Housed in a sleek jar are 60 individually sealed capsules filled with a silicone-based serum. As far as dark circles are concerned, this product isn’t going to give you the results you’ve been hoping for from the dozens of other eye creams you’ve tried. In reality (as opposed to the fantasy world of the cosmetics industry), dark circles cannot be treated, not even with the best topical ingredients.
The fragrance-free serum inside these capsules contains antioxidants, cell-communicating peptides, and retinol, all of which are helpful for signs of aging anywhere on the face, but none of which can change dark circles in any special way. The higher rating for this serum is for its value in making skin of all types better able to defend itself against signs of aging.
Most eye creams aren't necessary. That's either because they are poorly formulated, contain nothing special for the eye area, or come in packaging that won't keep key ingredients stable. Just because the product is labeled as an eye cream doesn't mean it's good for your eye area; in fact, many can actually make matters worse.Bottom line: If a “face” product is well formulated for dry skin and fighting wrinkles, you can use it anywhere on the face, and beyond. That includes the eye area, neck, jaw, or chest. What you get when you buy an eye serum is a small amount of product (often half the size of a face product) that is twice as expensive.
Age Intervention Dark Circle Eye Defense is a new generation of dark circle products and is an advancement from older Vitamin K products. It works to reduce the appearance of under eye circles and wrinkles through technologies directly targeted toward each of the primary causes.
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethiconol, Methyl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Retinol, Glycerin, Chrysin, BHT, Steareth-20, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorhexidine
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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