Introducing Dr Dennis Gross Advanced Retinol+Ferulic Collection

Dr Dennis Gross

What is Retinol?

Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A, an essential vitamin our body needs. Retinol is a non-prescription form of retinoid, meaning you can get it over the counter and at your favourite pharmacy. When used in skincare, retinol addresses fine lines and wrinkles, acne, pore size, uneven skin tone and texture.

What are the Benefits of Retinol, and when should we start incorporating it into our skincare routine?

Retinol is very effective at stimulating cell turnover, stimulating collagen production and inhibiting the breakdown of collagen, making it is the gold standard for targeting ageing or complexion concerns. Boosting the skin’s own natural production of collagen reduces fine lines and wrinkles as well as a firms and smooths skin texture. Increasing cell turnover can help to diminish hyperpigmentation and dark marks, the appearance of pores and prevent blemishes from happening in the first place.

If retinol is not in your routine, it should be! To address acne, treatment with retinol can begin right away. Retinol helps to balance oil production and decongest pores so it can even prevent future breakouts. Additionally, by mid-twenties, collagen production and cellular turnover starts to slow, so retinol can be used as a preventative treatment for signs of aging. Ramping up collagen production early on will help to stave of fine lines, wrinkles and dark marks – it is much easier to prevent than try to fix later on.

What does the latest Advanced Retinol + Ferulic line target?

The new Advanced Retinol + Ferulic technology is taking the benefits of retinol to the next level. Powered by the new Phyto-Retinol Blend, this innovative formula cocktails rambutan leaf extract, ferulic acid, bakuchiol, and two types of retinol to treat signs of ageing and breakouts while supporting the skin’s moisture barrier.

Dr Dennis Gross Retinol + Ferulic Collection

Trans-retinol and encapsulated retinol smooth lines and wrinkles, reduce hyperpigmentation and ramp up collagen production for a stronger, firmer complexion. Rambutan, ferulic acid and bakuchiol all have anti-inflammatory properties that reduce any sensitivity or irritation from retinol. They also offer their own skin health benefits to enhance results and replenish the skin’s moisture barrier for an even more hydrated, youthful-looking complexion.

  • Rambutan leaf extract improves skin elasticity and supports collagen production, while reducing inflammation from free radicals.
  • Ferulic acid helps to fade discolouration and neutralise damage against free radicals.
  • Bakuchiol strengthens our skin’s moisture barrier and helps to protect existing collagen as well as increases cell turnover and collagen production.

Together, this unique cocktail is equal to more than the sum of its parts. The Phyto-Retinol Blend is clinically proven to smooth texture and clear skin without any irritation.

How is the Advanced Retinol + Ferulic line different compared to other retinol products in the market?

Effective skincare goes beyond offering one active ingredient, but rather a formulation that is clinically tested and proven to deliver results without putting the skin at greater skin of irritation. The Advanced Retinol + Ferulic technology strengthens the moisture barrier, whereas other retinol products weaken the moisture barrier, triggering irritation. Compromising the moisture barrier leads to fine lines, dullness, flaking, redness, sensitivity and more. It’s simply counterproductive to compromise the moisture barrier when trying to address complexion concerns.

The Advanced Retinol + Ferulic technology includes anti-inflammatory properties to reduce any sensitivity or irritation from retinol before it happens. In addition, bakuchiol replenishes the moisture barrier so retinol can get to work stimulating cell turnover and natural collagen production without compromising the skin’s ability to protect against pathogens and retain moisture. I am proud to offer a retinol formulation that strengthens the moisture barrier and delivers anti-aging and acne-free results.

Is this skincare range suitable for sensitive skin?

Yes, many consumers have had bad experiences with retinol and it may cause them to avoid it. I wanted all age stages and skin types to be able to reap the benefits of retinol which is why I created the Phyto-Retinol Blend. Retinol is an ingredient that should be in your routine for years – it’s ok to introduce it slowly. You can ease your way into a few times a week and increase frequency overtime.

You added Bakuchiol to our formulation, what does bakuchiol do for skin?

First, retinol and bakuchiol should not be seen as alternatives – they are better together. When formulated together, you see greater results versus using each ingredient independently. Bakuchiol mitigates the irritation or sensitivity from retinol by reinforcing the skin barrier. It also increases cellular turnover, stimulates new collagen production and protects existing collagen, supporting the same processes as retinol. The key is using both together to decrease any irritation from retinol, boost the moisture barrier and reap greater results.

Can you incorporate AHAs/BHAs and retinol into your routine? If so, how?

Yes and you should be! Together they have a meaningful impact on skin tone and texture. Alpha and beta hydroxy acids loosen the glue that holds dead skin cells to skin’s surface, exfoliating the top layer of skin. Removing dead, dull-looking skin cells give an immediate improvement in skin texture with younger-looking skin cells being revealed. Retinol works by stimulating cell turnover in the deeper layers on skin, pushing young, healthy skin cells to the surface.

My philosophy is to never injure the skin in pursuit of treating it. When it comes to incorporating AHAs and BHAS into your routine, you want to look for a peel with two steps. This will ensure that the acids are neutralised in the second step and therefore not generating any sensitivity on skin.

A 2-step peel removes dead skin cells, oil, sebum and build-up, actually allowing for any active ingredients placed on top of the skin to penetrate deeper. I recommend acids like lactic acid, mandelic acid and malic acid that will remove dead skin cells gently and without triggering irritation. Your AHA/BHA peel should be the first step after cleansing. Then move on to retinol.

I prefer to apply retinol at night to support our bodies own natural cellular renewal process and avoid any additional sensitivity from sun exposure. Look for retinol that also uses soothing ingredients to mitigate irritation or try my new Advanced Retinol + Ferulic products!