03.25.2013
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Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc.
Antioxidant Body Block SPF 30, Waterproof
Rating
4 fl. oz. for $28
Category:Skin Care > Sunscreens (including Kids) > Water-Resistant Sunscreen
Last Updated:03.25.2013
Jar Packaging:False
pH:
Tested on animals:No
Overview
This water-resistant, slightly tinted sunscreen provides broad-spectrum sun protection and includes avobenzone for reliable UVA protection. The amount of avobenzone is lower than what’s typically seen in sunscreens rated SPF 30, so you may want to consider less expensive options that up the avobenzone for more robust UVA protection.

Despite claims making this sound like the be-all, end-all sunscreen, its formula is surprisingly basic. For example, not a single antioxidants was included even though research has shown that adding antioxidants to sunscreens boosts their efficacy and helps further protect your skin. This is an OK option for normal to dry skin, but Neutrogena, Coppertone, and even Banana Boat offer better formulas for a lot less money.
Claims
A waterproof, full-spectrum sunscreen incorporating the most advanced sunblocking substances with a waterproofing agent that ensures continuous coverage. This oil-free, matte finish formula conditions body skin and increases the skin's moisture content with exceptional hydrating benefits. Consistent daily use aids in preventing skin aging associated with cumulative sun exposure.
Ingredients
Active: Octinoxate (7.5%), Oxybenzone (6%), Octisalate (5%), Avobenzone (1%), Other: Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butylene Glycol, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Carbomer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Triethanolamine, Sorbitan Oleate, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Diazolidinyl Urea, Caramel, Yellow 5
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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