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Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc.

Daily Body Protectant SPF 34

4.00 fl. oz. for $ 28.00
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Daily Body Protectant SPF 34 is an overall disappointing formula that doesn't outperform (or match) the dozens of better daytime moisturizer with sunscreen options from other brands, including many available at the drugstore at a fraction of the cost.

While this is a water-resistant formula, its primary flaws are its lack of antioxidants for additional environmental defense. As a daytime moisturizer, it should include more than an average sunscreen, especially at this price. Regarding the fragrance, although the amount likely poses minimal risk of causing irritation, because the sunscreen actives here can be sensitizing on their own, omitting fragrance is a better approach for everyone's skin.

Bottom line: This is an average water-resistant sunscreen formula, but a quick trip to Target or the department store will yield dozens of better alternatives.

Pros:
  • Provides broad-spectrum, water resistant sun protection.
Cons:
  • Expensive; there are better options for less money.
  • Contains fragrance.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Antioxidant Body Block is a highly water resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen incorporating the most advanced sun protection substances for continuous UVA and UVB protection. This oil-free, matte finish formula protects conditions and hydrates the skin for a flawless complexion, year-round. Consistent daily use aids in preventing skin aging associated with cumulative sun exposure.

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate-7.5%, Oxybenzone-6%, Octisalate-5%, Avobenzone-1% Inactive Ingredients: Water (Aqua), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butylene Glycol, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Carbomer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Triethanolamine, Sorbitan Oleate, Fragrance (Parfum), Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Diazolidinyl Urea, Caramel, Yellow 5 (CI19140).

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 Marinis 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, Marinis 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 acidbased 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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