Sunday, 2 July 2017

First Impressions - Dr Dennis Gross 2 Minute Skin Fix

Just thought I'd pop by to give my thoughts on a skincare product I've been trying out - Dr Dennis Gross 2 Minute Skin Fix: Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel

This came as part of the recent Summer Goody Bag which was available at Cult Beauty.

I hadn't heard of the product before I got the goody bag, so I didn't have any idea what it would be like before using it.

What is it?
The following product description has been lifted from the Cult Beauty website (they say it so much better than I could):

"(this) two-step anti-ageing facial peel quickly addresses fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, blemishes, dark spots and redness, whilst fortifying skin’s fabric with free radical-fighting antioxidants. Developed for anyone who’s sampled other anti-ageing treatments without success, or whose complexion is looking uneven, scarred or lack-lustre – these revolutionary pads are rich in five alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids (glycolic, lactic, malic, citric and salicylic) to dissolve the skin’s dulling ‘stratum corneum’ (the oldest, thinnest, top-layer of skin) and reveal the younger, more radiance skin cells beneath." 

How do I use it?
The treatment consists of two small pre-saturated face wipes. It's easy to use - you take the Step One Wipe and massage it into clean, dry skin until the wipe is dry.  Wait two minutes, and then repeat with the Step 2 wipe. It's that easy.  The first step is to exfoliate and smooth. The second is an "anti-aging neutraliser" (no, I don't know what that means either). It's suitable for daily use though it's recommended that first timers use every other day until skin acclimatises to it.

What did I think?
First impressions....excellent! After the first use, my skin felt so smooth, we were talking baby's bottom territory (that sounds wrong. Apologies).

You're left with lovely, fresh, smooth skin ready for your usual moisturising routine.

To be honest, I think I will use less frequently than daily as my skin can be prone to sensitivity. I've used it twice in a fortnight now and so far that is working for me - the times I've used it have been when my skin has been feeling a bit dull and dry, and in need of exfoliation. I think if you know your skin quite well, you will be able to tailor the usage of this product to when you feel you really need it.

The effects seem similar to those I get when using glycolic toner (I like Pixi Glow Tonic). I think a lot of it is also down to the time spent massaging it in. Because you are instructed to massage until the wipe is dry, this definitely makes me spend longer than I might normally do actually massaging my face properly.  

What's the damage? (£)
It costs £15 for five treatments, which I think is pretty reasonable. It's definitely something I'll consider purchasing.

Anything else I need to know?
There is another variation on this product in the range - the Universal Daily Peel (as opposed to Extra Strength). My understanding is that the Extra Strength version contains Retinol and the Universal does not - so I'd recommend using a good sunscreen if you use the Extra Strength on a morning (Retinol is known the increase the skin's sensitivity to the sun).

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