9 posts tagged "Dr. Dennis Gross"
In the six years since launching her eponymous brand, Wendy Nichol has established herself as the architect par excellence of a very particular style aesthetic—one that could be affectionately described as “rough-around-the-edges witchy bohemian.” What began as a tightly edited jewelry line carried at Barneys quickly grew to include leather goods and ready-to-wear, not to mention two downtown retail addresses. Besides courting many a style-proficient New York woman, Nichol has also graced us with such accessory milestones as the spike-coned hoops; the mix-and-match pyramid studs; the much-loved hand-tooled and tasseled leather bullet bag; and the feather hair extension (the short-lived trend went global, but you could easily argue that Nichol was in the vanguard). The designer herself abides by a decidedly low-maintenance beauty credo—”My favorite salon is my bathroom; I cut my own hair, I cut my family’s hair, and I will cut your hair too if you let me”—but there are a few staples she can’t live without. Read on below.
The Skincare Secret: La Mer
“Every day I wear Crème de la Mer eye cream and face cream because it’s healing and extremely moisturizing. And the wand that comes with the eye cream is super genius.”
Available at www.cremedelamer.com.
The Complexion Correctors: Double Trouble
“I love Biologique Recherche PV 50 Lotion for keeping the pores clean and toned. And Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel by Dr. Dennis Gross is amazing—it’s a quick treatment that I only use once or twice a week but the results are incredible. These two products are equivalent to smooth skin.”
For more information, visit www.biologique-recherche.us and www.dgskincare.com.
The Passport-Not-Required Escape: Martha’s Vineyard
“Last summer I stayed in Martha’s Vineyard on Squibnocket Beach at a beautiful house built in the early 1900s. The private beachfront is located below a cliff and at a point of the land where the Native Americans would overlook the ocean waiting for whales. You have to learn the rhythm of the ocean with its high and low tide. It is by far one of the most enchanting places I have ever been.”
For more information, visit www.marthasvineyard.patch.com.
The Vintage Haunts: North of the Border
“I love to visit my hometown of Toronto to find vintage scores. I go to Kensington market in Chinatown, which has a great vibe, live music, coffee shops—all very gritty but layered with many great vintage shops. Two of my favorite ones are Courage My Love and House of Vintage.”
Courage My Love, 14 Kensington Ave., Toronto, (416) 979-1992; House of Vintage, 1239 Queen St., W. Toronto, (416) 535-2142.
The Local Eateries
“For the best Soho dining room experience I like Omen; always a fabulous crowd, with no attitude. Menu favorites are the Omen noodles and sea bass. Then Frankies on Court Street in Brooklyn, where I live, is my first choice for an amazing Italian meal—I always order the cavatelli, fennel salad, and wine-soaked prunes for desert.”
Omen, 113 Thompson St., NYC, (212) 925-8923; Frankies Spuntino, 457 Court St., Brooklyn, (718) 403-0033.
The Healthy Snacks
“Chobani yogurt from the Chobani store in Soho—olive oil and cucumber is my favorite. And also Juice Press! There are locations near both of my stores so it’s become an addiction. My favorites are the Heaven on Earth smoothie and Love at First Sight green juice.”
For more information, visit www.chobanisoho.com and www.juicepress.com.
We have a longstanding appreciation for products with multiple purposes. Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap, those tins of do-it-all emollient salves that soothe dry knees and elbows, nourish cuticles, heal calluses, and tame flyaways—we like them all. So we were keen to check out Dr. Dennis Gross’ latest entrée into the multi-hyphenate category, which serves as a quick and easy way to get a gorgeous sun-kissed tint without the UV rays—and so much more! Each of Gross’ new Alpha Beta Pads packs capsilow, a patented substance that slows the regrowth of hair; caffeine for a slimming effect; willow bark extract and glycolic and lactic acids to exfoliate, boost cell renewal, and address the signs of aging; pore-reducing vitamin B; and a heavy dose of active vitamin D to relieve dry skin and boost natural radiance. Did you get that? They exfoliate while they bronze, simultaneously perfecting the surface area of winter-worn limbs. Even though we are not avid self-tanners (it’s rare that we pick up any product that will render our skin a color other than its natural, nearly bio-luminescent white state), this is a triple-threat summer skin saver that we can 100 percent get behind.
Vitamin D, and specifically how we’re not getting nearly enough of it (a recent study found three out of four people are deficient), has been a hot topic in the media for the past few years, as a true depletion of the nutrient can spell trouble for most everything in your body, including your bones, heart, immune system, and, of course, your skin. Dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross noticed that as his patients were becoming more cautious about sun exposure, slathering on plenty of high-level SPF before they ever hit the street, they were simultaneously experiencing plummeting vitamin D levels, which makes sense: The majority of natural vitamin D is attained through sunlight. Bearing this predicament in mind, Dr. Gross set about creating a product that would replenish vitamin D levels trans-dermally. His new Active Vitamin D Serum-Oil is the first of its kind on the market in that it’s a topical product that offers sufficient amounts of active vitamin D. Used regularly, the dense oil can help address hyperpigmentation and fine lines while encouraging collagen production and giving your skin a serious boost of hydration and elasticity. Does it feel quite as good as soaking up warm, happiness-inducing rays of actual sun? Not quite. But we will contest that having a more radiant complexion does manage to lift our spirits.
Summer is making an impressive showing in New York today. The sunshine and 80-degree temperatures are making us wish that a) we left our cropped denim jacket behind this morning (one less thing to carry home, you know), and b) we remembered to apply our SPF this morning. Luckily, the jacket isn’t that bulky and MD Skincare’s new Daily Sunscreen Towelettes have just arrived on our desk. We typically rely on a moisturizer with SPF 15 year round, but we always feel the need to step up the sunblock factor around June, to try to keep the inevitable freckling from getting too out of control. Dr. Dennis Gross’ new individually packaged towelettes boast broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection, vitamin C and green tea for ozone protection, and antioxidants to prevent premature aging, but their real selling point is their easy on-the-go, single-application size and the fact that you can gently pat them on at any point in the day to avoid messing up your makeup. We recommend throwing a few in your purse, just in case summer decides to stop teasing us and stick around for a while.
We usually wait to post information about in-store appearances by industry experts until the day before they’re scheduled, but we felt compelled to publicize this tidbit early to make sure you, dear readers, have time to actually schedule an appointment. Next week, on Wednesday, January 21, from 4 to 7 p.m., famed New York dermatologist (and Beauty Counter contributor) Dr. Dennis Gross will be giving complimentary skin consultations and offering free facials with his MD Skincare product line to boot. All you have to do is call (212) 872-2795 to book a time slot and then show up on the Beauty level at Bergdorf Goodman. We’ll see you down there, most likely in a hooded parka with a smile on our face that says, “I just saved myself a trip to the dermatologist and a cool couple hundred dollars in cash.”