I have really dry skin. Sometimes it flakes and if I don’t treat my skin the night before, I wake up with tightness across my cheeks. So I am always looking for ways to hydrate, brighten and fight off dullness. This is where acids come in. Specifically alpha hydroxy acids or AHAs. A few years ago, I tried the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel and I have not looked back.
Human skin naturally contains different acids, including on the very top layer of the epidermis. These acids help the old, dead skin cells shed revealing newer ones. As we age, this process of the cycling of skin cells slow down often making the skin look dull and flaky. AHAs specifically works on the top layer of the skin, while beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) work into the pores of the skin breaking down the lipids that can lead to enlarged pores, acne, blackheads and whiteheads. I much prefer chemical exfoliation as using physical exfoliation can leave micro tears in the skin.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel – Video
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Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel – Description
The Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel comes in two strengths, original and extra strength. In this review, I will be talking about the extra strength but I have used the regular version for a long while and my feelings are exactly the same. I picked up the 5 Treatment package but they are also available in 30 Treatment and 60 Treatment versions.
This is a 2-step process and is meant to be used on a daily basis. This exfoliates and treats the skin with anti-aging ingredients. It is also cruelty-free, vegan and free of parabens and pthtalates. Both steps are used in the same session, so you are not going to receive the full benefits if you use just one of the steps. Step 1 which is the exfoliating/smoothing step contains a number of AHAs including Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Mandelic Acid, Malic Acid and Citric Acid and the BHA Salicylic Acid. That’s a lot of acids but I don’t know what the overall total concentration is. There are also extracts and other ingredients like Copper PCA that help soothe and hydrate the skin. The second step, which neutralizes and is anti-aging, contains retinoids like retinol and retinyl palmitate – powerful anti-aging ingredients. There is also different forms of Vitamin C and E, ubiquinone, which are anti-oxidants and help brighten the skin and more soothing agents in the form of extracts. The combination of these acids and retinoids have the possibility of causing irritation, especially in the extra-strength concentration. Definitely start off slowly and pace yourself – use once or twice a week and start off with the gentler version.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel – Packaging
Both steps are individually packaged in foil packets which contains gauze towelettes that are soaked with the product. Each towelette is about 2 square inches.