A little goes a long way
Improves skin's texture
No oily residue
Can't necessarily be used with exfoliating acids
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum
We put the Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review.
Over the last few years, I’ve become deeply invested in taking care of my skin. That includes taking care of the skin under and around my eyes. Because of this, I often incorporate eye serums and creams into my daily skincare routine to keep my eye area soft and smooth.
Recently, I had the chance to try out Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum. It claims to use breakthrough retinol technology to firm skin, reduce wrinkles, and smooth eyelids. It’s one of the brand’s bestsellers, and Byrdie even dubbed it the best retinol serum of 2020. With so much praise backing this serum, I was eager to put it to the test. Did it live up to the hype?
Keep scrolling for my honest review.
Best for: All skin types; especially those with oily and combination skin
Uses: Firm skin, reduce wrinkles, and smooth the eyelid
Active Ingredients: Ferulic acid, licorice root extract, and bearberry extract
Byrdie Clean?: Yes
About the brand: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare is known for formulating cruelty-free skincare products powered by science and nature.
About My Skin: A bit on the dry side with dark circles
I have chronically dry skin. That’s why I spend a lot of time tending to my skin and slathering on moisturizing products. When it comes to my eye area, I often find that the skin under my eyes is also dry. On top of that, I’ve always dealt with darkness and puffiness around my eyes as well. I don’t have any fine lines or crows feet at the moment, but I’m glad that this serum will prevent them from forming and improve the overall texture and appearance of my skin.
The Feel: A lightweight gel
This eye serum has an almost weightless gel texture. After dabbing it onto my eyelids and under my eyes, it quickly soaked into my skin without leaving any oily residue behind.
Ingredients: A skin-loving blend of acids and extracts
The plant-based antioxidant, ferulic acid, reduces the signs of premature aging including fine lines, wrinkles, and brown spots. The addition of retinol, a buzzy exfoliant, lessens the appearance of wrinkles and scars, smooths skin texture, and clears skin. Licorice root extract helps combat discoloration, provides anti-inflammatory benefits, and may help control oil production in the skin. And finally, bearberry extract is a natural alternative to hydroquinone, known to help correct hyperpigmentation and increase cell turnover.
Irritation: A few things to keep in mind
When it comes to ferulic acid, it is recommended that you don’t use it with exfoliating acids—including glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids—because they can alter the pH, which can change the effectiveness of the antioxidant. Since retinol is also used in this serum’s formula, it is also important to be mindful about applying vitamin C, other exfoliants, and astringents afterward because it may irritate.
The Results: Smoother, firmer skin
Every morning and evening, I gently patted the serum onto my under-eye area and eyelids. The gel feels cooling when it goes on, which helped tone down my under-eye puffiness a bit.
Immediately after applying it, the skin around my eyes felt hydrated and had a subtle radiance to it.
Since I don’t have any noticeable fine lines or wrinkles, I was more so looking for this serum to improve the existing texture and enhance the smoothness around my eyes. After using it for three weeks, I can report that my eyelids and the under-eye area now feel softer and smoother than ever. I’d even go so far as to say that the skin around my eyes now feels smoother than the rest of my skin.
The Value: A worthwhile investment
You can snag this serum for around $69. For that price, you get 0.5 fluid ounces of product. While this price tag may be a bit jarring for the amount of product you get, a little bit of serum goes a long way, so it should last you a while. Plus, it contains high-quality ingredients that make it a worthwhile investment for your skin.
Similar Products: You have options
Verso Super Eye Serum ($80): Powered by Retinol 8 complex, Verso’s Super Eye Serum helps reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet. It also contains amino acids, which help reduce under-eye puffiness and smooth crepey skin.
Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum ($85): This Murad serum provides 24-hour hydration and other anti-aging benefits. Upon application, it delivers an instant dose of retinol and then a subsequent dose over time to reduce irritation and boost its skin benefits.
For me, the Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum knocked it out of the park in terms of firming my skin and improving texture around my eyes. And if you’re someone looking to reduce the appearance of crow's feet or creepiness, I have a hunch that this will work wonders for you as well. I’ll be using this serum until the very last drop.
- Product Name Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum
- Product Brand Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare
- Price $69
- Weight 0.5 oz.
- Ingredients Water/Aqua/Eau, Propylene Glycol, Ethoxydiglycol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Ferulic Acid, Retinol, Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, 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)