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.