C-ESTA Eye Repair Concentrate contains a good amount of vitamin C in a serum texture and in packaging that will keep the vitamin C stable. None of the ingredient in this product warrant the attention-getting descriptions Marini applies to it (this product sounds so wonderful you have to ask what all the other C-ESTA products are for) but several of them offer noticeable benefits. The crux is that you don’t have to spend this much money or seek out a special product for the eye area to get those benefits.
Here’s the truth: most eye creams (or “concentrates”) aren't necessary. AlThere is much you can do to improve signs of aging around your eyes. Any product loaded with antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, skin-lightening ingredients, anti-inflammatory ingredients, and effective emollients will work wonders and those ingredients don't have to come from a product labeled as an eye cream.
You can save money and take superior care of your eye area by using your face product if it is well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes!
What about the DMAE Complex mentioned in the claims? It refers to the ingredient listed as dimethyl MEA. Please refer to our Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary for full details on this ingredient. In a nutshell, it’s controversial and in all likelihood cannot work in skin-care products due to formulary issues requiring an alkaline pH for efficacy. If you want to see what a vitamin C product can do for signs of aging, you’ll find better options from SkinCeuticals and MD Skincare by Dr. Dennis Gross.
C-ESTA Eye Repair Concentrate containing DMAE Complex is a medically based breakthrough for rejuvenating and minimizing the thinner wrinkle-prone eye area as well as minimizing the appearance of aging skin. This intensive formula contains higher concentrations of lipid soluble Vitamin C along with CoEnzyme Q10 and other revolutionary topical agents that dramatically reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Water (Aqua), Ascorbyl Palmitate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Hexyl Laurate, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Dimethyl MEA, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polysorbate 20, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Urea, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Butyrosperumum Parkii (Shea Butter), Zinc Sulfate, Pyridoxine HCI, Lecithin, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Beta-Sitosterol, Linoleic Acid, Tocopherol, Sodium Ascorbate, Mannitol, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Metabisulfite, Ubiquinone, Fragrance (Parfum), Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methhylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben
Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc. At-A-Glance
Strengths: Most of the products are fragrance- and colorant-free; excellent AHA and retinol options, including an AHA combined with sunscreen; the water-soluble cleansers.
Weaknesses: Expensive; some categories contain ingredients (growth factors, hormones, and interferon) with unreliable track records or whose long-term risks, if any, remain unknown; sunscreens that lack sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients; jar packaging; Marini Lash isn't as exciting as Marini’s former lash-enhancing products.
Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc., was founded, of course, by Jan Marini, who originally started out marketing products for M.D. Formulations. Thus, it isn't surprising to find that her own line is also aimed at dermatologists, aestheticians, and plastic surgeons, much the way M.D. Formulations is. In direct contrast to many of the other skin-care lines in this niche market, Marini’s line stands out with its selection of far more realistic and varied skin-care products. First, there are no spiraling-out-of-control ingredient lists where everything is thrown in except the kitchen sink. Then, and more important, you will find some well-formulated products that include sunscreens, skin-lightening options, vitamin C products, and good glycolic acid–based alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) products, along with some outstanding retinol options.
It is interesting to observe that Marini attributes the research for her "topical form of lipid (fat) soluble Vitamin C that is stable and able to be absorbed" to the form "developed in conjunction with physician researcher Nicholas Perricone, M.D." Of course, Perricone has his own version of vitamin C products, which are quite similar to Marini's in that they also contain ascorbyl palmitate. That being the case, given that he claims his are the best ever with the highest concentration of the stuff, we wonder if she would now agree with his findings? At least compared to her former partners at M.D. Formulations, Marini's information about vitamin C is more accurately based (it's backed by published research) and there's only a minimal amount of hyperbole. In fact, when it comes to the information Marini and team present to the professionals who retail their products, this line wins high marks for its close-to-accurate information about how skin ages, what can be done to minimize and prevent future signs of aging, and the effects various products have on skin. Of course, you're supposed to believe her products have all the answers, but that's what the reviews below will elucidate.
For more information about Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc., call (888) 695-2611 or visit www.janmarini.com.
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