Meet the brains behind one of the world's leading skincare brands.
With over 25 years experience Dr. Dennis Gross is famed throughout the world for his knowledge and skills within the skincare and beauty industry.
Dr. Gross, a New York City–based board-certified dermatologist and skin-cancer researcher, created one of the first at-home peel products based on his in-office peels, and the rest is history. Since then, Dr. Gross and his cofounder and wife, Carrie, have built a range of medical-grade products and tools that are just as beloved as the O.G. peel. So it's no surprise Dr. Dennis Gross constantly pops up in every celeb skin-care routine and best-seller list you come across.
We sat down with Dr. Gross to ask him ten.
I am really moved by the interactions I have with consumers. Skin is a deeply personal thing and can really effect your self-confidence...
1. Favorite slip® product?
My favorite product would have to be the pillowcases. My wife Carrie brought them home one day – the texture is really nice and almost has a cooling sensation.
2. What’s your secret to finding balance, if at all?
It can be challenging – especially when you have a family of six with each of us running in opposite directions. Family dinners are a big thing in our household. Sunday evenings are reserved for family time, home cooked meals – with one rule: work conversations are off limits. It is much more difficult now that some of the kids are in college and out of state, but we make an effort to carve out time to connect as a family as best as we can.
3. Biggest pinch me moment in life so far?
I am really moved by the interactions I have with consumers. Skin is a deeply personal thing and can really effect your self-confidence. I will never forget one moment when I was visiting Mecca in Australia, I met with one client who told me that her acne was debilitating – she had been bullied in her teenage years and was still suffering from acne as an adult. She told me that she started using my products and it not only cleared her skin but also boosted her self-confidence. She told me that she was finally able to shed the negative comments from her teens and felt great about herself. It seems like such a small thing, but being able to make a difference feels really great.
4. Who is Dr Gross at home?
At home, you can find me reading on the couch with our dogs – if it is in the evening, I usually have a glass of sake in hand. At home, I am relaxed and enjoy time to rejuvenate whether it is by getting a quick workout in or playing the drums.
5. What do you want to be remembered for?
I want to remembered for being a great husband, father, friend and trusted dermatologist. Of course, I would love for my products to continue to positively impact lives.
6. Life without Dr Gross skincare - where would you be, what would you be doing? What's your sliding doors career?
This is hard to imagine. I love creating and inventing – I would probably find some new innovation outside of dermatology. I love educating and mentoring too so there is a possibility that I could have wound up as a professor.
7. One beauty product you can't live without?
The Alpha Beta Daily Peels, hands down. They are a staple in my every day skincare routine.
8. Favorite local restaurant in your hometown?
There is a low key sushi restaurant with the freshest fish and great rolls. I go there with my fellow sushi lovers and have the best time. I usually go on the weekend so I can order the sake as I wish.
9. What is your morning ritual?
I wake up early and start a pot of coffee. I of course do my morning skincare routine – cleanse, peel, vitamin C serum, moisturizer and sunscreen. I am not a big breakfast person so will usually grab something to eat for an early lunch at the office. I’ll connect with Carrie about what our schedule is for the day and then I am off to the practice. I live close, so I walk to work. I really enjoy walking – I find it to be meditative. And in New York City, there is never a lack of people watching.
10. What is something you are looking forward to?
I am really excited for a new launch we have coming up in the fall. I can’t give away too much… but I can say that vitamin C is my favorite ingredient which is why I am so excited for this launch.