Manhattan-based dermatologist, Dr. Dennis Gross, created a problem-solving skincare line in order to empower women to take control of their beauty routines and to raise the bar on expectations and results. We talk to this miracle worker about protecting the skin from winter’s chill, new skin treatments he’s excited about and knowing when to purge outdated products.
Beauty 24/7: Do you have any recommendations to protect skin from the winter weather?
Dr. Dennis Gross: Winter can be tough on your skin because skin produces less oil in the absence of sunlight and heat. To avoid over-drying your skin, skip extra hot baths and showers and choose cleansers that don’t completely strip the skin of its natural oils.
After a bath or shower, try this technique for moisturizing: Keep the bathroom door closed to preserve the steam, then gently towel-dry your body and apply moisturizer to skin that is still saturated, for optimum skin hydration.
What is the most common mistake you see people make with their skincare regimens?
Dr. Gross: The most common mistake people make is waiting too long to begin an anti-aging skincare regimen. The best way to maintain a healthy, youthful complexion is to work aggressively to preserve your skin early (in your 20s) with antioxidants, topical vitamins and regular, gentle chemical exfoliation.
A majority of your products are vegan. What differentiates vegan products from nonvegan products?
Dr. Gross: We do not test on animals. Vegan products are products that contain no animal-derived ingredients.
Which new skin treatment you are most excited about?
Dr. Gross: I’m always an advocate for at-home steaming to hydrate and clarify the skin; Steamer Solutions does just that. The constant flow of moisture exfoliates by getting rid of surface debris and dead skin cells while simultaneously clearing passageways (nose, mouth and lungs). It was important to me to create an easy way for my patients to achieve relaxing, clinical facials at home.
What is your #1 tip for aging gracefully?
Dr. Gross: My #1 tip for aging gracefully is to maintain proper balance of your skin. You can do this by using products specifically formulated for your skin type—dry, normal or oily. This will avoid over-moisturizing oily skin (leading to greasy skin and enlarged pores) or over-drying skin (leading to irritated skin and aging).
What is the shelf life of your skincare products? What are the dangers of using expired products?
Dr. Gross: Most products are made to have at least a 1-year shelf life from the moment you open the bottle, unless otherwise specified.
When using any product (expired or not), make sure to be aware of consistency differences, odors and separation properties. Ask yourself, “Is it usually this thick?” Damage to the product structure or chemistry will affect its potency. This is very unsafe because the product delivery to the skin could be flawed.