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Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare
Age Erase Moisture With Mega 10 Plus
Rating
1.7 fl. oz. for $48
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:11.26.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Overview

The big hook for this moisturizer (well, other than its name, but this cannot erase anyone's age) is that it contains Mega 10 Plus, a complex Dr. Gross developed. As the story goes, Mega 10 Plus contains 10 essential nutrients for skin health. Dr. Gross doesn't specify each nutrient, but it's reasonable to assume he's referring to the antioxidant vitamins along with anti-aging ingredients that aren't really "nutrients" but still essential for younger skin. Those include plant-based antioxidants like green tea, ceramide 3, sodium hyaluronate, and phospholipids.

All of those give this moisturizer anti-aging credibility, but they're not unique to this product. Lots of other moisturizers (including others from Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare) contain them, too. Still, this is a very good, fragrance-free moisturizer for normal to dry (but not very dry) skin. No, it won't erase your age, but it does contain research-supported ingredients skin needs to look and act younger—and the price isn't outrageous.

Pros:
  • Contains a very good mix of anti-aging ingredients.
  • Emollient formula isn't too heavy but takes good care of dry skin.
  • Packaged to keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • This is nit-picking, but the "age erase" name is a bit much; this product won't "erase" anyone's age.
Claims
Age Erase Moisture provides anti-aging hydration with Mega 10 Plus, a complex developed by Dr. Gross which contains 10 essential nutrients for optimal skin health.
Ingredients
Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Squalane, Retinyl Palmitate, Panthenol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ergocalciferol (Vitamin D), Yucca Glauca Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Emblica Officinalis Fruit Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Phospholipids, Ubiquinone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tetrapeptide-21, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Ceramide 3, Acrylates/Carbamate Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Cyclodextrin, Phytic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Benzoate.
Brand Overview

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare 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 what’s 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. But Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare 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 every Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare 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 159–161).

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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05.28.2014
Don't care for this

I have not been pleased with this at all. For something this pricey I want to enjoy putting it on. The matching eye cream is wonderful. I have slightly dry skin and this is not enough moisture- I have to use the eye cream around in places for extra moisture. I'm not impressed because it just feels like I'm putting a thick mask like moisture on my face. It does soak in. I can't wait to have this used up!

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05.13.2014
Decent but pricey

This moisturiser is really well suited for someone with normal to dry skin. Unfortunately, I have dry to very dry skin and this wasn't rich enough for me in the winter months. It does go on well and sinks in fairly quickly. Make up tends to blend and sit well with it but I find that my make up doesn't last all day. It does last longer than the Beauticontrol Spa Facial Lotion though. For the price I'd think about getting it again but I hope to find a better alternative before next winter.

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