03.12.2013
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All-in-One Facial Cleanser with Toner
Rating
6.7 fl. oz. for $32
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:03.12.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Despite being gussied up with some antioxidants, this water-soluble cleanser remains a standard option whose toning benefits are negligible. Ideally, you want a toner that’s loaded with beneficial ingredients for skin. Adding those ingredients to a cleanser is a good start, but ultimately not as effective as following with a well formulated toner. Why? Cleansers are rinsed from skin while toners remain, which gives the good ingredients more time to work as intended. Besides, this cleanser contains more witch hazel water and coconut alcohol than antioxidants and skin-identical ingredients. This cleanser is best for normal to oily skin and is ill-suited for sensitive skin.

Claims

This gentle yet thorough cleanser not only removes dirt, stubborn makeup, and excess oil, but tones at the same time. Natural Witch Hazel does the toning, without stripping the skin, while Chamomile soothes, and Vitamin E restores and protects skin’s natural moisture barrier. Designed for all ages and skin types, even the most sensitive, and perfect for everyday use.

Ingredients

Purified Water, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Witch Hazel Water, Coco-Glucoside, Coconut Alcohol, Jojoba Seed Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Oat Kernel Extract, Safflower Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phospholipids, Chlorella Pyrenoidosa Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Matricaria Flower Rxtract, Sunflower Seed Oil, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Caprylyl Glycol, Matricaria Oil, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 60, Acrylates/C10-30

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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01.11.2015
Not for dry skin

After three days of using on my dry skin, exactly as directed, my skin was even drier than before. I really liked the feel and it certainly helped with cleaning out pores. I think it would be a fine morning cleanser for oily skin.

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Dena A
04.05.2014
Have used this for years

I have used it for about 4 years now. This cleanser cleans my face very well without it ever feeling dry and removes the majority of my mascara and all of my makeup. I love that I don't need to follow up with toner, an extra time-consuming step. The DG foaming cleanser did not do as good a job as this one, mascara was not removed as well. I have tried a few other cleansers but always come back to this one. I massage it in for the full 20 minutes despite having normal to dry skin.

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