Marini has created a clay mask that goes above and beyond a standard clay mask but, as you’ll see, is not without its peccadilloes. It not only absorbs excess oil, but also provides slight exfoliation thanks to its glycolic acid content and the borderline pH of 4.1 that enables it to be effective. The mask is also loaded with helpful ingredients, including potent antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients. Ideally, you want those ingredients in leave-on products rather than in masks, which you rinse off. However, every little bit helps so long as your skin-care routine includes the aforementioned ingredients in products meant to stay on skin. This mask is an acceptable addition, assuming the price doesn’t make you gasp! This product would be rated better if it did not contain arnica and pellitory extracts, neither of which is helpful for skin, and if it weren’t packaged in a jar, which won’t keep the antioxidants stable during use. But really, $90 for a mask in any economy, that is just foolish!
Age Intervention Regeneration Mask is a remarkable concept in anti-aging and skin regeneration that benefits any skin type. The mask incorporates glycolic acid for resurfacing with a host of powerful anti-aging technologies including resveratrol, other antioxidants and powerful anti-aging peptides. By using a unique dual-action delivery system, we can saturate the skin with a high concentration of topicals and provide a more luminous skin texture. This intense and immediate targeted penetration enables the skin to absorb and retain far higher levels of skin regenerating technologies at the same time that resurfacing is taking place, providing an immediate improvement in skin texture and appearance.
Water (Aqua), Kaolin, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Glycolate, Pichia/Resveratrol Ferment Extract, Algae Extract, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Carbomer, Stearic Acid, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Sodium Hyaluronate, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-8, Myristoyl Tetrapeptide-12, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-11, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos/Red Tea) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ceramides-2, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Anacylus Pyrethrum Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ubiquinone (CoEnzyme Q10), Stearyl Alcohol, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Tocopherol, Glyceryl Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Polysorbate 20, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthan Gum, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben
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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