The Best Eye Serum for Smudge-free Makeup: Dr. Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum

Dr. Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum

If you have oily/combination skin, live in a tropical climate or are searching for the most powerful eye moisturizer that won’t smear your make-up in hot summer months, the Dr. Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum is the answer to your prayers. Hydrating like deep moisturizers, correcting like a powerful serum, all without the typically smudging effects of other eye creams that make a raccoon of even the lightest eye makeup. Dr. Gross’ Ferulic + Retinol Eye Serum is bar none the best eye serum for smudge-free makeup, summertime or tropical zones.

I’ve made no secret about the fact that I’m as ardent a fan of Dr. Gross as they come, falling in love from the first product of the line I used (Alpha Beta Peel) and since then have not gone a day without at least one (usually more) of their skincare. First off, in this day and age, it should be a given (though it’s not) that skincare brands be Cruelty-free, Vegan and Paraben-free. For those of us animal lovers and those concerned about potentially cancerous skincare products, these are critical components we look for.

The Target

What does Dr. Gross Ferulic + Retinol Eye Serum promise to achieve? This eye serum targets fine lines and wrinkles, help increase the plumpness and firmness around the eyes, dark circles and any rough texture in that delicate eye area.

Key Ingredients

Licorice root extract– targets brightening of the dark circles and its anti-inflammatory properties help to de-puff tired eyes.

Caffeine provides instant firming and brightness.

Ferulic Acid- this plant-based antioxidant intensifies the properties of other vitamins, significantly helping in defending against sun damage while increasing hydration from retinol.

Retinol– functions as a smoother of wrinkles and lines.

Uva Ursi Leaf Extract– typically used in medications to treat Urinary Tract Infections, this potent plant-based extract has anti-inflammatory properties that excel at depuffing tired or bloated skin.

Morus Nigra Fruit Extract– also known as Black Mulberry extract, this ingredient serves as a moisturizer.

Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract- this ingredient has been used in medicine in ancient Asia and Middle East traced back to over 6000 years ago. In modern medicine, limited trials have shown its potential as an anti-cancer and anti-pain ingredients due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

Salicylic and Glycolic Acids- well known ingredients that behave as gentle but effective exfoliators.

The Results
The first few days I used this eye serum, I was undecided as to how I felt about it since there were no immediate results other than the fact that the light eye-makeup I wear for everyday work stayed intact. That was a huge plus that I had not encountered with other eye moisturizers or creams. Because of this serum’s light, liquid texture I erroneously felt like it wasn’t hydrating my eye area powerfully.

It was really after a straight three to four weeks of daily morning use that I noticed a few key things. Once I reached my mid-30’s, I noticed that sometimes under my eyes, I got these tiny white bumps noticeable only to those of us who scrutinize our own skin with ultra magnifying mirrors. I asked my dermatologist what they were and apparently they’re called milia. Milia are harmless cysts that occur when keratin gets trapped beneath the skin’s surface, most often occurring in newborn babies but can and do happen to people of all ages.

Other than their aesthetic annoyance, they’re harmless little blips in the general scheme of life. For someone who is skincare OCD like me though, I get annoyed when there’s any “blip” on my skin. If you go to dermatologists or facialists, they can remove these very easily with cauterization or liquid nitrogen. It’s a split second pain like an ant bite which results in the milia becoming dark brown for a couple of days, then the dead skin basically peels off on its own in your everyday activity. Afterward, you’re left with new, smooth skin that is temporarily pink (ish) for a few weeks until the color normalizes.

One of the best aspects of Dr. Gross’ Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum is that it naturally dealt with my few milia with zero pain and zero discoloration. One morning I was inspecting my skin closely and was surprised to find no milia anywhere under either eye. Further, no wrinkles (which I don’t have yet), no fine lines (which occasionally appear when I’m super stressed or didn’t sleep enough), and no dark circles (which I rarely get).

Overall, the Ferulic + Retinol line from Dr. Gross does a fantastic job of steadily and measurably correcting a host of issues and just as importantly, these products are outstanding at maintaining the best skin of your life.

The Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum retails at US $68 for a small pump bottle that lasts about 4 months with daily use. For anyone who cares about highlighting beautiful eyes with hydrated, wrinkle-free, milia-free and puff-free skin, this eye serum is a must-have, especially during hot weather months.