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Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc.
Transformation Face Cream
Rating
1 fl. oz. for $89
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:04.01.2011
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Overview
The big-deal ingredient in this very expensive fragranced moisturizer is transforming growth factor (TGF beta-1) along with other types of growth factors. The claims for the actions of these ingredients are at best exaggerated, and their effectiveness isn’t established in skin-care products. This also contains some good water-binding agents that help bind moisture and repair skin. Antioxidants are on hand but they and the peptides in this moisturizer won’t remain potent for long due to jar packaging.

All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.

Note: the elastin in this product cannot fuse with or rebuild the elastin in your skin. At best, elastin is a good moisturizing ingredient but it cannot restore or repair damaged elastin.

Although this moisutrizer's price and packaging are significant drawbacks, if you decide to try this it is best for normal to dry skin.
Claims
A powerful anti-aging technology that combines two newly developed Pentapeptides with Thymosin beta-4, Transformation Growth Factor beta-1, and Vascular Growth Factor. Transformation Face Cream utilizes ingredients specifically tailored to signal certain activities, including the rebuilding and repair of damaged cells making it excellent for maintaining and augmenting the appearance of youthful, healthy skin.
Ingredients
Water, Hexyl Laurate, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Yeast Extract, Polysorbate 60, Stearyl Alcohol, Palmitic Acid, Sorbitan Stearate, Elastin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-8, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-11, Recombinant Vegf 165, Recombinant Tgf-Beta 1, Thymosin Beta 4, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Squalane, Dimethicone, Sodium PCA, C12-20 Acid PEG-8 Ester, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-8, Nylon 12, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Diazolidinyl Urea, Fragrance
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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