lovely and soothing one from I Pekar ($78 in the shop) and have very recently started to use SkinOwl’s wonderfully (deceptively) simple Geranium Beauty Drops ($30 in the shop).

With a dogged focus on my neck (this will be the year that I get it in sync with my face, I swear), I am using my Truth Vitality Lux Renew ($279 in the shop) with renewed vigor on face as well as neck and alternating ultrasound and red LED. I also use the above-mentioned DDG Alpha Beta Peel pads daily and my neck creams are Soleil Toujours Daily Anti-Aging Power Serum for Face & Neck ($145) Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic & Retinol Fortifying Neck Emulsion ($75 in the shop). This neck regimen does seem to paying off.  

Finally, I should mention that winter lips need Your Best Face Quench ($15 in the shop) and I am always impressed by how long a smear of it lasts. This is not one of those balms that require continuous reapplication. In my case, winter shoes and thick tights leave me with rough, uncomfortable feet and Pure Glam Peppermint Grapefruit Hand and Foot Repair ($28) has been a godsend.

  • February 17, 2016

    by RF

    Hi Marta,

    Thanks so much, I will be very interested to hear your thoughts about it. I am in my mid-50s and in the past two years have been trying to make the shift to more natural skin and haircare products. Finding truly effective anti-aging/mature skin products that are more natural, with the least amount of bad/potentially harmful ingredients possible is not an easy task, but the TIA website is incredibly helpful.

    I know the DDG products do not necessarily fall into the natural product category, but since they seem to be highly effective, I am thinking of using them on a daily basis for one to two months to start out, and then scaling back to less frequent use.

    Thanks again for your response and for such an informative website.

  • February 17, 2016

    by Marta

    Hi RF, recently (starting about 2 weeks ago), I cut back to every other day. But I haven't taken a break. I had no particular reason for cutting back other than to see what would happen. Jury is still out and I may go back to daily use. I'll hop back on in a couple of weeks and report back.

  • February 17, 2016

    by RF

    Hi Marta,

    Based on your reviews, I am planning to try the DDG Alpha Beta peel pads at night and MitoQ serum during the day. Since you started including the DDG peel pads in your regime, have you taken a break from using them at any time?


  • January 26, 2016

    by Ruth

    Always look forward to these write ups. The articles by Marta are so well researched, and the products are so well-edited, that I'd feel confident using any of Marta's picks.

  • January 26, 2016

    by Allie

    Hi Marta!

    So glad to hear that Soleil Toujours' Daily Anti-Aging Power Serum is working well for you as part of your daily routine. You are looking radiant!

  • January 26, 2016

    by Marta

    Hi Paula, yes it can as long as you don't have a hyperactive thyroid (which can make you more sensitive to heat)

  • January 26, 2016

    by Paula

    Hi, Marta,

    I, too, would like to firm up my neck. Can you tell if the Truth Vitality Lux Renew can be used in ULTRASOUND mode on all areas of the neck. Some information says no.

    Please advise,
    Thanks! :)

  • January 26, 2016

    by Kim

    I am 49 and it seems my skin has been more dull, has more age spots and it is not as radiant as it used to be. Thanks to all of your great information, I decided to try the Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta peels along with the Triple C Peptide Oil. I love these 2 products together at night. I think my face doesn't look as dull and it appears more radiant and smoother. I am now looking for a serum that I can use in the mornings. I think I am going to try the MitoQ! Thanks!

  • January 26, 2016

    by Marta

    Hi Dennis, I have done some research on the lavender issue. The concern is with a component called linalool and I believe this would only be harmful if using just 100% lavender oil.

  • January 26, 2016

    by Dennis

    You're looking very fresh and rosy, Marta!

    Unfortunately I have stopped using DDG Triple C Peptide because I read a review on how bad lavender oil is to the skin even in low doses. Any thoughts on that? Also the PH is far to high for the AHA and BHA's in it to have any effect. I wonder why they included them? I am still in love with DDG's sunblock though!

    I have been using instanatural age defying retinol, and anteage's serums. Any chance you guys are interested in testing these products?

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