He loves to drum to The Rolling Stones, practice yoga and spend time with his wife and kids – Dr. Dennis Gross is just a normal family, with a best-selling skin care line and celeb clientele. The famed NY dermatologist is a powerhouse. His products allow you to bring the doctor home with you - case in point his ultra-famous Alpha Beta® Daily Face Peel. It lands a spot on every ‘best of’ list and quickly become’s a part of every women’s morning routine after she’s seen its capabilities.
The Beauty Bug had the opportunity to interview Dr. Gross before She heads to Sephora on Thursday to have a HD consultation with him via Skype (any Bostonians interested in making an appointment at Sephora on 11/17, click here). Read on to find out more about the man behind the brand.
BB: Give us the elevator pitch on Dr. Dennis Gross skincare.
DG: We started selling the line in my office in 1999, for my patients. Due to the immense popularity of the line, we then rolled out distribution to spas/salons in 2002. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare was established in 2002 as a line of multi-tasking products that help skin meet its most beautiful potential – providing dramatic results within days and a long-term transformation with continued use. I formulate every product myself, combining a blend of the best natural antioxidants, vitamins and botanicals with the most scientifically advanced delivery systems.
BB: In preparing for this interview, The Beauty Bug read an interview where you gave a skincare tip which was to not take extra hot showers. Can you please explain?
DG: Using extremely hot water to wash your face can strip the skin of essential oils and cause drying. The longer the shower and the hotter the water, the more likely you are to experience this effect. Essentially, it causes a breakdown of the skin’s lipid barrier.
BB: Let us in on some of the secrets of the derm world. What would we see if cameras were let into your office for your new reality TV show, “Dr. Dennis Gross: Skin Deep?”
DG: Every day is different, which is what I love about the work I do. In a given day I can see patients with more serious concerns like moles that could be cancerous, to patients coming in for quick fixes or a consult.
BB: You’ve been known to say “pink is the new red.” Can you explain that? What is the minimum level SPF we should be wearing on a daily basis?
DG: An SPF 15 blocks out 92% of the sun’s UVB rays. An SPF 30 blocks out 96%, and an SPF 45 or higher blocks out 97%. But it is doubtful that SPF 45 is clinically more effective than SPF 30. An SPF 30 however, offers significantly more protection than an SPF 15, as you can see, so I would recommend a minimum of SPF 30.
What I mean when I say “pink is the new red” is that you should not wait until you turn red to get out of the sun. Pinkness is actually the sign of a little burn. Skin that is chronically pinkened by the sun may also be undergoing a mutation to its DNA, which is associated with all types of skin cancers. Areas that stay pink permanently mean that they have lost many of their melanocytes. These regions require either more frequent sunscreen application or a higher SPF than the one you are using everywhere else. The nose is more vulnerable to becoming permanently pink than other parts of the face because it is the most exposed to the ultraviolet rays. For this reason, it is the most common area for skin cancers.
BB: The Beauty Bug can’t interview you and not ask you to discuss the Alpha Beta® Peel. It’s SO wildly popular that it really deserves its own acronym. Can you talk a bit about ABP (who may need the extra strength peel, etc.).
DG: The Alpha Beta® Daily Face Peel combines lower concentrations of five beneficial acids in a one-of-a kind system. The key to results lies in two steps. Step 1 gently “micro-exfoliates” skin to remove dead cells and preps the skin for better absorption of the Step 2 Enriching Neutralizer. Step 2 infuses beneficial actives such as Vitamins A, C, and E, Retinol and Green Tea into the skin. After completion of this easy, two-minute routine, skin is smoother, firmer and 10 times more fresh and radiant.
The best way to get plump and dewy skin is by gentle, daily chemical exfoliation with Alpha and Beta Hydroxy acids to help remove dead skin cells and reveal brighter, more even-toned skin. Skin can appear dull when dead skin cells are not removed.
BB: Differences between the Original Peel vs. the Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel?
DG: Original Formula
• Anyone looking for preventative measures
• First time peel users and/or extremely sensitive skin
• Mild to moderate signs of aging
Extra Strength Formula
• Anyone looking for corrective measures
• Anyone dissatisfied with other anti-aging treatments
• Moderate to severe signs of aging
• Higher concentrations of Alpha & Beta Hydroxy Acids plus the addition of Willow Bark Extract and Mandelic Acid
• Newly added ingredients act as anti-aging boosters
BB: Which celebrity would you like to get your hands on for facial/peel/treatment?
DG: Cameron Diaz
BB: Tell The Beauty Bug about the importance of Vitamin D and talk a little bit about the new product launching in February.
DG: It has been found that 3 out of 4 people in the US are deficient in Vitamin D. Vitamin D is an important anti-oxidant from nature that is necessary for one’s overall health, and a key for beautiful looking skin.
Benefits of Vitamin D to the skin include:
-reduces risk of skin cancer
-helps acne/acne scars
-replenishes Hydration and boosts elasticity
-helps smooth the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
-enhances skin radiance & luminosity
-helps correct the appearance of sun damage & dark spots
The new Active Vitamin D Serum Oil has already activated vitamin D. In order for vitamin D to actually start working, it needs to be activated by the sun. Other ways to get Vitamin D is through supplements and food, although most Vitamin D found in food still needs sunlight in order to active the Vitamin D for all the benefits. The Active Vitamin D Serum Oil when applied directly on the skin can provide 4 times the amount of vitamin D rather than if you ingested it.