Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Daily Peel

Type of product?

A daily 3 acid AHA/BHA peel to gently exfoliate, calm irritation, and hydrate. Ideal for first time peel users or those with dry or sensitive skin.

What does it claim?

Lactic Acid supports natural cell turnover. Mandelic Acid and Colloidal Oatmeal calm irritation, inflammation, and redness. Willow Bark Extract (salicylic acid) exfoliates. Skin is left radiant, fine lines are reduced, the appearance of pores is minimized, and texture is improved.
Additional supportive ingredients include: Witch Hazel, Cucumber Extract, Coconut Oil, Rose Extract, Soy, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Lemon Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Resveratrol, Copper, Zinc, among others.
Pads are vegan and cruelty-free.

How should I use it?

Daily in the morning or evening following your usual cleanse. Rub the Step 1 pad into skin until the pad is dry. Wait 2 minutes. Rub the Step 2 pad into skin until pad is dry. Wait 2 minutes. Apply your usual serums and moisturizers.

Verdict:

The first thing to note about this pads is their price: expensive. In Canada, 35 treatments retail for $110. As one would use these daily, each day runs about $3. That may not be too bad if these pads replaced a good portion of your skincare routine, but they will not.

On the exfoliation side, while they did leave my skin a bit smoother and a bit brighter, they did not achieve anything my usual Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme could not. On the anti-aging front, you still need a serum; much the same goes for hydration, as I would still recommend a serum/essence/oil and a moisturizer if anti-aging is your concern.

As for the experience, the first pad smells very medicinal, which is fine. The second pad smells like cooked ham, and while the scent does subside after a few hours, my face smelled like cooked ham for hours. I could tolerate that if these pads were a wonder-product that managed to exfoliate, hydrate, and firm all in one, but in all reality they are just alright. You will achieve far greater results using something like the Nip + Fab pads and a retinol. Yes, these are designed for ‘sensitive skin’, but if you can handle three acids and all of the other ingredients in these pads every day, your skin can likely handle it. That being said, I would recommend taking a peek at the other Alpha Beta pads in the range, because they are rather good as a whole; these are just far too gentle to do much. Maybe as an introduction to acids?

If you are still interested, you can find Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Daily Peel at Sephora for about $110.

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