beauty sleep is REAL — why your skin needs rest, too

According to a recently published article from Business Insider, almost 40% of Americans get fewer than 7 hours of sleep per night (recommended is 7-9 hours) and an estimated 70 million Americans have a sleep disorder! The article included the potential dangers of not getting enough sleep, but left out the damage it could have on your skin. Don’t worry — the Skinformant has you covered! Read on for the top 3 reasons you need beauty sleep.

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 1) Dark circles

Failure to get enough sleep puts our bodies under stress, which causes our brains to leach as much oxygen as it can from the blood. Oxygen-poor blood is dark in color, which is especially visible in the transparent skin under our eyes.

2) Breakouts

Stress-related acne can also come from no sleep — stress releases the hormone cortisol into your system, which can lead to blemishes.

3) Deeper fine lines and wrinkles

Finally, this same stress causes us to involuntarily contract our muscles — including those in our face (jaw clenching and brow furrowing included!), resulting in more pronounced wrinkles. Our body also generates free radicals when tired. These pesky molecules are one of the contributors to signs of aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity.

Not sleeping? It’s not hopeless! While we strongly recommend hitting snooze more often, try these three products to help the effects of exhaustion.

1) Lift and Lighten helps soothe and depuff the undereye area, and immediately improves the appearance of circles with pearl powder.

2) Clarifying Colloidal Sulfur Mask can be worn overnight (without ruining your sheets!) so you can fight breakouts while you sleep.

3) The Alpha Beta® Peel promotes cellular turnover and exfoliates, transforming dull, tired-looking skin into a radiant, luminous complexion.

What’s your secret to looking like you got nine hours of beauty sleep?

look good, feel good!

by Paulina Kajankova

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At DGSkincare, we are all about feeling positive — and feeling beautiful certainly lifts our spirits. Beauty may not always be the solution to life’s bigger problems, but it does play a big role in the way we feel about ourselves. During the winter, some of us are affected by SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), which can have a powerful impact on our day-to-day lives. We want you to feel great about yourself inside and out, so we’ve pulled together some tips to help you fight the winter blues:

  • Consider sporting a natural glow that is fast and easy to apply. Our cruelty-free, paraben-free, and streak-free Alpha Beta® Glow Pads for Face and Body have you covered! The best part about these little miracle towelettes? They are infused with Vitamin D, the sun vitamin. A sunless and safe winter glow = instant happiness.
  • During the winter months, our exposure to the sun is limited. The sun makes us happy, but it also provides us with natural light and essential Vitamin D. Treat your body kindly: take Vitamin D supplements daily.
  • Our Steamer Solutions device is one of our favorite at-home treatments during the winter months. It opens up the pores, keeping skin clear and hydrated. A constant flow of moisture is essential to transform dull, dry skin to fresh, dewy radiance. This investment in your skin will quickly become your favorite beauty purchase.
  • Don’t let cold weather stop you from socializing! When you’re feeling down, it’s important to keep close ties with your friends and family. Stay connected by throwing a casual dinner party — bonding over a healthy meal will help increase feel-good endorphins, boost your self-esteem, and release stress.
  • Practice meditation and/or yoga breathing exercises. When stressed, we forget how to breathe properly. Paying attention to your breath will help you relax. You don’t need to be an expert — for proper guidance, try visiting a beginner yoga class or use the Yogic Breath app at home.
  • Dr. Gross recommends taking extra care of your hair. If you have noticed extra flyaways or especially unruly hair, increased static energy may be to blame. Take care of your hair at its source — the scalp — with our Root Resilience products: Anti-Aging Scalp Serum, Strengthening Shampoo and Nourishing Scalp Conditioner.

What are your favorite ways to stay cheerful during a gloomy winter season?


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.

the doctor is in — sephora, 86th and lexington

If you were one of hundreds stepping into Sephora this Wednesday, it was instantly clear that this was no ordinary shopping day. Though always busy, the beauty hub on 86th and Lexington was buzzing with a different kind of energy — DJ Vida was seamlessly mixing the hottest new tracks with classic favorites, Vita Coco representatives were handing out drinks, and every Sephora cast member was wearing an enormous button declaring, “The Doctor Is In!”


Today’s special guest? Renowned dermatologist, skin cancer researcher, and brand founder of Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, Dr. Dennis Gross. Fresh from a day at his practice, 900 5th Dermatology, he brought his clinical expertise (and his team of experts) to lucky Sephora clients. From 5pm to 7pm, Dr. Gross sat with dedicated fans and brand newcomers alike during complimentary, personalized consultations — which would cost upwards of $250 at his office — thoroughly inspecting their skin and appraising individual needs. His team of experts were on hand to offer Sephora “patients” a gift of a 3-pack of the bestselling Alpha Beta® Peels and a deluxe sample of the Clarifying Colloidal Sulfur Mask, in addition to professional treatments. Clients were spotted seated near the popular Steamer Solutions, enjoying a relaxing facial, learning about the benefits of Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution firsthand, and testing the new Ferulic + Retinol Fibroblast Anti-Aging Moisturizer.

By the end of the night, all were a Dr. Gross convert, with many visitors swearing to follow up with Dr. Gross for further treatment at his practice. As one client left toting a huge bag of products, she exclaimed, “I can’t believe I spent my whole night here!..but I loved every minute of it.”

4 ways to use: active vitamin d serum-oil

As a DGSkincare staff member, I often receive so many products that I don’t know what to try first! (I know — cry me a river.) It takes about four weeks for most skincare products to see if it’s making a true difference in your skin, so I try to avoid excessive mixing and matching. But some of our formulas are truly benefit chameleons: if I don’t have room in my regimen for a serum, I can repurpose it as another skincare staple. Today’s powerhouse product is Active Vitamin D Serum-Oil. While I’ve already talked about Vitamin D’s benefits as an ingredient, you may be missing out on other ways to use the serum. Here are my favorite four off-label application tips:

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Active Vitamin D Serum-Oil
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Active Vitamin D Serum-Oil
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your skin’s new start: dr. g on QVC!

Happy New Year, everyone! Thank you to everyone who continues to read this blog and follow DGSkincare on social media — you made our Tweetaway a huge success.

We know that it’s hard to stick to resolutions this time of year, so we’re making it easy for you. Tune in to QVC tomorrow, January 3rd, at 9AM EST for our very first one-hour show! Dr. Gross and Pat James-Dementri will help you discover a skincare regimen you’ll love to follow, featuring brand new products and bestselling favorites.

What’s your resolution this year? Will you be tuning in tomorrow?

Dr. Dennis Gross QVC 1 Hour Show
Dr. Dennis Gross QVC 1 Hour Show

It’s Here! DGSkincare’s Best of 2013 Tweetaway!

When the holidays roll around, you can’t help but feel the spirit of giving – which is why over the past several years, the social media team has collaborated with some of our best brand buddies for a fabulous beauty, health, and style Tweetaway! We’re starting our givewaway this morning with T3’s Source Showerhead Filter, and we have many other great gifts this year (for yourself or for a friend), including TWO Clarisonics, a boatload of Tarte, Mally, and LORAC, and a completely covetable Milly bag.

Want in on the fun? Just check out when your favorite prize is up, then head over to Twitter for your chance to win! Best of luck to you – and happy holidays!

DGSkincare + Friends Best of 2013 Tweetaway
DGSkincare + Friends Best of 2013 Tweetaway

J.Crew + Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare = A Beautiful Friendship!

In case you haven’t heard, J.Crew is now offering an exclusive “In Good Company” collection, which is a selection of curated brand partnerships chosen by their design team — and we were lucky enough to make the cut! We didn’t need another reason to shop at J.Crew, but being picked as one of these special brands certainly has us falling in love with them all over again. Check out our Alpha Beta® Glow Pads for Face and Body and our Alpha Beta® Daily Glow Moisture over at – and maybe pick up some gifts for a friend (or yourself!) while you’re there!

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare at J.Crew
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare at J.Crew

get the look: award show glam

Who doesn’t love award season? The stunning celebs, the gorgeous gowns, and that radiance that practically oozes out of award winners. I might not be able to help you win an Oscar or get Hugh Jackman to walk you down the red carpet (sigh!) but I can help you get that glow, whether you’re a seat filler at the Academy Awards or going out for a night on the town. Check my tips out after the jump!

5 Thanksgiving Recipes Your Skin Will Thank You For

While I love the warm, cozy feelings of togetherness that Thanksgiving brings, I’m less excited about the other side effects: bloat, flushed skin, and guilt. That’s why I culled my five favorite Turkey Day-friendly recipes that are kind to your skin, mind, and the waistbands of your winter formalwear. Continue reading