But First, Let Me Take a #shelfie

As a first year intern at Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, I get to watch the ins and outs of what it takes to run a successful company. After countless meetings, presentations, and several conference calls daily, you’ll find our president and C.E.O., Carrie Gross, whose decisions affect both the short-term and long-term success of the company, remains an ageless wonder.

I was fortunate enough to snag some time to interview her on her daily routine and what she keeps in her medicine cabinet to keep herself so fresh and youthful:

Q: Healthy skin goes beyond the skincare products we use. How does healthy eating and daily exercise positively affect your skin?
A: I believe it keeps your skin detoxified, increases circulation and metabolism, and it allows antioxidants to flow freely to every part of your body. High-impact exercise, such as running, causes skin laxity, which is why I mainly stick to yoga and love classes like Physique57.

Q: What is your morning skincare routine?
A:  I start by examining my skin using a magnified mirror to see what my skin needs. I cleanse with Clarisonic and apply an Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel. Then I use Ferulic + Retinol Brightening Solution and layer it with our Hydration Booster. I am big on layering my serums and moisturizers! After that, I use a lab sample of our new Ferulic + Retinol Eye Cream, which will be released this Fall -it’s the best eye cream for my concerns!
Then, I apply our CC Cream (perfect finish and has just the right SPF protection), and finish off with my makeup. I like to accent my brows, lips, and cheeks in a very natural way. It’s important at my age. I also love lip products – balms, liners, lipsticks, and glosses. My go-tos include Tom Ford, Chantecaille, Bobbi Brown, and Chanel. Other makeup favorites include It Cosmetic’s Mascara, Dior Show Mascara, and Tarte’s Park Avenue Princess as a bronzer on my cheeks. Hourglass has great eye pencils.

Q: What are your favorite hair products?
A: I use our Root Resilience System – 3 simple treatments that literally cured my shedding issues. Sometimes, I even take our Scalp Serum and make a hair mask using items from the kitchen such as egg yolk, yogurt, and honey. This helps to thicken, strengthen and smooth my hair. I like Alterna styling products to finish.

Q: I know you are always testing new products. Can you give us a hint as to what may be released in the upcoming months?
A: I am very focused on our latest Medi-Spa Peel. It’s a weekly treatment (I actually use it 2x a week) in conjunction with our daily peel. Your skin craves exposure to new ingredients and this peel delivers a new mix of acids, as well as a brand new formula for step two, which is a milky peptide emulsion.  Did you know that peels hydrate and smooth your skin? Many people think peels can irritate and it’s BIG misconception!

Q: What are your three desert island products?
A: Alpha Beta Peel, Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel, and Alpha Beta Medi-Spa Peel. I have been peeling for the past fifteen years and cannot go a day without! I’m addicted.

CEW beauty insider 2014: we won!

Hot on the heels of its big Men’s Health Grooming Award win, One Step Acne Eliminating Pads were announced as this year’s Acne Treatment winner at the CEW Beauty Insider Awards. This prestigious prize isn’t our first in the acne category — we won in 2007 for All-Over Blemish Solution.

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, One Step Acne Eliminating Pad
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, One Step Acne Eliminating Pad

What makes One Step Acne Eliminating Pads so special? Dr. Dennis Gross developed this formula to battle blemishes at all stages of a breakout — even before you can see them on your skin. “No matter what your cause of acne, it all comes from a blockage in the oil gland,” said Dr. Dennis Gross. Oil quality, not quantity, is the culprit when it comes to blemishes. Oil should flow freely through the pore — think olive oil — but unhealthy oil gets stuck (like Crisco). “My L-Carnitine Complex attacks the oil problem by helping to correct the quality, not letting it get stuck in the pipeline and actually expelling it from the pore.”

Packed with natural ingredients to soothe (not scare!) your skin, the One Step Acne Eliminating Pads are available on dgskincare.com.

glow pad receives the prestigious patent!

We received big news this week! We’ve long touted how special the Alpha Beta® Glow Pad™ is, but as it turns out, we’re not the only people that recognized their brilliance. The US Patent Office has awarded Glow Pad™ with a patent — the combination of Active Vitamin D, Microencapsulated DHA, and skin-nourishing extracts. The combo of ingredients results in a treatment that’s exfoliating, anti-aging, and self-tanning, all in an easy-to-use pad. Trust us — pale and golden girls alike will love the results they see after just one swipe! Want to learn more? Read all about it on PRNewswire.com

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta® Glow Pad for Face and Body
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta® Glow Pad for Face and Body


top tips: picking the best hat for the kentucky derby

The Kentucky Derby is tomorrow, and many people — we included — use it as an opportunity to get dressed up and flaunt our most festive hats. But there’s more to wearing hats than being on trend.

Photo of Kentucky Derby Hat via dianegottsman.com
Photo of Kentucky Derby Hat via dianegottsman.com

When out enjoying mint juleps and watching horses, be sure to choose a hat that truly helps protect you from sun exposure. It’s not just about protecting your scalp — though it is often neglected when it comes to sunscreen application. A good hat should help protect your face, neck, and even shoulders, too. Straw hats should be tightly woven, and all hats should have a large brim. Did you know that for every inch of hat brim that you regularly wear, you’re reducing your risk of skin cancer by 10%? That means consistently wearing a hat with a 5-inch brim can cut your risk in half! But no matter how shady your sunhat is, don’t forget to apply your SPF.

What’s your favorite part about the Kentucky Derby?

tame your hair giveaway with dgskincare and franceluxe!

Now that it’s finally getting warmer, we can stop hiding our hair under hats, hoods, and scarves! We’ve been nourishing our hair all winter long with Root Resilience products. (Don’t forget — by treating your scalp with anti-aging ingredients, you’ll see thicker, shinier, younger-looking hair.) But what’s great hair without the perfect accessories?

FranceLuxe and DGSkincare Tame Your Hair Giveaway
FranceLuxe and DGSkincare Tame Your Hair Giveaway

From today, 4/28 to 5/2, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare™ is pairing up with FranceLuxe to help you tame your hair, once and for all, with a giveaway valued at over $500 (check it out — all the prizes are in the above image). With Root Resilience and Alpha Beta® Peels from DG, and positively indulgent (and super fun!) clips, headbands, and ties from FranceLuxe, your hair will be turning heads all season long.

To enter, just head to our Facebook page and FranceLuxe’s Facebook page and make sure you’re a fan of both of us. You can also enter right here! We can’t wait to see the winner rock their new look — what prize in the basket are you most excited about winning?

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QVC hour show!

Hello to our QVC fans!

Here at Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, we have SPRINGTIME on the brain thanks to this gorgeous weather – you too? Tulips… sunshine…. sandals…. and our favorite, of course: brand new spring skincare — all with science behind it!

The heavy-duty formulas served us well this winter (ahem, Polar Vortex) but it’s finally time to swap them for lighter textures. Dr. Gross is dedicating a whole hour QVC show to helping you do just that on Thurs., April 17 at 11 AM EST. He’s going to unveil the best of the 2014 solutions, all clinically proven for brighter, tighter skin. Can’t wait? Us either. So here are a few preview tips from Dr. Gross himself in the meantime…

• Winter left us feeling dry and dehydrated. Did you know that Steamer Solutions deep cleans, hydrates, and promotes better exfoliation? Then seal deep moisture into the fresh skin underneath with Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion.

 • Dr. Gross advises all of us to use a gentle chemical peel every morning to resurface their skin. Alpha Beta Peels blend alpha and beta hydroxy acids to make skin look firmer, brighter, and smoother.

•If you weren’t using SPF this winter, you should definitely be using one now. Many of us complain that sunscreens are too greasy to use daily. “I created CC Cream SPF 18 to give luxurious but lightweight UVA/UVB coverage,” said Dr. Gross. It immediately moisturizes and brightens the skin, and even hides wrinkles and dark circles.

• Spring and summer temps can cause skin to produce more oil, which leads to blackheads and “stretched out“ pores that create an aged look. I formulated my Clarifying Colloidal Sulfur Mask to visibly reduce the appearance of those enlarged pores for clearer, healthier-looking skin.

 •Finally, make sure you’re using a product made with retinol – a dermatologist go-to for anti-aging. The QVC exclusive Ferulic + Retinol Discovery kit contains three bestselling products (perfectly sized for travel) to keep your skin looking fresh and gorgeous no matter where the season takes you. See you on QVC April 17th!

get the look: hair model-level locks

My hair is fine, not particularly thick, and looking kind of limp. Now that the weather is warmer, this has been bothering me more — no more hats to hide under! Did you know dermatologists treat hair issues, too? To get to the root of the problem, I asked Dr. Gross how (short of extensions) to get supermodel hair…the answers may surprise you! Continue reading

the buzz: sephora times square

Even though the weather today has been nothing but gloomy, I was greeted with nothing but sunshine when I stopped by the Sephora at Times Square. The ever-effervescent Sal Zullo, NYC Product Specialist, spotted me and waved as he effortlessly juggled the attention of three clients. Times Square may always be busy, but there isn’t always a Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare™ event — and clients from around the world were getting in on the action.

Steamer Solutions at Sephora Times Square
Steamer Solutions at Sephora Times Square

“This may look like a lot, but I swear: you can do it in five minutes,” Sal explained as he arranged an assortment of the Alpha Beta® Peel, Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution, Ferulic + Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturizer, and the Clinical Concentrate Boosters in front of a client. “Do you feel a tingle?” he asked. “That means it’s working.” While he explained how acids exfoliate the skin, I checked out what the other beauty consultants were up to: Kasi showed me how to use the technology behind Pantone Color IQ (the perfect way to get matched to your shade of CC Cream SPF 18) and Xiomara explained to a Spanish-speaking client how Trifix™ Oil-Free Moisture clears pores to help prevent blackheads and blemishes.

The biggest draw? Complimentary steam facials! Account Coordinator Derenisse Infante set up Steamer Solutions at the front of the store, and the steam puffing away pulled in people from the street. Anyone who bought a steamer (or more than $100 of product) brought home a deluxe Ferulic + Retinol Brightening Solution or Clarifying Colloidal Sulfur Mask.

Who’s stopped into a Sephora event recently? What did you snag?

product spotlight: NEW clinical concentrate boosters

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Clinical Concentrate Boosters
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Clinical Concentrate Boosters

Spring has (at long last!) sprung here in New York City — but true to fashion, these first few days of warm weather are being punctuated by rain, snow, and freezing wind. If you know how to dress for this weather, kudos, because I’m finding it particularly challenging…and figuring out my perfect skincare regimen is even more difficult!

Enter our brand new Clinical Concentrate Boosters!

Aren’t they darling? Well, they pack a serious punch. While these may look like ordinary serums, this little trio goes above and beyond the call of duty of your average skincare product. Every day, skin has different needs, and it’s hard to tailor your daily regimen to what you skin wants. Not only do targeted zones change (dry cheeks, oily T-zone), but the entire face will have different concerns depending on weather, hormones, stress and more.

Facial diagram for how to apply your Clinical Concentrate Boosters
Facial diagram for how to apply your Clinical Concentrate Boosters



Dr. Gross designed these water-free boosters — Hydration, Radiance, and Purifying — to take your favorite existing regimen to the next level. While they can be applied directly to specific zones of the face (check out the application chart!), the time-released technology can be mixed into your favorite skincare and makeup products to boost their benefits.

  • Radiance: helps transform dull skin into a younger-looking, glowing, luminous complexion (featuring Linoleic, Pyruvic, Tartaric, and Glycolic Acids, Retinol, and Quercetin)
  • Hydration: helps infuse and seal deep moisture for firmer, softer, smoother-looking skin (with Hyaluronic Chronospheres, Watermelon Extract, and Centella Asiatica)
  • Purifying: helps tone and control excess oil; tightens pores for increased clarity (including Willow Bark Extract, Witch Hazel, Lactic Acid)

The set contains over 100 active ingredients for beautifully balanced skin, every single day. They’re also the perfect size for traveling, so you can pop them in your carry-on to make sure your skin doesn’t freak out while you’re on Spring Break. (Don’t forget your Glow Pads!) You can buy them now on DGSkincare.com or at any of our retailers.

What are you going to mix with your Clinical Concentrate Boosters?

pucker up! how to get a naturally healthy pout

Healthy lips are representative of sensuality. Who could resist wanting the iconic Marilyn Monroe pout? And, after all, healthy lips make a great base for that classic red lipstick.

You already know to take proper care of your skin — but are you taking care of your lips? At their most vulnerable during the coldest months of the year, lips’ thin and transparent skin deserves extra attention. Think gentle exfoliating, moisture, vitamins…and don’t forget to check the ingredients! Avoid chemicals and seek out natural alternatives, as what you put on your skin or lips will be absorbed into your body.

As someone who grew up in an organic environment, I have first-hand knowledge of herbalism and natural remedies. That’s why my first stop is the kitchen; the shelves are your sources for nourishing and fresh ingredients for your DIY beauty recipes. Want to trade in flaking, dry lips for a soft, hydrated pout? The regimen is simple. Try my DIY recipes and the results might surprise you.



To find out more about Paulina’s background and history, read her story on Insider’s Guide to Spas. (http://www.insidersguidetospas.com/features/a-slavic-beauty-story)

PK headshotA beauty and fashion blogger since 2006, Paulina Kajankova is a nature-loving country girl at heart. She is a firm believer in chemical-free products, green living and is the Associate Editor of Insider’s Guide to Spas. After creating and successfully running the fashion blog le la Moda, which lead to a three-year stint as the fashion and beauty blogger at Organic Spa Magazine, Paulina turned to jewelry design. This editor, designer, and stylist has a knack for finding environmentally-friendly, yet posh, products. DG Skincare’s mission and spa-like environment immediately harmonized with Paulina’s goals of working for a meaningful brand.