Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta® Extra Strength Daily Peel first impressions

This is not a new release, I know, but I only just got round to try it and I am really glad I have.  I have had my eyes on this for a long time but couldn’t justify the luxury price tag, luckily Space NK offers a five-treatment trial pack which is perfect as a taster.

Dr Dennis Gross is a New York-based dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon for over 25 years and he is predominantly known for using the latest technologies in dermatology to help people to achieve a youthful, healthy-looking skin. ‘The king of peels’ has introduced a number of sophisticated formulations under his own brand name that have become best sellers all over the world.

Dr Dennis Gross’ innovative products to me are the Rolls Royce of skincare. On one side there is The Ordinary with their disruptive philosophy of making effective active ingredients available to the general public by not marking up their prices and on the other, brands like Dr Dennis Gross with their sophisticated, highly-tuned formulas with a much higher price tag attached. They are both exciting in their own unique way and I love that brands like these create a beautiful variety of skincare for people to choose from according to their needs and the size of their purse.

One of Doctor’s innovations is the Alpha Beta® Daily Peel, a unique two-step patented anti-ageing formula, a precious mix of high-quality ingredients blended together that sing like a choir of angels. Trust me, it is that good!

I went for the Alpha Beta® Extra Strength Dail Peel just because I feel I have experimented with acids enough to be able to tolerate it. These treatment pads combat fine lines and wrinkles, skin texture, blemishes, dark spots and redness, they also are strengthening the skin with a beautiful blend of antioxidants. I have used up all five treatments and I am happy to say this formula is easy to use, gentle but super-potent. I haven’t felt any tingling, stinging when applying it in the evening and by the morning my skin was incredibly smooth and bright. I have found this particularly effective on my neck and decolletage.

How to use it: gently wipe the face, neck, decolletage with step one until the pad is dry, wait two minutes and do the same with step two. The website recommends a Dr Dennis Gross moisturizer after the treatment but I just did the same thing as with my Alpha-H Liquid Gold so I skipped the moisturizer and only used an eye cream.

Step 1. is packed with exfoliating acids (Glycolic, Lactic, Malic, Citric, and Salicylic) that brighten the skin by dissolving the bond of dead skin cells so they reveal a smoother, brighter, fresher looking skin while keeping pores tidy and clean. This step creates a perfect base before you use the powerful anti-ageing pad in Step 2. If you exfoliate first, you will get the most out of them.

Ingredients: Ingredients: Step 1: Water/Aqua/Eau, Alcohol Denat. (SD Alcohol 40-B), Glycolic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Salicylic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Lactic Acid, Mandelic Acid, Malic Acid, Citric Acid, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Menthone Glycerin Acetal, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Soy Isoflavones, Copper PCA, Zinc PCA, Lecithin, Disodium EDTA, Alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate

Step 2. is the anti-ageing, soothing and neutralizing (controls the activity of acids before they become irritating) step. After removing dead skin cells in step 1, this little pad will put back all the goodness you need into your skin. The key ingredients are Retinol (speeds up cell renewal),  Ubiquinone and Reservatrol (both powerful anti-oxidants) that help to achieve a youthful-looking skin.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium Bicarbonate, Resveratrol, Retinol, Ascorbic Acid, Ubiquinone, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Phospholipids, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Soy Isoflavones, Achillea Millefolium Extract , Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Copper PCA, Sodium PCA, Zinc PCA, Dimethicone, Lecithin, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, Alcohol, BHT, PEG-30 Stearate, Octoxynol-9, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol

The full-size Alpha Beta® Extra Strength Daily Peel is £70.00 (Ouch! I know!) for the full-size 30-treatment pack but as I mentioned in the beginning of this post, Space NK offers a 5-treatment trial pack for £15.00 which is excellent if you haven’t tried it before. After trying it, I am confident it is worth every penny. The treatments work like a dream, they are a great long-term investment. Trust me, in the long run, your skin will thank you for it.

(If you haven’t tried acids before doing a patch test before you try the peel 5, 1- years down the line. is a good idea just in case.)

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