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.
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.