Dr Dennis Gross - Skincare Alpha Beta Exfoliating Moisturizer

Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Exfoliating Moisturizer

WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Exfoliation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-oxidation
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • lactic acid
  • glycolic acid
  • salicylic acid
  • ceramide np
  • bisabolol
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • dimethicone
  • dimethiconol
  • ethylhexyl palmitate
  • glycerin
  • hydroxyethyl urea
  • jojoba esters
  • mandelic acid
  • methyl gluceth-20
  • polymethylsilsesquioxane
  • pyrus malus fruit extract
  • saccharide isomerate
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • sodium pca
  • squalane
  • tartaric acid
  • titanium dioxide
  • undecane
  • +20 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains glycolic acid.

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: lactic acid.

Keep in mind that it typically takes at least 6 weeks to notice any results because the changes that are needed to improve fine lines and elasticity happen in the deeper layers of the skin. No topical anti-aging product can “erase” wrinkles or fully reverse signs of aging.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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MEDIUM
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LOW
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This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: glycolic acid, hydroxyethyl urea, lactic acid, mandelic acid

Keep in mind that you would need to apply any topical skincare targetted at hypigmentation consistently for a couple of months to get a result. No topical skincare product can help get rid of hyperpigmentation (including post-acne marks and age spots) instantly.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
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What does the product description say?
"Skincare Alpha Beta Exfoliating Moisturizer"
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This product can help exfoliate the skin. In other words, it helps break down the bonds between dead cells on the surface of the skin and speed up the skin turnover. Skin often appears softer and brighter after exfoliation, but overdoing it can result in disrupted skin barrier. The following ingredient is doing the exfoliating job in this product: glycolic acid, hydroxyethyl urea, lactic acid, mandelic acid.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
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WIMJ summary

This product can help improve hydration of the skin with the two types of ingredients.

The first type is called “humectants”:
these ingredients help attract water. When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. The following ingredients in this product do the job: glycerin, hydroxyethyl urea.

This product also contains ingredients called “occlusives”. They help reduce the speed with which our skin loses moisture to the outside environment. These ingredients also help soften the upper layer of the skin, so it feels less tight and nicer to the touch. The following ingredients in this product do the job: caprylic/capric triglyceride, dimethicone.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: ceramide np

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
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This product contains antioxidants (tartaric acid) that might be able to help neutralize free radicals in skin to lessen the damage it gets from the UV light (sun). There is not enough evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin though.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
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LOW
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LOW
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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
An exfoliating and moisturizing alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). Typically causes less irritation than other AHAs, for example, glycolic acid. At high concentrations (about 15%), lactic acid can help reduce lines and wrinkles. Recent studies show that lactic acid can support the "good" bacteria living on skin's surface (healthy skin microbiom)
4.2% - 5.2%
An alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that helps to remove the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin reveling a more even, smoother complexation. It is also able to stimulate collagen production with long-term use. Could help to reduce pore congestion. It can be irritating to the skin. Apply sunscreen daily if using products with glycolic acid
4.1% - 5.1%
An oil naturally present in skin. Works as an emollient to soften the skin and form a protective layer on its surface without a greasy feeling.
3.1% - 3.8%
2.3% - 2.8%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and soften it
1.8% - 2.2%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product texture
1.5% - 1.9%
A good mix of fatty acids that forms a protective layer on the skin. Improves the shelf life of products. Derived from coconut and glycerin
1.4% - 1.7%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
1.1% - 1.4%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
0.8% - 1.2%
Used to adjust the pH level of products
0.6% - 0.95%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.5% - 0.75%
Naturally present in skin and helps to attract water to its upper layer
0.45% - 0.65%
Helps adjust the product pH
0.4% - 0.6%
Helps shed the upper layer of dead cells from the surface of the skin revealing smoother, brighter skin. It can help to reduce hyperpigmentation. It has anti-bacterial properties, and might help to reduce blemishes, as well as fine lines and wrinkles. It is considered to be gentler than glycolic acid
0.35% - 0.6%
Used for skin exfoliation. It has an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effect, helps to unclog pores, prevent blemishes and speed up healing of the existing ones. Sometimes referred to as a BHA (beta-hydroxy acid)
0.3% - 0.6%
A plant extract that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. It contains a compound salicin that can theoretically be converted into salicylic acid that, in turn, helps reduce inflammation in skin, but the evidence of effectiveness in skin is lacking and the extract is usually not used in a concentration that would enable an exfoliating effect
0.3% - 0.55%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.3% - 0.55%
An AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid). It oxidizes quickly which makes it less effective in skincare formulations. It can support skin's barrier and moisture levels
0.25% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.45%
A type of lipid similar to ceramides naturally present in skin. Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and supports the skin barrier function to keep it hydrated. Can help to prevent inflammation in skin
0.25% - 0.5%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.2% - 0.4%
An emollient made of jojoba oil. Helps soften the skin and support its barrier function
0.25% - 0.5%
An active component of chamomile plant that historically has been used to calm down irritated skin. A recent study shows that bisabolol indeed can have some anti-inflammatory effect on skin, even though conclusive data is lacking. Bisabolol has a sweet floral scent and can be added to products for its aromatic properties
0.2% - 0.35%
A derivative of urea, a compound that is naturally present in skin. Attracts water to the upper layer of the skin. Can enhance penetration of other ingredients
0.2% - 0.4%
Used as a fragrance
0.15% - 0.3%
Might be somewhat helpful in reducing hyperpigmentation and neutralizing free radicals but its typical concentration in a product is too low for having an effect
0.2% - 0.4%
Can have some moisturizing properties due to its sugar content
0.2% - 0.4%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.2% - 0.4%
Traditionally used to treat sunburns, dermatitis and inflammation, but evidence for its effectiveness is lacking. The extract can contain humectants that help attract water into the skin
0.2% - 0.4%
Used as a fragrance
0.2% - 0.35%
A fruit extract that might have some anti-oxidant properties but evidence of effectiveness in skin is lacking
0.2% - 0.4%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.2% - 0.35%
A fruit extract that might have some anti-oxidant properties
0.2% - 0.4%
A plant extract that is used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.25% - 0.45%
Used as a fragrance
0.2% - 0.4%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.5%
A plant extract that can contain an irritating essential oil. Might have some anti-oxidant effect, but evidence is lacking
0.15% - 0.3%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and create a nice product texture
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps create a dry, non-greasy finish of the skin
0.2% - 0.35%
Helps stabilize emulsions and create a nice product texture
0.25% - 0.45%
Improves the texture of the product and helps soften the skin. Helps oil and water mix together and can be used as a cleansing agent
0.3% - 0.6%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin while creating a non-greasy feel on the skin. Helps to dissolve other ingredients
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps create a thicker product consistency
0.2% - 0.4%
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps create a non-greasy finish on the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to create a nice product texture and help delivery of other ingredients. Might be somewhat helpful in attracting water to the upper layer of the skin
0.2% - 0.4%
A silicone that helps to reduce water loss from the surface of the skin. Can temporarily "fill in" lines and wrinkles, absorb oil, and create a nice product finish
0.25% - 0.5%
A silicone that makes products more spreadable and keeps skin smooth. Helps to add gloss to skin and may visually fill in fine lines/wrinkles for short time
0.25% - 0.45%
Increases thickness of a product. Texture enhancer for oil-in-water emulsions
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps dissolve other ingredients in the formula
0.2% - 0.35%
Is used to enhance product texture and can help to optically mask skin imperfections
0.2% - 0.4%
A silicone that improves product texture and helps dissolve other ingredients. Can form a non-greasy film on the skin to prevent moisture loss
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.2% - 0.35%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.15% - 0.3%
Helps to stabilize the product formulation
0.1% - 0.2%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.1% - 0.2%
Works as a UV filter when used in high concentrations. It is photostable and is effective mostly against the UVB light, with some protection in the UVA range. In small concentrations, used for its ability to improve the color of cosmetic products. Is usually well tolerated by the skin
0.15% - 0.25%
Creates an illusion of smoother and more radiant skin tone. Adds shimmer to the skin by reflecting light
0.05% - 0.1%
0.05% - 0.05%

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