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Age Intervention Retinol Plus
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1 fl. oz. for $70
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizers/Anti-Aging
Last Updated:11.26.2014
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Age Intervention Retinol Plus is among the better moisturizers with retinol. The somewhat creamy lotion formula is best for normal to dry skin and we're pleased to state that the opaque pump bottle packaging will work beautifully to keep the retinol stable during use!

What makes this such a good option is that it's not just a one-note product. Retinol is included, yes, but so are antioxidants, non-fragrant safflower oil (a good source of repairing fatty acids for skin), and some peptides, each of which has theoretical cell-communicating ability. Because the formula is fragrance-free, it's suitable for sensitive skin, too, assuming you know that your skin can tolerate retinol.

Price-wise, this can be considered expensive because you can find other moisturizers with retinol for less money. However, many of those have formulas that aren't as state-of-the-art as what Marini devised, so it's definitely worth strong consideration.

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free formula.
  • Takes good care of dry skin.
  • Contains several anti-aging ingredients, including retinol.
  • Packaged to keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use.
Cons:
  • None (though some may argue this is expensive).
Claims

Age Intervention Retinol Plus delivers the dramatic anti-aging benefits of typical retinoids while integrating soothing and hydrating ingredients for a superior experience with minimal acclimation and little to no irritation.

Ingredients

Water/Aqua/Eau, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, Polysorbate 20, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Polysorbate 60, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Retinol, Myristoyl Tripeptide-4, Sorbitol, Bisabolol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Chrysin, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Steareth-20, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, BHT, 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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10.14.2014
Strange reactions

After having used Refissa every night for over 5 years, last time I asked for a prescription refill my doctor recommended this product (which she happens to sell). For me it's not nearly as moisturizing as Refissa, and it burned the skin around my eyes. I had always put Refissa around my eyes without any problems. In my case, apparently tolerance to tretinoin does not equal tolerance to retinol...so be careful, just in case!

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Scarlett A.
08.01.2014
Great retinol crème helping sensitive skin

this is a lightweight cream which is great for the night and gives a glow to the skin. It helps having an even complexion minorizing redness and sensitiveness just after 2 times.

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