Battle of the Peels – Dr.DG & M61

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DR DENNIS GROSS UNIVERSAL PEEL

M61 SKINCARE POWER GLOW PEEL

Claims

Resurrect radiance with the appearance of reduced wrinkles, and refined pores with Dr. Dennis Gross’ iconic renewing peel, an easy and safe for at-home use version of peels he uses for patients at his NYC practice – without requiring recovery time.

Step 1 is packed with rejuvenating, powerful yet gentle exfoliating acids.

Step 2 controls the alpha hydroxy acid activity and delivers anti-aging actives, nourishing skin, keeping it balanced, smooth, and radiant – perfectly prepped for a more effective skincare routine.

Skin immediately looks refreshed and glowing. This universal formula contains a combination of five acids, ideal for first-time peel users and those of all skin types.

A quick glycolic and salicylic acid exfoliating peel with vitamin K, bilberry and chamomile.

100% paraben-free, 100% synthetic fragrance-free, dermatologist tested, allergy tested
 vegan

This radiant glow peel provides deep exfoliation, resurfaces, clarifies and helps to firm the skin. Glycolic and salicylic acid help reduce pore size, reduce the appearance of fine lines and improve the skin’s tone, texture and clarity.

Vitamin K helps to reduce the appearance of spider veins and combats dry, rosacea-like patches.

Antioxidant bilberry extract helps promote an even skin tone, while chamomile and lavender assist in calming and soothing irritation.

Size of Pads and Solution Soak Level

Size 2″x 2″ square pads

Very well soaked pads

Pads are gentle on skin, like a soft tissue.

Size 2″x 3″ rectangular pads

Very well soaked pads

Pads are slightly thicker than DrDG pads, very gentle on skin.

Scent

They smell so similar, the scent I find hard to describe, it’s pleasant is all I can say and not overbearing. However, with Dr DG Step 1 the first whiff of alcohol can be strong. 

Ingredients

 

Step 1: Water/Aqua/Eau, Alcohol Denat. (SD Alcohol 40-B), Glycolic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Salicylic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Soy Isoflavones, Copper PCA, Zinc PCA, Lecithin, Disodium EDTA, Alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate

Step 2: Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium Bicarbonate, Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Retinol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Resveratrol, Ubiquinone, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract , Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Soy Isoflavones, Phospholipids, Copper PCA, Sodium PCA, Zinc PCA, Dimethicone, Lecithin, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, PEG-30 Stearate, Octoxynol-9, Alcohol, BHT, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol

Water, Alcohol Denat., Glycolic Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Salicylic Acid, Phytonadione, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf ExtractChamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Boerhavia Diffusa (Crawling) Root Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Glycerin, Superoxide Dismutase, Ammonium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 20, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Zinc PCA

My Thoughts on Ingredient Listing

Common Acids: Glycolic (both listed as the third ingredient – with exact same preceding ingredients), Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid. Only extra addition on Dr DG side is Malic Acid.

Other Similarities include: Witch Hazel (both listed as the fifth ingredient). Whilst DrDG stops at Camellia and Yarrow, M61 goes on with a whole host of other extracts (Crawling root, lemon, ornage, sugar cane, peppermint, lavender, sugar maple).

What makes DrDG stand apart is their step 2, where they take it a notch up after exfoliating skin in Step1, step 2 intends to nourish, hydrate, plump with Vitamin A, C, E, Resveratrol, Ubiquinone, Camellia, Radish Root, Copper, Zinc and Sodium PCA!!!

Point to Note: both formulations have Alcohol Denat as their second ingredient, this is notoriously known to dry skin and basically proclaimed as big No from the top of Himalayas. But much to my surprise both the formulations have Not dried my skin at all. I’ve read somewhere in some acid heavy formulations, alcohol denat works in balancing and preserving the formulations (avoid bacteria formation). Is there truth in this statement? I don’t know, chemists please come forward to clarify.

 Application/Use

Recommended

Once a day, apply step 1 pad to clean, dry skin, using circular motions.

Continue application until pad feels dry.

Wait two minutes.

Follow with pad in step 2 using the same technique as step 1.

Do not rinse after either step or use products containing alcohol.

Avoid contact with eyes. Make sure to use sunscreen daily to help prevent photo-aging.

Apply peel (a pre-soaked towelette) to clean, dry skin. Gently move over face and neck while avoiding eye area. Do not rinse off.

Recommend starting 3 times a week and building up to every day.

Application/Use

How do I use them?

After cleansing, before hydrating toner or essence or lotion.

I do NOT wash them off my skin. These pads are very well soaked so it goes all the way down to my chest, neck, back of ears, behind my ears and if it still feels damp, on back of my hands.

I always follow with serum and oil/balm/moisturizer.

Cleanse – Acid Peel – Hydrating Tone – Eye Cream – Serum – Oil/Balm/Moisturiser

 

Performance/Results 

Overnight noticeable result with the tone, texture and glow is visible the following morning. I don’t use these every day and reserve them for when my skin needs to revisit to the default, basic, guaranteed result.

With this peel, I can see visible improvement in skin but not at the rate of DrDG peel. I could easily use this every night. They don’t feel as strong on skin. The skin glows and appears healthy.

 

30 Treatments – $88

$2.93 per peel (exfoliation and other actives for prepping skin)

At first glance, DrDG appears dearer in price, however I can justify this peel price as getting step 2 that does far more than merely exfoliating. With its added ingredients, IMO DrDG appears to be a better deal.

30 Treatments – $62

$2.06 per peel (only exfoliation) 

Individuals seeking only exfoliation, I think M61 does a fine job with more fruit extracts and oils. It really drills down to your personal preference and how far do you want to take it with peel pads.

HHW.com

xx

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6 comments

  1. That’s such a good post. Love this comparison posts. I have tried DDG but not m- 61. I might give it a try. Now I just posted a review on a serum that why alch denat in it didn’t work for me but I guess it depends a lot on the formulation and if proper anti-inflammatory ingredients are added then they might work. Thanks for this post.
    Molly xx

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