Bioglycolic Lightening Gel (Discontinued)

by Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc.   Bioglycolic Line
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$41 - 2 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Lighteners Without Hydroquinone
Last Updated:
3/25/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
pH:
3.20
Tested On Animals:
No
Bioglycolic Lightening Gel contains a potentially effective amount of AHAs at a pH of 3.2 to permit exfoliation. The skin-lightening agent is kojic acid, but it is not preferred to other options, such as hydroquinone or stabilized vitamin C. If anything, kojic acid has research pointing to stability issues in skin-care products (Sources: Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters, June 2004, pages 2843–2846; and Journal of Cosmetic Science, March-April 2004, pages 139–148). This is still an option as an AHA product for normal to oily skin.
Representative of the latest cutting edge technology designed to address skin discoloration and unevenness. Combines the benefits of glycolic acid with newly researched kojic acid resulting in a formula that surpasses anything available to date.
Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Polysilicone, Octylhydroxystearate, Deionized Water, Glycolic Acid, Ammonium Glycolate, Kojic Acid, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polyacrylamide, C13-C14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Metabisulfite, Lavindin

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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