Exfoliation is key for a bright, clear, healthy complexion as well as helping your skincare products to be absorbed more effectively and your makeup to sit better on the skin. But how good is your exfoliator and are are getting the results you want? Sometimes we tend to get stuck in a skincare rut, using a product because we always have and not really assessing whether it is still working for us. I recently overhauled my regime and upgrading my exfoliator was top of the list as I wanted something more effective and sophisticated; the product for me was the Dr Dennis Gross Extra Strength Daily Peel I had discovered last month in my Libbie Club box.
Dr Dennis Gross Extra Strength Daily Peel (Libbie Club price £15) is a two step treatment designed to take exfoliation to another level and give the sort of results you previously could only get from a salon. These two-step pads utilise an innovative blend of Alpha Beta Hydroxy Acids, anti-ageing boosters and willow bark extract to exfoliate, nourish and rejuvenate skin.
Step One – the resurfacing peel – is enriched with seven different acids, including glycolic and mandelic acids to relieve redness and soothe irritation, that will dissolve and lift away old skin cells and pore-clogging debris so that you can experience a smoother, luminous and youthful-looking complexion.
I know some people find the term ‘acid’ offputting, but they genuinely are the new generation of exfoliators; surprisingly gentle and nourishing. Unlike manual exfoliators that use rough granules which if you aren’t careful can damage the skin and small capillaries beneath the skin, causing micro-tears, irritation and redness, AHA and BHA peels gently break down and lift dead skin cells that otherwise clings to the skin and hides in the pores where it causes breakouts, raised bumpy patches of skin and dullness. This results in a brighter complexion and smoother, clearer skin. Because chemical-based exfoliators such as the Dennis Gross Pads are so gentle they are also great used on the delicate skin of the decolletage, an area I wouldn’t normally touch with a traditional exfoliator.
Step Two – the anti-ageing neutraliser – is the final key step which neutralises the first pad, preventing over exfoliation. In addition it gives the skin a supercharged dose of Vitamin C and peptides that can be readily absorbed into the freshly exfoliated skin, to really boost and nourish the complexion. All that’s left is to follow up with your usual skincare regime and enjoy glowing skin all day long!
If all that sounds a little bit technical and scary, believe me it isn’t. The wipes are simple and quick to use, yet the results are amazing and long lasting. My skin felt so, so smooth I kept touching it! Best of all unlike some exfoliators which make me feel like all the moisture has been sucked out of my skin, the pads make my skin feel nourished and supple. For extra Brownie points (not that they’re needed) the pads are Cruelty Free and Vegan, as well as being Phthalate and Paraben Free.
If you really want to step up your skincare regime you can currently get the Dr Dennis Gross Extra Strength Peel Pads at the Try Me Price of just £15 for 5 two-step treatments. Considering the price you’d pay in a beauty salon for a skin peel that’s an absolute bargain – I’ll definitely be stocking up so I can look my best over the festive season!