I like retinol. It does all manner of good things for skin. In the case of Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic & Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum, it helps brighten, smooth fine lines, and firm fragile under eye skin. The formula also helps depuff around the eye area. The ferulic acid also helps provide an additional antioxidant boost to the product (along with the green tea, licorice extract, and CoQ10). The ferulic acid also helps to make the product more gentle so that the retinol is less irritating than it can be in other retinol products. It’s actually gentle enough that it can be used on the eyelids, something most other retinol products say to avoid. Arbutin was included in the formula as well, which helps to lighten dark spots. It’s also fragrance free, making it even more appropriate for use on delicate skin around your eyes.
Ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol, Ethoxydiglycol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Ferulic Acid, Retinol, Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Arbutin, Morus Nigra Fruit Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Quercetin, Caffeine, Ubiquinone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Mandelic Acid, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Disodium Lauriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates, Lecithin, Tetrapeptide-21, Acrylates/Carbamate Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer, Urea, Polysorbate 20, BHT, Potassium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI77499).
I’ve gone through almost a whole bottle of this, which is 0.5oz. It’s a bit expensive, but has already lasted nearly 6 months with use several times per week. I’ve really enjoyed using it and I feel like it has helped minimize a couple of fine lines that were starting to form around my eyes. I’m still in my 20s, so I don’t have a bunch of wrinkles to try to get rid of, but I’ve started using retinol products a few times a week as more of a preventative measure. In my experience so far, it seems like a well formulated product that is effective and does what it claims to do. The texture of this serum is not runny at all like its counterpart product the Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution (which is quite watery, but also pretty awesome). This is more of a gel serum. The pump on the bottle is quite excellent, and I usually only use a half pump to cover both under eye and eyelid areas.
Retinol can be harsh, though. So you have to make sure it’s formulated well and you don’t overuse it before your skin gets used to it. The Dr. Dennis Gross retinol products are formulated to be effective, but also gentle. This eye serum is no exception. It is a really good product. It’s packaged properly to avoid sunlight degradation, it’s vegan, fragrance free, silicone free, cruelty free, alcohol free… But basically, this is a good eye serum that should work well on sensitive skin since it is a very gentle formulation. As with any retinol product though, don’t jump in to using it every day straight away. Definitely start out with once or twice a week and work up to daily use. Even after using this for months, I prefer to use it only a few times a week at most. With that frequency of use, I never have any irritation or reactions from this product.
I highly recommend this eye serum from Dr. Dennis Gross. I will probably try something else when I run out, but that’s more out of curiosity than anything else. This is good stuff, and I will probably end up coming back to it sometime in the future.
A 0.5oz bottle of Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic & Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum is available for $68 at Sephora or SpaceNK. If you want to try a few of the ferulic and retinol products, you can also get it as part of a Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic and Retinol sampler set for $44 at QVC.