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Transformation Face Serum
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1 fl. oz. for $89
Category:Skin Care > Serums > Serums
Last Updated:04.16.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Transformation Face Serum has a lightweight texture that supplies skin with some good water-binding agents along with several growth factors, discussed below. Beyond the high price, its main problem is the inclusion of several irritating plant extracts, including comfrey (Symphytum officinale), arnica, ivy, and pellitory (Parietaria officinalis). All of these impair skin’s healing process and can damage healthy collagen production.

The growth factors in this serum cannot work as claimed, and there isn’t any substantiated research supporting their use in skin-care products. According to the textbook Cosmetic Dermatology, 2nd Edition, 2009, by Leslie Baumann, MD “whether growth factors contained in cosmeceuticals are stable, can be absorbed adequately, or exert a functionally significant outcome to induce dermal remodeling is unclear since well-documented clinical studies are lacking.” In all likelihood, topically applied growth factors have little to no effect on skin, especially when you consider that inside the body, growth factors work in a dedicated, highly orchestrated manner—and the factors that orchestrate their actions cannot be duplicated by a skin-care product.

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. 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, Butylene Glycol, Nylon-12, Sodium Hyaluronate, Yeast Extract, Glycerin, Matricaria Flower Extract, Sodium PCA, Symphytum Officinale Extract, Plantago Ovata Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Glutamine, Proline, Serine, Mallow Flower Extract, Ivy Leaf Extract, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Parietaria Officinalis Extract, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-8, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-11, rh-Vegf 165, rh-Tgf-Beta-1, Thymosin Beta-4, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Diazolidinyl Urea

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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