Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare

Lift & Lighten Eye Cream

0.50 fl. oz. for $ 60.00
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Lift & Lighten Eye Cream cannot combat all manner of undereye discolorations—it won’t do a thing for dark circles that are hereditary or from allergies. As for puffy eyes, this won’t reduce undereye bags due to aging; in fact, almost none of the claims made for this eye cream are true which is just so disheartening from a doctor-designed line. On the plus side, this really does contain some very helpful ingredients for skin anywhere on the face. Unfortunately, Dr. Gross combined the good ingredients with some troublesome ones, including arnica and lavender. They’re not present in great amounts, but even a small amount of lavender oil can cause oxidative damage. Yes, the antioxidants in this eye cream will help to counter that, but wouldn’t you prefer these antioxidants devote their energy to improving your skin rather than fighting undesirable ingredients?

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Effectively diminish under-eye darkness and discoloration with this advanced, revitalizing cream that provides essential moisture, protection and a noticeable skin-tightening effect immediately for a firmer, more youthful appearance. This improved state-of-the-art formulation revitalizes the entire eye area, diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and repairing skin damage. Also, the addition of Chelators causes this product to help remove Calcium left on the skin from tap water.

Purified Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sesame Seed Oil, PEG-40 Stearate, Aminobutyric Acid, Silica, Retinyl Palmitate/Carrot Polypeptide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alpha-Arbutin, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Niacinamide, Licorice Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Protein, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Tocopherol, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Amica Montana Flower Extract, Glycine Soybean Protein, Lavender Oil, Oxido Reductases, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Pearl Powder, Omenis Multicaulis Oil, Phyllanthus Embtica Extract, Dipeptide-2, Quercetin Caprylate, Squalane, Chrysin, Cholesterol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium/Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phytic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Oleate, Ceramide 2 Sorbitan Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hexylene Glycol, Tribehenin, Butylene Glycol, Silica Dimethyl Silyate, Sodium Hydroxide, Steareth-20, Ceteareth-20, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

Dr. Dennis GrossSkincare At-A-Glance

Strengths: Almost all of the products are fragrance-free; several serums and moisturizers contain a brilliant assortment of beneficial skin-care ingredients; all of the sunscreens contain sufficient UVA protection; almost all of the antioxidant-rich products are packaged to ensure stability and potency.

Weaknesses: Expensive; no effective AHA or BHA products (including the at-home peel the line is "known" for); problematic toner; incomplete selection of products to treat acne, and whats available is more irritating than helpful; a few "why bother?" products.

As you may have gleaned from the name, dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross created this skin-care line. Based in New York City, he claims that all of his products provide "maximum results without side effects," a statement any doctor should know better than to make. For instance, a consumer would logically assume, especially coming from a doctor, that "maximum results" means the products in question really will firm, lift, tighten, plump, or peel the skin. ButDr. Dennis GrossSkincare products don't provide maximum results, not in the least, and definitely not in any of the ways suggested by the marketing copy. In fact, although Gross includes some very impressive ingredients in his products, they cannot make good on the most enticing claims he makes for them.

As for the promise of "no side effects," that is easily refuted with a simple overview of his underachieving products. A quick summary: lavender oil can cause skin-cell death, sulfur is extremely irritating and drying to skin, ascorbic acid can be sensitizing, as can retinol, and the synthetic active sunscreen agents he uses can also present their share of problems. That's not to say that all of these ingredients are bad for skin (only the sulfur and lavender oil qualify for that description), but it's foolish to make a blanket statement that your cosmeceutical-type products are free of side effects. How could he possibly know what a person may react to?

Gross also asserts that he uses cutting-edge technology in his products, a point which I concede given the number of superior moisturizers and serums he offers, all of which compete nicely with other well-formulated products. His products are expensive, but if you're going to spend a lot of money on skin-care products, you should be purchasing state-of-the-art formulas, and these do rate. Of course, this technology (read: efficacious ingredients) doesn't extend to everyDr. Dennis GrossSkincare product, but overall this is one line whose formulas have improved considerably since the previous edition of this book, and that is excellent news!

Several of the products in this line contain emu oil. While there is research indicating that emu oil is a good emollient that can help heal skin, it is not that different from other oils that offer the same benefit, such as grape or olive or even mineral oil for that matter (Source: Australasian Journal of Dermatology, August 1996, pages 159161).

Last, please ignore the tired claim that these products are your alternative to surgical procedures and that they use medical-grade ingredients. Concerning the latter, there is no such thing; Gross uses the same cosmetic and over-the-counter active ingredients found throughout the cosmetics industry. And although his line offers some remarkable products, none of them can provide results equivalent to Botox, dermal fillers, chemical peels, or laser treatments (and definitely not a face-lift).

Note: Unless mentioned otherwise, all MD Skincare products are fragrance-free.

For more information about Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, call (888) 830-7546 or visit the Web site at www.dgskincare.com.

NOTE: In Spring 2010, MD Skincare became Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare.

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