Thursday, 15 February 2018

Dr Dennis Gross the Glow Getter skincare set -review

I had wanted to try Dr Dennis Gross skincare for a long time but considering their high price point and the fact that I have so many products already in my stash I wasn't exactly rushing to do so. But when I saw the Glow Getter set in the post Christmas sale on Cult Beauty I immediately put it in my virtual basket and checked out without hesitation. The set is not available anymore but all the products are in their regular sizes. I've used up all the daily peels sachets and I'm finishing off the serum and the cream and I thought it was the time to share with you my experience with these products and whether they are worth the high price tag they come with.

Dr Dennis Gross the Glow Getter skincare set, Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peels

I was using the daily peel every other night, followed by the serum and the moisturiser for 4 weeks and now I'm still continuing using the serum and moisturiser as a part of my evening skincare routine, surprisingly the travel sizes last really well.
I have used all the products from the set together and at the same time so it's hard for me to say how well they would work on their own but what I can say is that my skin has been looking really good, it's very smooth, it's firmer, plumper and glowing, any texture has almost disappeared completely. I feel so much more confident in my own skin that going bare face on casual days hasn't been a problem for me.
Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peels, from £16.50 for 5 treatments
Buy here: Cult Beauty, Space NK
This is the product I was the most excited about as I'm all about chemical exfoliation and my skin loves acids. These peels are extra strength yet they're gentle enough to use daily, I didn't want to over-exfoliate my skin as it happens to me quite often so I used them every other night. I didn't use any other exfoliators (apart from the Merumaya Exfoliating tonner on nights I didn't use the Dr Dennis Gross Peels), whether chemical or physical, during that month as I really wanted to make sure I've given them a good and fair test. I also didn't use any other intensive treatment products, just very gentle, mostly focusing on hydration, skincare (check out my Winter skincare update).
The Alpha Beta Peel is a 2-step treatment, the first step is to exfoliate and resurface the skin while the second is to neutralise the acids and protect the 'new' skin cells with anti-aging ingredients.
Step 1: Purified Water (Aqua Purificata), Alcohol Denat., Glycolic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Salicylic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Lactic Acid, Mandelic Acid, Malic Acid, Citric Acid, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Menthyl Lactate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Soy Isoflavones, Copper PCA, Zinc PCA, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum), Sodium Benzoate Ingredients
The exfoliating pad is soaked in a liquid packed with  five alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids (glycolic, lactic, malic, citric and salicylic) which dissolve the oldest, top layer of skin full of dead, dull cells to reveal the younger skin cells beneath which makes the skin look more radiant and youthful.
You need to apply the liquid in circular motions all over your face, I go down my neck and d├ęcolletage as well, until the pad feels dry. Then you need to wait 2 minutes to let the acids work their magic, I usually left it for a bit longer. Despite the pads being classified as extra strength I didn't find them harsh nor irritating, I felt a bit of tingling sensation but that's perfectly normal. Bare in mind that my skin is well accustomed with acids so if you're new to them it's probably better if you start your treatments with the regular Alpha Beta Daily Peels from the brand.
Step 2: Purified Water (Aqua Purificata), Sodium Bicarbonate, Resveratrol, Retinol, Ascorbic Acid, Ubiquinone, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Phospholipids, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Soy Isoflavones, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Copper PCA, Sodium PCA, Zinc PCA, Octoxynol-9, Simethicone, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol
After a few minutes I follow with the step 2 pad which is soaked in a liquid rich in powerful anti-aging ingredients like Retinol, Resveratrol, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10) and Vitamins C and E which smooth, refine and protect the skin, stimulate collagen production and fuel our skin cells with energy to work more efficiently. Again I apply the pad in circular motions on my face and neck until it feels dry and wait a few minutes before applying serum next.
I find the step 2 soothing on the skin and despite the presence of retinol I didn't experience any skin dryness nor flaking.
I love how effective these pads are, they truly helped to decongest my skin, get rid of texture and make it brighter. After 2, 3 uses my skin got a few small breakouts but I think it was just the 'purging' phase which cleared out quickly and since then I basically haven't had any major pimples or spots.
And how convenient are those sachets, perfect if you travel often and don't want to skip your special treatments but prefer to keep your beauty bag light.

Dr Dennis Gross C + Collagen Brighten & Firm Vitamin C Serum,  Dr Dennis Gross C + Collagen Deep Cream

Dr Dennis Gross C + Collagen Brighten & Firm Vitamin C Serum

C + Collagen Brighten & Firm Vitamin C Serum, £79 for 30ml
Buy here: Cult Beauty, Space NK

Water, Glycerin, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Niacinamide, Glycereth-7 Triacetate, Lactic Acid, SD Alcohol 40-B, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Ascorbic Acid, Collagen Amino Acids, Superoxide Dismutase, Glycine, Carnitine HCl, Ubiquinone, Hexylresorcinol, Emblica Officinalis Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Isoquercetin, Mandelic Acid, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Phytic Acid, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Citrate, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 20, T-Butyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 80, Denatonium Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Caramel

I find good quality products containing Vitamin C work wonders for my skin making it brighter, more radiant and plumper so I was very excited to have this serum to try. I have a 7ml travel size which comes with a pump just as the full size which I greatly appreciate.
The serum has a consistency of a liquid-y gel with caramel colour which is down to the actual caramel as a colouring being present and not the Vitamin C going off. There is a natural scent to the serum which some might not find pleasant but I'm not really bother by it and it dissipates quickly.
The serum is very fast absorbing and a little goes a long way.
There are three types of Vitamin C presentin the serum: 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbic Acid and Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate which all help to increase collagen production in the skin (helo plumper, tighter skin!), make  wrinkles and lines less prominent, improve tone of the skin by reducing hyperpigmentation and dark spots caused by sun damage. The skin looks brighter and more radiant.
Another important ingredient I was excited to see high up on the list is Niacinamide which is another anti-aging superhero, it helps to fade dark spots, brightens the skin, visibly reduce the appearance of large pores and uneven skin tone.
There is also Collagen Amino Acid Complex which, again, helps the skin to look more youthful, Lactic and Mandelic Acid to bring back that glow-y complexion, Glycerin for hydration and some more ingredients which help the skin to look healthier.
There is an alcohol on the ingredients list which is probably needed for the other actives to penetrate the skin easier but it can cause an irritation in very sensitive skin or dry it out. I've not experience either of the side effects though.
As I mentioned earlier it's hard for me to put a finger on which part of the Glow Getter set made the biggest job as I started using them at the same time and I think they complement each other very well but I'm sure the serum had a big role in making my skin feel and look firmer and radiant. And it has ingredients to back up that theory :)
C + Collagen Deep Cream, £77 for 50ml

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Dimethicone, Sucrose, Pentylene Glycol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Collagen Amino Acids, Niacinamide, Carnitine HCl, Hydroxyproline, Glycine, Carnitine, Squalane, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopherol, Saccharide Isomerate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Superoxide Dismutase, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Ubiquinone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Glycolic Acid, Lecithin, Biotin, Maltodextrin, Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Cananga Odorata Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Cupressus Sempervirens Leaf/Stem Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Rose Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Wood Extract, Triethyl Citrate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sorbitan Isostearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Phytate, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Trisodium EDTA, Ammonium Hydroxide, Tromethamine, Potassium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 60, Carbomer, Alcohol, Disodium Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate

To finish off my evening skincare routine I had this moisturiser which is the perfect company for the serum. It has a lightweight texture but it feels quite rich on the skin, definitely a night time cream for my combination skin. It has a very subtle citrusy scent which adds to the pleasure of using it.
I noticed that if I apply a bit too much it can pile up which is not an issue for me since I use it in the evening but it might be for those wanting to apply it before makeup. It definitely makes my skin glowing. And it's very hydrating and nourishing, the morning after using it at night my skin looks plump and radiant.
The moisturiser contains most of the ingredients the serum does but also lots of hydrating and nourishing natural extracts and oils like Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, fruit extracts and Glycolic Acid for gentle exfoliation and glowing complexion, Squalane which is deeply hydrating and many other powerful nutrients.
I think the moisturiser makes the perfect addition to the serum as it carries out the same brightening and anti-aging properties while nourishing and hydrating skin more.
Overall I'm very impressed with this set of products. After the festive time and trialling way too many products at once my skin was in a quite a state, very congested, with lots of visible texture going on. One month later my skin is very smooth, with almost no breakouts, much brighter and glowing complexion.
If you want to update your exfoliating routine and want something effective and convenient then I highly recommend the pads, yes, they're pricey but you don't need to use them every day.
If you want skincare products with Vitamin C, and I think after Winter we all need to boost our skin with some glow inducing ingredients, then I would suggest investing in the serum and, possibly, the moisturiser as they're really effective.
And if you manage to get your hands on this Glow Getter set (still available online in Sephora) then you won't go wrong in my opinion.
If I didn't have a stash of products waiting to be tried and tested (the beauty blogger's reality) I would definitely repurchase these products right away even though they're expensive, as they've been working very well for my skin.
Have you tried any skincare from Dr Dennis Gross? Which other products can you recommend for me from his line?

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