03.15.2011
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C-ESTA Serum, Oil Control
1 fl. oz. for $90
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Last Updated:03.15.2011
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No

C-ESTA Serum, Oil Control lacks any absorbent ingredients needed to control excess surface oil. It also can’t regulate oil production, something that is not possible with a topical product, but there are cosmetic ingredients that can help absorb excess surface oil.

Otherwise, this serum has the same pros and cons as the regular C-Esta Serum: a good amount of vitamin C (ascorbyl palmitate) joined by some lightweight hydrating agents, the controversial ingredient dimethyl MEA, and enough fragrance ingredients to be cause for concern.

The fragrance ingredients can contribute to irritation that hurts skin's healing process and ability to produce healthy collagen. Please refer to the Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary from the Home page of this site for details on dimethyl MEA. Suffice to say, it isn't the anti-aging ingredient to beat and in all likelihood is not effective as claimed in skin-care products.

Paula's Choice, SkinCeuticals, and MD Skincare by Dr. Dennis Gross offer better vitamin C serums, particularly because they omit the problematic ingredients Marini chose.

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Claims

All the extraordinary anti-aging benefits of our regular C-ESTA Serum with remarkable oil-control properties. C-ESTA Serum Oil Control achieves glowing refined luminosity while significantly inhibiting oil breakthrough. It also creates conditions in the skin that enable dramatic rejuvenation benefits.

Ingredients

Water, Butylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, Acrylates Copolymer, Dimethyl MEA, Fragrance, Tyrosine, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Farnesol, Linalool, Carbomer, Nylon-12, Zinc Sulphate, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Metabisulfite, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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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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.