Skin Talk: Toni Lind of Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare

We spoke with the certified #peeladdict Toni Lind, the National Director of Retail Sales at Dr. Dennis Gross. The licensed aesthetician and professional skincare-lover reveals her desert-island regimen and the moment that sparked her 15-year Alpha Beta Peel addiction.

How did you discover our brand?

I was introduced to the brand when I was an Advanced Skincare Counter Manager at Nordstrom in downtown Seattle. I instantly fell in love with the brand as it made a huge and positive impact on my own skin, but more importantly it did the same for my customers. As an esthetician, I grew to have immense respect for the brand because every product claim was backed up by proven ingredients and every formula delivered on the results promised. It quickly began my go-to recommendation because I could trust that it would deliver the results my customers were looking for.

What was the biggest change you’ve seen in your skin?

I suffered from severe acne, scarring, and skin issues growing up. It was awful and was ultimately why I decided to study skin care and go on to get my aesthetics license. I had tried every mass market, retail, prestige, and professional skin care line out there. I had gone through torturous trials of prescription medication too, and nothing cleared up my skin, treated existing breakout, eliminated scarring, or normalized my skin like Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare did.

The peels are a game changer, but the whole line has worked magic on my skin…most recently someone called me out for ‘not having acne’ any more. This was a prideful moment for me since absolutely do still have acne-prone skin! I work hard at keeping my skin clear. I just happen to have an excellent maintenance program with my Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare regimen that helps me keep it in check and keeps my skin clear and healthy.

Would you call yourself a peel addict? What’s your flavor of choice and why?

1000% peel addict! I have used the peels every single morning since 2002. I would call my 15-year love affair with the peels a full-blown addiction. I don’t start my day without brushing my teeth, and I feel the exact same way about the peels!

Do you have any insider tips when it comes to your skincare regimen?

So many! The biggest tip I have is to listen to your skin. It is a living, breathing organ and has needs that can change daily, so I choose my daily regimen based on what my skin is needing in the moment. Feeling dry? I layer in more moisture. Breakouts? I keep it simple (less is more) and double down on Acne One Step Eliminating Pad. Pigmentation? I step up my Ferulic + Retinol game.

Another tip…after applying Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum or C + Collagen Eye Cream to my eyes I apply anything left over to my lips. Lips need anti-aging too!

When was your ‘AHA’ moment using DG?

In 2002. The peels came in two jars back then, had green/orange packaging, and came in one universal formula. My aha moment came the very first time I used the Alpha Beta® peels for 7 consecutive days. The positive change in my skin texture, clarity, pores, and radiance was jaw-dropping, so much so that other people noticed! I was forever hooked. 15 years later and I’ve never gone one-day without. If you haven’t tried it for 7 days straight in a row you are missing out! Do it… once a day for 7 days and you will never go without again. #lifechanging

Do you have a ‘can’t live without product’?

For sure the Alpha Beta® peels, that is a given. However, my ‘can’t live without product’ is the One Step Acne Eliminating Pad. It is what I consider our secret weapon. I peel in AM and One Step Acne Eliminating Pad in PM. The two combined are hands down the very best way to treat acne, congestion, and scarring. The One Step Acne Eliminating Pad is better than any prescription acne treatment out there. It just works, and does so without causing the redness, flakiness, and irritation that a lot of acne treatments do. It’s what I consider the gold-standard in treating problematic skin. Without question, there is nothing better on the market today.

Describe your feelings on DG skincare in 5 words.

  1. Excellence. There is nothing better.
  2. Effective. Seeing a positive change in your skin is guaranteed.
  3. Affordable. Value for what you get in each formula is unbeatable. 
  4. Credible. This is a reputable brand with products you can trust.
  5. Clinical. A brand born out of and used with patients at one of the country’s premier dermatology clinics.
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