Factor-A Plus Mask is an intriguing, well-formulated mask for normal to oily skin. The 2% salicylic acid will exfoliate skin thanks to the pH of 3.2, while antioxidants, soothing agents, and cell-communicating ingredients (including retinol) provide benefit. Given the number of bells and whistles in this product, it would be a waste to rinse it after only a few minutes; there is nothing in this fragrance-free product that cannot be left on skin overnight, and that’s what you should do to get the most benefit.
Factor-A Plus Mask brilliantly resurfaces and clarifies skin texture, fades discoloration and evens skin tone, and assists in resolving acne, while helping to minimize the appearance of acne discoloration and scarring. Used once or twice a week, Factor-A Plus Mask dramatically improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage. Facial skin is noticeably brighter, smoother, more refined and luminous.
Active: Salicylic Acid (2%), Other: Deionized Water, Kojic Acid Dipalmitate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Butylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Japanese Green Tea Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Algae Extract, Azelaic Acid, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Lecithin, Retinol, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone, Jojoba Oil, Ubiquinone, Phenoxyethanol, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Methylparaben
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.
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