The Sephora Glossy: Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Medi-Spa Peel

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We dissect the professional-quality peel with the namesake skin specialist.

Craving smooth, radiant skin in the comfort of your own bathroom? Skip the trip to the spa with the new Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Medi-Spa Peel, a non-irritating, acid-packed treatment that’s just what the doctor ordered. “Even with a great daily routine, your skin wants and needs a weekly boost to look as healthy and glowing as possible,” says Dr. Dennis Gross, New York City dermatologist and creator of Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare. “It’s just like shampooing your hair, and then using a stronger hair mask once a week. Think of this as your new weekly, at-home skin intervention—which is going to prove itself quickly with visible results after just one use.” Here, we get the scientific scoop on the powerhouse peel. RENEE TRILIVAS

“In my New York City practice, my patients are skin-savvy and constantly seeking to take their skincare to the next level. I wanted to give them a treatment that not only works, but also brings spa results home. So I combined acids and active ingredients, incorporating what I know from 20 years of research, and developed this weekly power peel to create an instant skin transformation. It’s so effective, I added it to my office peel menu and am bringing it to Sephora.”

“It takes years of research and countless rounds of slight adjustments, but it’s crucial to creating skincare that performs. The challenge was formulating the acids to be highly effective and complementary of each other, but also gentle and non-irritating to the skin. I have very sensitive skin myself, so I test everything personally, and then Carrie (my wife and CEO of our brand) helps to try out different formulations. Once we narrow down our choices, we have an amazing team of people of different ages, genders, and skin types that test different formulas at each round. ‘Split-face testing’—where you test one product formulation on half of the face and a different one on the other—is a common term around our office.”

“The easy-to-use Medi-Spa Peel pad contains 15 hydrating acids—more than double the other peels we offer—which is why it works as a weekly power-kick to your daily peel regimen. Each acid has its own properties and unique benefits. I wanted to include new acids with antiaging, brightening, complexion-clearing, calming, and soothing capabilities. It also features a game-changing ingredient in the skincare world: Rehmannia glutinosa root extract. Many antioxidants lose potency when mixed with acids, but this is an ‘acid-active’ antioxidant that maintains its strength in an acidic environment, protecting collagen and reducing inflammation while it fights free radicals.”

“I formulated a new Firming Peptide Milk as Step 2, to soothe, hydrate, and enhance the benefits of Step 1. The silky-smooth milk deserves special mention itself. People asked me, ‘Why a milk?’ The answer is, because milk is a semi‐solid, making it an incredible skincare ingredient delivery system. This milk emulsion actually shrinks down larger antiaging ingredients, like vegetable collagen and peptides, so they are small enough to be absorbed by the skin for extraordinary antiaging benefits.”

“Apply Step 1 with broad strokes across the forehead, cheeks, up the sides of the nose, and on the lips, chin, neck, and chest until the pad is dry. Then apply Step 2: Massage the emulsion in an upward motion that follows your facial contours. Don’t forget your neck, décolleté, and even the backs of your hands—these are often neglected areas that can reveal signs of aging.”

“Truly anyone can use this and see instant improvement—it doesn’t matter if you’re a first-time peel user or someone who has been successfully peeling for years. The peel includes 16 treatments, plus a spa headband to give you the full medi-spa experience you get in my office. As I always tell my patients, give your at-home treatment the same respect you would a spa appointment—block out some ‘me’ time and indulge.”


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