Transformation Eye Cream is an emollient moisturizer that contains a range of anti-aging ingredients along with a small amount of glycolic acid and various growth factors (discussed below). The amount of glycolic acid and pH of this eye cream mean it cannot function as an exfoliant, and jar packaging diminishes the potency of anti-aging ingredients, which is very disappointing.
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.
As for the growth factors, the claims for the actions of these ingredients are at best exaggerated, and their effectiveness is not established in skin-care products. What consumers need to keep in mind is that growth factors do not work alone. Inside the body, they rely on a symphony of reactions in order to work in a highly orchestrated manner. There are simply too many "factors" missing to make topical application of growth factors work.
Lastly, we know it’s hard to believe, but most eye creams really 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.
There is much you can do to improve signs of aging around your eyes. Any product loaded with antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, skin-lightening ingredients, anti-inflammatory ingredients, and effective emollients will work wonders and those ingredients don't have to come from a product labeled as an eye cream.
You would be shocked how many eye creams lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye creams don't contain sunscreen. During the day that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage and this absolutely will make dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles worse!
Whatever product you put around your eye area, regardless of what it is labeled, must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes! That may mean you need an eye cream, but you may also do just as well applying your regular facial moisturizer around your eyes.
Transformation Eye Cream anti-aging technology leaves the skin noticeably smoother and retextured. Utilizes ingredients specifically tailored to signal certain activities, including the rebuilding and repair of damaged cells, to maintain and augment the appearance of youthful, healthy skin. Suitable for any skin type and benefits the thinner, more age-prone eye area to dramatically lessen the visible signs of aging.
Water, C12-C15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Sorbitol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, C12-20 Acid PEG-8 Ester, Sorbitan Stearate, Safflower Oil, Elastin, Glycerin, Yeast Extract, Nylon-12, Beta-Carotene, Glycolic Acid, Sugar Cane Extract, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-8, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-11, Matricaria Flower Extract, Kukui Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Lecithin, Retinyl Palmitate, Carrot Root, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, rh-VEGF-165, rh-TGF-Beta1, Thymosin Beta 4, Ammonium Hydroxide, Peg-8, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Imidazolidinyl Urea
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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