Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Extra Strength Alpha Beta Face Peel

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peels

Ok, so it’s been a little too long since I’ve taken the time to do some beauty product reviews.  (I’m not really sure why it’s taken me so long either because I certainly haven’t stopped using beauty products….at all!)  Regardless, here comes one and hopefully more to follow in the near future.

I have always wanted to have a chemical peel done but can never actually bring myself to have one done because I don’t want to deal with the downtime of having a red, flaky, peeling face for a couple of days afterwards and the thought of them kind of freaks me out…just a little.  My skin can be very temperamental…I have periods where it’s great and periods where it’s anything but great.  I also tend to have acne spots that last long after the pimple is gone (I guess it’s an annoying and pesky way of reminding me of what used to be there.)  So, when I stumbled upon these little facial wipes I was definitely tempted to try them being that they aren’t as invasive as an actual chemical peel and have no downtime.

These wipes are available in two different strengths, regular and extra strength.  I dove right into the extra strength wipes and didn’t even try the regular strength ones because I was dead-set on getting results and thought that the extra strength ones stood a better chance at giving me my desired results.  If you have sensitive skin, I would highly suggest starting out with the regular strength wipes first.

Another great thing about these wipes is that they are available in different quantities which is great for someone who is just looking to try them out.  These treatment wipes are available in the following quantities: 5, 30 or 60.  Packs of 5 retail for $15.00, packs of 30 retail for $82.00 and packs of 60 retail for $145.00.  (For my first time using them, I obviously went for the 5 pack.) They also have them available in a package deal called the “14 Day Challenge with Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution” which retails for $45.00. (This is also a great deal, which I’ve also purchased….more than once.)

We’ll start with the 5 pack, which is what I tried first.  Each treatment consists of two conjoined pouches which each contain a wipe (so two wipes per treatment).  Wipe 1 is to be used first (but I’m sure that is obvious to everyone) on a clean face.  You simply rub your skin in circular motions until the wipe is no longer moist.  Then you wait two minutes before using wipe 2.  After the two minutes are up, use wipe 2 the same way that you used wipe 1.   That’s it.  It’s quick and easy but I will say that I did (and still do) notice a burning sensation when using wipe 1 so be aware of that and don’t be surprised if you notice it too.

I noticed a subtle glow to my skin immediately after using these but really noticed it after using them for a couple of days consecutively.  I noticed an even better glow after trying the 14 day challenge treatment with the brightening solution.  The 14 day challenge works the exact same way as the 5 pack of pads does except there are enough treatment packs for 14 days and there is the brightening serum.  The brightening serum is applied after you use both wipes and I think that this serum is really beneficial and just gives your skin that much more of a healthy glow.

I will say though that I would not do this treatment after doing a face mask of any kind prior (speaking from experience.)  It could have been something in the face mask I did prior to using this treatment or my face could have just been feeling sensitive but it was not a pleasant experience!  The burning sensation was a lot worse than ever before and my face was left looking patchy and red….so don’t follow in my footsteps there!

Overall, I like this product and like the results.  My skin always looks like it has a nice natural glow after doing these treatments and it also helps reduce my acne spots in a significant way.  (I notice the most dramatic results and lighter/faded acne spots after using these for multiple consecutive days.)

What I like:

  • Gives skin a natural glow
  • Reduces and fades acne spots
  • Evens out skin tone
  • Noticeable results….quickly

What I don’t like:

  • Burning sensation
  • Results seem to fade if this isn’t used on a regular basis
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Avocado and Egg Hand and Foot Treatment

Avocado and Egg Hand and Foot Treatment
Treat dry hands and feet to this moisturizing treatment!
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. rice bran
Directions:
  • Combine all ingredients; mix well to form a creamy paste
  • Massage mixture onto feet and hands
  • Let sit for 20 minutes
  • Rinse with water

Apple and Honey Acne Facial Mask

Apple and Honey Acne Facial Mask
Fight acne with this delicious acne facial mask!
Ingredients:
  • 1 medium apple
  • 5 tbsp. honey
Directions:
  • Grate the apple; combine with honey and mix well
  • Apply the mixture to a clean face (avoid the eye area)
  • Let sit for 5-10 minutes
  • Rinse with cold water

Avocado and Carrot Creamy Facial Mask

Carrot and Avocado Creamy Facial Mask

Slather your face in this creamy mask that is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants which help rebuild collagen!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp. honey

Directions:

  • Cook the carrot until soft; mash using a fork
  • Mash to avocado with a fork, add the mashed avocado to the mashed carrot
  • Combine the remaining ingredients to the mashed ingredients; mix well
  • Apply to a clean face (avoid the eye area)
  • Let sit for 10-15 minutes
  • Rinse with cold water

All Natural Face Mask for Normal Skin

Natural Face Mask for Normal Skin

Leave skin feeling and looking soft and smooth with this natural facial mask!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 3 tbsp. heavy cream
  • 2 tsp. cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tsp. oatmeal powder

 

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients; mix well
  • Apply to a clean face (avoid the eye area)
  • Let sit for 10 minutes
  • Rinse with warm water

Lime Facial Treatment for Acne

Lime Facial for Acne

Banish acne with this easy lime acne treatment!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • Juice from one lime
  • 1 tsp. glycerin

Directions:

  • Boil the milk; add the remaining ingredients
  • Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes (or until cool)
  • Dab acne spots on clean skin with the mixture using a tissue or cloth
  • Let sit overnight
  • Rinse face the next morning with water

Mandarin Orange and Almond Facial Scrub

Mandarin Orange Almond Facial Scrub

Treat your skin to this delicious facial scrub!

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 tsp. almond meal
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. mandarin juice

 

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients; mix well
  • Apply to face (avoid the eye area)
  • Gently massage mixture into skin for a couple of minutes
  • Rinse with water