Jan 252011

This time of year, some notice that their skin looks a little dull. You can reach for higher coverage foundation and a highlighter, but another option is to exfoliate your skin.  I typically do some type of deep exfoliation at least once a week, in addition to cleansing thoroughly with a Clarisonic almost every day.

Recently, I stumbled across a trial pack of five Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel, that I must have picked up as a gift with purchase along the way.  Sephora.com sells a ten-pack for $28, although there are 30-packs and even larger quantities sold in jars if you wish.

I must precede this review with this caveat–your mileage may vary. Honestly, there are few things as personal as skincare, your individual skin type, needs and sensitivities are probably totally different than mine.  Generally, my skin is not very sensitive, it easily breaks out but rarely reacts to some products that others find harsh.

Dr. Dennis Gross’ Alpha Beta’s Daily Face Peel is gentle enough to use every day, although I used them only once every week.  They are two parts–you use the cotton square enclosed in each foil pack as a two-step system.  First, use Step 1 all over until its dry;  second, do the same with the second.  I experienced no stinging or redness, and afterwards my skin felt glowing, exfoliated and very clean.  I did not notice any other significant changes, such as any lightening or fewer lines of any kind.  In other words, these are a very pleasant, gentle and effective way to exfoliate.

And a much better alternative to heavy foundation.

According to the manufacturer:

This quick, easy, gentle microexfoliation formula instantly firms skin and eliminates dullness revealing a luminous look that lasts all day long. It treats enlarged pores and calms redness with soothing botanicals. Patented two-step technology creates radiant results, for all ages and skin types, in two minutes—no recovery time necessary.

Ingredient list:
Step 1 Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua Purificata), Alcohol Denat., Glycolic Acid, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Potassium Hydroxide, Salicylic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Soy Isoflavones, Disodium Edta, Copper Pca, Zinc Pca, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance (Parfum)

Step 2 Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua Purificata), Octoxynol-9, Sodium Bicarbonate, Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Soy Isoflavones, Peg-12 Dimethicone, Tetrasodium Edta, Copper Pca, Phospholipids, Retinol, Zinc Pca, Phenoxyethanol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben.

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  3 Responses to “Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel”

  1. Amy, just curious to see if you’ve used Philosophy’s Microdelivery Peel and if so, how would you compare it to this? Thanks!

  2. This is my favorite product ever. Like you, I discovered it through a sample pack. Unlike you, I did experience dramatic results after a few days of use, and purchased the 30-day pack which I’ve almost finished. Mostly, I’m impressed that it cleared my acne (which I’ve struggled with my whole adult life). It’s also fading some sun spots, albeit slowly. And it has smoothed some scarring that I had on my face.

    I do use it daily despite the cost and the slight hassle of that 2-minute wait for step 2. I consider it my “acne prescription”.

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