Antioxidant Recover-E is an ordinary moisturizer that contains a blend of plant oils and some antioxidants, and it would be an option (albeit an unexciting one) for normal to dry skin, except it is handicapped by its use of jar packaging and use of potentially irritating ingredients. Once you open up that jar, the few beneficial antioxidants in this formula won't remain stable for long—see the More Info section for additional facts on the trouble with jar packaging.
Recover-E contains arnica and pellitory (Anacylcus pyrethrum) extracts, two plant-based ingredients that are irritating. While pellitory extract is never a good idea in skin care, arnica does have some benefit in short-term treatment of bruises. However, used over the long-term, as in daily application of a moisturizer like this, arnica can be more harmful than helpful.
For the price and standard ingredient list (which can be bested by a quick trip to the skin-care aisle of any drugstore), we recommend passing on the Antioxidant Recover-E in lieu of the many alternatives listed on our Best Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) page.
The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients. (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818-829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271-288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314-321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197-203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1-32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
Antioxidant Recover-E is a luxurious moisturizer ideal for particularly dry climates and dry skin. This effective hydrator contains three potent and proven antioxidant ingredients: Vitamin E, Vitamin C and beta carotene to neutralize free radicals.
Water/Aqua/Eau, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Hexyl Laurate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Anacylcus Pyrethrum Root Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Propylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Stearic Acid, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Beta-Carotene, Sorbitan Stearate, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Wheat Germamidopropyldimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Diazolidinyl Urea, Propylparaben, 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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