Age Intervention Prime Face Primer
1 fl. oz. for $75
Last Updated:03.16.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Although the claims for this primer are over the top, it is, without question, one of the most intriguing options available. The price is steep, but if you're going to over-spend on a face primer, it should be for one like this that's loaded with beneficial ingredients. You get the skin-smoothing, fine line-filling ability of standard silicone-enriched primers, but this one goes a lot further. Skin is treated to an impressive blend of cell-communicating peptides, antioxidants, and skin-identical ingredient sodium hyaluronate. The inclusion of dill extract is one we've seen in more anti-aging products due to its connection to skin's elastin fibers.

There is one study indicating that on human skin samples and on “dermal equivalents” (which is not the same as intact human skin), dill extract has a strong promotional effect on elastogenesis. Elastogenesis is a fancy way of saying it helps make elastin. The study demonstrated that dill stimulates key enzymes in fake skin that trigger elastin production, although no mention was made of dill being able to repair damaged elastin (which would be truly exciting). We also don’t know if dill absorbs into real skin to have a similar impact. Instead, all we know is that dill seems to have this effect on isolated skin cells responsible for elastin production. (Sources: www.naturaldatabase.com; and Experimental Dermatology, August 2006, pages 574–581). It's interestnig research but doesn't translate to a face-lift in a bottle, nor will sagging skin be lifted into the picture of youth. Still, as mentioned above, this is an excellent primer to consider because it goes so far beyond what standard primers do. It is fragrance-free and suitable for all skin types.


Age Intervention Prime combines advanced anti-aging and antioxidant technologies with a light-weight primer. This combination delivers an immediate "airbrushed" effect with long-term skin rejuvenation results. This innovative and proprietary formula delivers topical agents that target elasticity, skin volume, inflammation, and wrinkles for extraordinary results.Skin looks and feels younger from the first application and results are progressively more noticeable with continued use. Even without foundation, skin looks polished and beautifully reflective while the appearance of pores and textural imperfections are instantly minimized.


Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Water, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Butylene Glycol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Ubiquinone, Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Vegetable Oil, Polysorbate 20, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol , Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.

Brand Overview

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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Not a great primer for me

I bought this based on Paula's very strong review but it didn't work for me at all. Regardless of how much/little I applied, the product "pilled" as soon as I tried to apply foundation over it. Maybe it works well on its own but as a pre-foundation product, it failed completely.

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