Dr Dennis Gross Dew Holiday Right Review

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Dr Dennis Gross Dew Holiday Right review: Final grade D

What They Say: “Dew holiday right by jumpstarting smooth and hydrated skin with our #1 best selling Alpha Beta® Extra Strength Daily Peels and full size Hyaluronic Marine Dew It Right Eye Gel.”

What We Say: Something is extremely wrong here. 

The Review: Here’s the thing: I’ve always loved Dr. Dennis Gross products. I considered the Alpha Beta peels going-out make-up: like, it was so special that it was reserved for special occasions. They gradually lost pride of place for me once I started using Sunday Riley’s Good Genes, which seemed to achieve the same effect (no pores, totally clear skin) with less drying. But I loved those peels.

For that reason, I was psyched to see this very well-priced ($59.95) set, with two weeks (14 treatments) of the Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peels, the Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting Cleansing Gel (2 fl oz), the Hyaluronic Marine Dew It Right Eye Gel (0.5 fl oz), and the Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion (0.5 fl oz).

In all, I used the four products here for 10 days, until they were wreaking so much havoc on my skin that I gave up on them. To be fair, I didn’t use the eye gel long enough to see any results, and it didn’t irritate my skin, so let’s leave that out of the mix. But it’s bizarre that the peels are advertised for all skin types. My skin is officially combination, but more than that, it’s just blasé — it can handle anything. But it could not handle these peels and the foaming cleansing gel — they were so drying that before I left the sink I’d be looking for a moisturizer. And the problem was that this moisturizer was so light, and the cleanser/peels so drying, that I ended up digging through my bag to find a different, heavier moisturizer. Even after double-dosing on moisturizer (I used my go-to, Aesop’s
Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream), my skin still felt tight. And it further irritated a patch of dry skin on my face, which is still red two weeks later.

I don’t think this set is in any way appropriate for people with all skin types — I have fairly oily skin, and it wiped it out — which is why I’m giving this set such a low grade. I mean, hey: Make super-drying products, but only advertise it to people with skin that can handle it. And I cannot imagine the type of skin that could handle those peels on a daily basis — they’re 10 times more drying than the regular-strength peels. It blows my mind that the brand recommends the cleanser for dry skin. Don’t do it, friends: I still regret it.

Buy It Again? Never. I gave everything but the eye gel away, to a friend with non-sensitive, super-oily skin.

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* Ingredient list:
Alpha Beta® Extra Strength Daily Peel: 

Step 1: Water, 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, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate.

Step 2: Water, 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.

Alpha Beta® Pore Perfecting Cleansing Gel: 
Water, Glycerin, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Propanediol, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Disteareth-75 IPDI, Glycereth-7 Caprylate/Caprate, Sodium Chloride, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Mandelic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Phytic Acid, Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate, Citric Acid, Farnesol, Barosma Betulina Leaf Extract, Sodium PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Bisabolol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Alcohol, Sodium Phytate, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Polyglyceryl-3 Laurate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzoic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol.

Hyaluronic Marine Dew It Right Eye Gel: 
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica, Sodium Hyaluronate, Saccharide Isomerate, Caulerpa Lentillifera Extract, Sea Whip Extract, Smilax Aristolochiifolia Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Caffeine, Panthenol, Glucosyl Hesperidin, Asiaticoside, Madecassoside, Disodium Rutinyl Disulfate, Stearyl Heptanoate, Sodium PCA, Lactic Acid, Trehalose, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Sodium Citrate, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone, Sodium Potassium Aluminum Silicate, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Tin Oxide (CI 77861), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion:
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Stearyl Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octadecene, Glyceryl Behenate, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caulerpa Lentillifera Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Phospholipids, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Saccharide Isomerate, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Collagen Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Lactobacillus Ferment, Acrylates/Carbamate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80, Dimethicone Crosspolymer-3, Ethylhexylglycerin, Isododecane, Disodium EDTA-Copper, Ceteareth-20, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Sorbitan Oleate, Linalool, Limonene, Fragrance (Parfum), Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Citronellal, Hydroxycitronellal, Citral, Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol.