Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Dr. Dennis Gross 14 Day Challenge: Day 1

Note: This is an unsolicited, honest review. I purchased the products with my own funds. I am including Amazon Affiliate links in the post.

Day 1 Before
I need to lighten the mood here, and I'm also looking pretty terrible -- my skin is getting a double whammy of stress and hormones right now, and I am desperate to start looking and feeling better. I happened to be at the mall today right near the Sephora store, and had about an hour to kill. I didn't get the usual expert service there that I'm used to -- the service associate basically used the self-help tool that customers can use to find a product, and didn't have any specific recommendations for me. She was really young and didn't have a line or a visible pore on her face, so she probably doesn't spend much time thinking about skincare.   I specifically wanted something with retinol, because that is the one thing that has been proven to help improve both breakouts and wrinkles, and I'm looking at both right now. I don't want some magical new ingredient that is hyped up with fancy-sciencey-sounding words.
I watched the associate use the tool three or four times, and I noticed that Dr. Dennis Gross products were near the top of the recommendations list each time. I didn't want to spend a lot on a product that I didn't know would work, so Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel 14 Day Challenge product seemed perfect to me.  It was about half the price of the full-sized product I was interested in, the Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution,
A tiny (0.25 oz) sample of this product is included in the kit as the final step.

Here's my protocol for the challenge. I am using the kit in the evenings, after washing with my Clarisonic Mia 2 (with a Delicate brush head) and CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser. I'll follow later with CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion.  In the morning, I'll just wash my face with my hands and the same cleanser and use a moisturizer with sunscreen. I'll report my results in 14 days, and maybe even check in midway if it seems like there is anything happening.

The facial kit includes 14 days worth of peel pads -- the first step is the peel and the second step supposedly neutralizes the peel ingredients. I got the regular version but there is also an Extra Strength version. The peel pads are about the size and texture of Wet-Naps.  Some people have reported cutting them in half and stuffing them back in the packets and somehow resealing them to make them last longer. I am just using them as is, but I'm doing my neck and d├ęcolletage as well. I even might do the backs of my hands.

I noticed a tingling sensation when using the first peel pad, which was just short of unpleasant, but did make me feel like the product was working.  I set a timer on my phone for the two minutes specified on the package directions before tearing into the second pad. It did seem to soothe that tingly feeling.

The next step was to smooth on some of this serum. It was hard to know how much to use but I tried a dropperful. I might try using a little less next time., as I had more than enough and I don't want to waste any.

I won't know how things are going for a little while, but my skin feels better.  I'm hoping to see quite a difference. I'll be watching for fading of brown spots, clearing of acne, and/or softening of fine lines and wrinkles.

Have you had any experience with this or a similar product?

1 comment:

  1. I just use good moisturizer. Actually several moisturizers. All Arbonne.

    I have always wondered what changed my skin. I had terrible acne at my heaviest. Upper back and face. It totally stopped. I don't know if it was a chemical change in my body as I lost my excess weight, OR if it was a food product/additive reaction type thing. Maybe it was both.


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