Dr. Dennis Gross Clinical Concentrate Hydration Booster is a serious life saver. It is incredibly hydrating, to the point that it could probably be a standalone moisturizer for someone with oily skin. It has a very light and watery consistency, a bit thicker than water but not as heavy as an oil. The ingredients list contains several hydrating and skin conditioning ingredients, including hyaluronic acid, several ceramides, and collagen, plus the primary ingredient, evening primrose extract.
It also contains antioxidants in the form of green tea extract, centella asiatica (or gotu kola), and retinol. Glycolic and lactic acids are also present in the formula, but the pH is too high for them to work as exfoliants. I don’t mind this though, since I have other exfoliants that I really like. Unfortunately, the formula does contain a tiny amount of fragrance, but the scent is not noticeable and it hasn’t caused any issues for me.
Ingredients: Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Glycerin, Saccharide Isomerate, Yucca Aloifolia Leaf/Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Linoleic Acid, Centella Asiatica Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Ceramide NP, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Quercetin Caprylate, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Extract, Retinol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Symphytum Officinale Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Tetrapeptide-21, Copper PCA, Sodium PCA, Urea, Bisabolol, Acrylates/Carbamate Copolymer, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Phytosphingosine, Zinc PCA, Laureth-7, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Isosteareth-200 Linoleate, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Cholesterol, Polyacrylamide, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance.
This product is intended to be either added to other products to boost their hydrating abilities, or as a standalone serum. I have been using it as a serum on its own after toning but before moisturizing. I began using a separate retinol product a few months ago and my skin has had a very hard time adjusting (adding a BHA product into the mix didn’t help either…oops). At first it was great because the retinol really decreased oil production in my t-zone. But my skin was getting very dehydrated and flaky to the point that I couldn’t really apply makeup over top because it looked horrible. But this product has helped tremendously. My dehydrated skin was feeling so tight and uncomfortable, even after multiple applications of moisturizer, but this solved that problem in literally one use. It has also really plumped up the few fine lines I have across my forehead to the point that they are no longer visible. At all. Just don’t apply this with acid products since it contains some retinol, and that could potentially cause irritation.
Dr. Dennis Gross Clinical Concentrate Hydration Booster is a fantastic product and I never want to be without it again. Seriously, it has done absolute wonders for my skin in the few weeks I’ve been using it. It hydrates the skin much more deeply than a regular moisturizer and makes skin look plumped, dewy, and bright. It’s seriously awesome. It’s also cruelty free and vegan. Also awesome.
It’s $68USD for a 1oz bottle and it’s worth every penny.