If you've wondered which cleanser you can use after a laser resurfacing treatment, chemical peel or microdermabrasion, Jan Marini claims their Age Intervention Gentle Cleanser is the formula for you. The truth is that in most instances any gentle, properly formulated, water-soluble cleanser is an option after a peel, laser resurfacing treatment or microdermabrasion—if the cleanser is free of irritants like fragrances, abrasive scrubs or colorants.
This cleanser comes close to fitting the bill except it contains fragrance from citrus extract as well as fragrance itself. There isn't an excess of either in this formula, but those with very sensitive skin may want to consider alternatives (and there are plenty, from the drugstore to the cosmetics counter). See the More Info section for details on why fragrance isn't the best choice for skin.
Other than this fragrant caveat, Age Intervention Gentle Cleanser is simple, lotion-based and water-soluble cleanser for dry to very dry skin not prone to breakouts. The cleansing ingredients used are of the mild variety, and it is loaded with emollient and thickening agents that will leave skin feeling moisturized. The antioxidants included (chamomile, grapeseed) are rinsed away before they can have any anti-aging effect on skin.
This is an expensive cleanser for such a small amount of product and simple formula. True, some may argue that "simple is best" for sensitive skin, but there are many basic cleansers available for much less that don't include the potential irritants like this formula from Jan Marini does.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (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 Gentle Cleanser is a mild cleanser for post-procedural or sensitive skin, including the eye area. This gentle cleanser will not dry out the skin and is great as an adjunct cleanser for frequent washing (post gym, etc.). The non-foaming cream is also an effective eye makeup remover.
Water/Aqua/Eau, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Methyl Gluceth-20, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Tea) Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum).
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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