What a pity! Jan Marini's Age Intervention Face Cream is an excellent array of extra-rich moisturizing ingredients, antioxidants and a nice variety of non-fragrant plant oils. Unfortunately, it has some serious drawbacks that make this a product to avoid.
First, jar packaging will ensure its beneficial antioxidants won't remain stable for long, and the constant introduction of bacteria by dipping your fingers into the cream (even if you wash your hands before each use) presents a hygiene problem.
Age Intervention Face Cream also contains a mix of interferon, estradiol and the hormone progesterone. While estradiol and progesterone have demonstrated some benefit in terms of firming skin when applied topically, you shouldn't apply them casually without the supervision of a physician. As Marini doesn't indicate the percentages used of each, you have no way of knowing your level of exposure and the possible health risks this can produce over the long term. Topically-applied hormones aren't something to take lightly—it should be done under the supervision of a physician, not at esthetician.
Interferon is used in the treatment of various pathogens (produced naturally as well as via synthesized for medical use). When it's synthesized for medical use, it is prescription-only and used under the care of a physician—which is what you don't have when interferon is in your moisturizer. Odder still, interferon has no anti-aging/anti-wrinkle benefit for skin.
When you consider the cost of this product, its jar packaging, and its casual use of ingredients like estradiol, progesterone and interferon, there is no reason at all to consider Age Intervention Face Cream when there are so many better choices available. To see our top recommendations, check our list of Best Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime).
Why Irritation Is a Problem: Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For these reasons, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
Age Intervention Face Cream combines a number of ingredients that specifically targets changes in the appearance of aging skin from cumulative sun exposure. Age Intervention Face Cream will assist in revitalizing and restoring the appearance of youthful suppleness and elasticity.
Water/Aqua/Eau, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Dimethyl Sulfone, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Algae Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Lupinus Albus Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil Unsaponifiables, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Spirulina Maxima Extract, Plankton Extract, Tocopherol, Sodium Ascorbate, Mannitol, Ubiquinone, Estradiol, Progesterone, Pregnenolone Acetate, Tyrosine, Interferon Alpha 2, Lecithin, Dipalmitolyl Hydroxyproline, Beta-Sitosterol, Linoleic Acid, Tocophersolan, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Glycolipids, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, 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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