There are plenty of anti-aging products claiming to even skin tone and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Dr. Dennis Gross’s Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution has what it takes to actually deliver on those claims, making it an excellent option if you’re in the market for a multi-tasking serum.
Starting things off on the right foot is the packaging. Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution comes in a brown-tinted bottle with a dropper dispenser, which helps protect its beneficial ingredients from light and air exposure. As for what’s inside, it’s a very good, water-based serum that contains an intriguing blend of lightening and anti-aging ingredients.
I’m uncertain as to why Dr. Gross calls the product a “solution” as it is serum-like in consistency. The clear liquid absorbs rapidly, with no traces of stickiness or greasiness or fragrance. The serum is easily gentle enough for use by all skin types, even those who have never used a retinol before. In fact, this is an excellent starter retinol product as well as a maintenance product. The combination of retinol and ferulic is brilliant (also found in his Active Vitamin D Serum-Oil but in a very different formulation and in much smaller concentrations). Moreover, products with ferulic acid aren’t easy to come by. Add to that an abundance of skin beneficial ingredients and you have a potent multi-active product that, over time, gently delivers on its promise of smooth skin and reduced hyperpigmentation.
The chief antioxidant in this fragrance-free serum is ferulic acid, and it’s excellent for helping to boost skin’s ability to defend itself from environmental damage.
This also contains retinol, which helps skin create better, healthier skin cells (which aids in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles). In addition, Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution contains a number of ingredients, such as licorice root extract, bearberry leaf extract, arbutin, and mulberry leaf extract, which have research showing they can reduce the appearance of dark spots. This serum is best for all skin types concerned with an uneven skin tone.
Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution also contains a mix of AHA ingredients plus the BHA salicylic acid, but the formula’s pH is above 4, which means these ingredients won’t function as exfoliants, not to mention the combined amounts of them likely remain below what research has shown to be effective. Nevertheless, this does contain a very good series of antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients with the ability to improve signs of aging as well as helping to fade discolorations.
I would recommend this in a heartbeat. The only downside is the price; it’s $88 for a 1 ounce bottle. However it is MUCH cheaper than a trip to your dermatologist!