At 50-something years old, my mom is always looking for ways to improve her skin. She’s tried expensive retinol creams, serums and toners, and sure, they were nice. But nothing ever made a super visible difference in her complexion.
That is, until she tried the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel one night. After waking up the next morning and taking one look in the mirror, she immediately texted me, “Wow, that stuff really works. My skin looks smoother and brighter.” I can’t lie, my first thought was Oookay, Mom. Wishful thinking. I mean, how many products have you tried that have made that big a difference after one use? Exactly.
Then I saw her in person. Shock, awe and “Dang, woman!” are a few of the initial reactions that come to mind. Her dark spots, which are usually prominent thanks to years of sun damage, were much less noticeable. The little bit of redness and the touch of uneven skin tone she usually has were gone, leaving her with a glowing complexion. And the fine lines around her eyes? Almost nonexistent. It looked as if she’d just come from a really great facial, not a packed morning of client meetings.
Naturally, I was dying to know what exactly makes this exfoliator work so well, so I Googled the ingredients. For one, it’s a dermatologist-approved formula (as are all of Dr. Dennis Gross’s products). The Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel contains a strong dose of seven alpha/beta acids, as well as antioxidants and vitamins, to get rid of dry skin while improving tone and texture at the same time. It’s so strong and effective that the brand recommends using it every other day at first, and four times a week maximum.
My mom certainly isn’t the only one who’s benefited from its power. “I’ve only used it for a week but have already noticed that my pores are smaller and my dark spots faded,” one reviewer writes. “Amazing product. My skin in my 30s looks better than it did in my 20s,” raves another. “This is literally the best thing created in the skin care industry,” says yet another.
I’m most blown away by how universally beneficial this peel seems to be. Numerous people say it’s the only thing that treats their cystic acne, and others attest that it has changed the texture of their skin completely. Name any skin concern and there’s a person claiming this peel cures it. Pretty impressive.
Three months later, even my mom’s most persistent dark spots are almost completely gone and she’s hooked on the peel. “I just ordered another box!” she told me excitedly over the phone the other day. And right now, it's on sale for 10 percent off as part of Dermstore’s Beauty Refresh Event. A set of 60 peel pads typically costs $150, but with code ‘GLOWUP’ you can get a box for just $135. Score!