Those looking to cleanse, tone, moisturize, and fight wrinkles all at the same time are supposed to have found what they need in this product, at least according to the claims. These individually-wrapped, water-based towelettes (right, just ordinary towelettes) are said to be your do-it-all option (though sun protection was left out, so right away you know this isn’t an all-in-one solution for keeping skin healthy). All these really do is minimally cleanse skin and provide it with a smattering of antioxidants. Most of the intriguing ingredients are listed after the preservative (caprylyl glycol) and as such don’t count for much. The realistic way to view this product is as a slightly moisturizing toner you wipe over skin after a workout or long day outdoors if you’re not wearing makeup. That’s the “EZ” part, but you’ll still need a real cleanser and the rest of your skin-care routine because this is only the beginning, and a poor beginning at that.
EZ4U Facial Towelettes provide the benefits of four skincare products (cleanser, toner, wrinkle fighter and moisturizer) in one comprehensive and convenient towelette. The perfect way to maintain healthy skin on-the-go, this multi-tasking, individually-wrapped treatment delivers potent anti-aging and botanical ingredients to refresh and improve your complexion anytime throughout the day.
Purified Water, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Bicarbonate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Sodium PCA, Bisabolol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Germ Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, 1-Methylhydantoin-2-Imide, Arbutin, Lactic Acid, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Acrylates/Carbamate Copolymer, Dimethyl Sulfone, Zinc PCA, Caprylyl Glycolic, Bentonite, Copper PCA, Mannitol, Butylene Glycol, Octoxynol-p, PEG12 Dimethicone, Simethicone, Disodium EDTA, Cyclodextrin, Pentasodium Pentetate, Phytic Acid, Potassium Citrate, Potassium Gluconate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid
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.