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Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc.
Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant, SPF 30, Waterproof
Rating
2 fl. oz. for $48
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:03.25.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Overview

Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant, SPF 30, has been reformulated and now includes avobenzone for UVA protection. The amount of avobenzone (1%) is disappointing for a sunscreen rated SPF 30, but at least this is an improvement over the previous version, which left skin vulnerable to UVA damage. In terms of antioxidants, this product still comes up short; however, it contains some excellent water-binding agents and is an option for normal to slightly dry skin.

Claims

Provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection to decrease the risk of premature skin aging. A sunscreen you'll love to wear -- this invisible, hydrating and weightless sunscreen feels amazing and smells great for the ultimate in daily wearability. This fast-absorbing, cosmetically elegant formula features microscopic sponges for additional oil control making it the perfect sunscreen for wearing under makeup. Enhanced by the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and skin rejuvenating benefits of phytomelanin and beta glucan 1,3 to help prevent and reverse damage caused by sun exposure. .

Ingredients

Active: Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (5%), Benzophenone-3 (6%), Avobenzone (1%), Other: Deionized Water, C12-15 Alcohol Benzoate, Butylene Glycol, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Cyclomethicone, Acrylates Copolymer, Nayad S, Hyaluronic Acid, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sorbitan Oleate, Phenoxyethanol, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Diazolidinyl Urea, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA

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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