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!
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!
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.
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?
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:
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.
Happy First Day of Summer, readers! Isn’t it funny how a small change to your daily routine can be a major improvement? I’ve been feeling a little oily lately, which is odd for me — and then I realized that I hadn’t yet switched out my daily moisturizer to an oil-free formula!
Why is this important? Which one is my favorite? Read on!
Hey readers! Father’s Day is coming up this Sunday, June 16th — have you bought that special man in your life a gift yet? I personally have always had trouble picking a gift for my dad. He’s hard to shop for, and I’m always trying to find something that he’ll both like and actually use.
If you’re in the same boat, or just looking for something different than what you usually give your dad (ties? Tools? Grill-related equipment? Been there, done all of that), then consider skincare! I put together a special duo for dads, “Dad’s Essentials,” that consists of the father-friendly products Botanical Cleansing Bar and Age Erase Moisture for Face.
Botanical Cleansing Bar is great for everyone, but I’ve found that men like it because it’s a great multitasker: you can wash your face and body with it (my dad washes his hair with it, too!) as it’s hydrating and exfoliating. As for Age Erase Moisture for Face, it’s one of my favorite products from DGSkincare – I put it on before bed and it leaves my skin super soft.
If you haven’t visited DGSkincare’s Facebook page recently, you might not know that we’re counting down to something MAJOR this Monday, June 17th. We’ve all been gearing up big time for this, and I know you’re going to love it. Check back here or on dgskincare.com on Monday to find out what it is!
If you’re passionate about skincare and sun protection, I hope you haven’t missed the scientific study that both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal wrote up this week.
Believe it or not, there hadn’t been “hard evidence” to support that sunscreen prevents photoaging before this study was published. The study, conducted over 4.5 years, consisted of 900 white Australians between 25 and 55 years of age. All were provided with an SPF 15+ to apply — half were asked to use it as they normally would, while the other half were assigned to daily use.
According to the Annals of Internal Medicine, those who applied sunscreen daily showed 24% less skin aging than those who used sunscreen inconsistently. Their skin was smoother with fewer wrinkles and more elastic (less sagging).
What do you think about this? I’m personally not at all surprised – Dr. Gross, along with most dermatologists, highly touts the benefits of using sunscreen regularly. (After all, he does have background as a skin cancer researcher!) I’ll admit, it can be hard to remember to apply sunscreen daily – at least for me – even though any sun exposure at all can cause skin damage.
I’m going to Florida this weekend, and while Tropical Storm Andrea may be crashing my vacation, I’ll be sure to load up on Powerful Sun Protection SPF 45. Psst! In a few weeks, we’ll be launching a new sunscreen — a physical sunscreen that’s a mineral mist — and it’s super easy to apply. I’m very excited about it, and I’ll keep you posted on more info!
What are your biggest concerns when it comes to sun exposure? Why? And what are your weekend plans?
One of my favorite things about my job is that I get to see a product from start to finish. When I heard that Dr. Gross was developing a line of haircare products, I was kind of surprised. What does skincare have to do with good-looking hair?
Did you tune into QVC last Friday night (May 3rd)? If not, you missed an awesome show. We introduced our Clarifying Colloidal Sulfur Mask to the QVC family — and they must have loved it, because we SOLD OUT!