May 042016
 

About the brand

Founded in 1994, the San Jose, CA-based Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc. (JMSR) is a recognized leader and innovator in skin care that is committed to continually expanding and improving the professional skin care market. They believe that dramatic results should not require extreme sacrifice. So, all of their products are designed to provide not only superior results, but also a user experience that is unmatched in the professional marketplace.

 

The Jan Marini Skin Care Management System

It was designed for prolonged use with little to no irritation or acclimation. Using the 5-step System is easy and intuitive. Immediately feel the difference from the first application. Skin will appear noticeably smoother and healthier.

By following the 5-step regimen daily, results will be sustained and improved.

Jan Marini Skin Care Management System

 

 

1 Cleanse

Bioglycolic Face Cleanser

Is a gentle cleanser which contains glycolic acid for all skin types. The active ingredients encourage a soft, smoother and more refined skin texture. This formula is non-irritating, soap free, and rinses completely without the need for an astringent or post cleansing toner. It also contains sorbitol, a natural humectant derived from berries, which leaves the skin soft and hydrated.

Price (237 ml): £26

 

2 Rejuvenate

C-ESTA Face Serum

The DAE Complex contained in the Jan Marini C-ESTA Face Serum creates the appropriate conditions that aid in skin rejuvenation. The texture of your skin will quickly begin to appear more supple and smoother. With continual use, the skin will become firmer, more resilient and the facial contours will appear more defined and tighter. You can achieve a more even skin pigment tone, and deeper facial lines will look less noticeable. Your skin will look remarkably younger and healthier.

Contains: ascorbyl palmitate (vitamin C), DMAE, hyaluronic acid, other vitamins (B,E).

Price (30 ml): £60

 

3 Resurface

Bioglycolic Bioclear Face Lotion

This facial lotion has remarkable skin resurfacing and anti-ageing properties. Bioclear is an exceptional solution to common skin concerns such as wrinkles, fine lines, acne and acne scarring, large follicles, texture changes and rosacea.

Contains: glycolic, salicylic, and azelaic acid. Glycolic acid resurfaces, while salicylic acid purges the skin of bacteria and clears out the pores. Azelaic acid helps clear blemishes, while reducing redness, chronic inflammation and uneven pigmentation.

Price (30 ml): £43

Jan Marini Bioglycolic Face Cleanser, C-ESTA Face Serum & Bioglycolic Bioclear Face Lotion

 

 

4 Hydrate

Transformation Face Cream

Jan Marini Skin Research presents 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. Transformation face cream can also be used to help improve damaged or sensitive skin.

Contains: TGF beta-1 (transforming growth factor), thymosin beta-4, pentapeptides GM and GD, vascular growth factor, hyaluronic acid, beta glucan 1, 3.

Price (28 g): £59

Jan Marini Transformation Face Cream

 

 

5 Protect

Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF 30

Combines a cutting edge microscopic sponge encapsulation system, state-of-the-art sun protection, and a Phytomelanin plant extract that mimics human melanin and provides further UV and antioxidant protection. This non-greasy protectant gives facial skin a soft, silky, conditioner effect as it aids in increasing and sustaining moisture content. It is waterproof and for all skin types.

Price (57 g): £43

Jan Marini Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF 30

 

 

[My observations]

I love Bioglycolic Face Cleanser. The skin becomes deeply cleansed, soft and smooth. The glycolic acid, which is the key ingredient, does a really great job, so the product provides immediate results. It has to be massaged on dry skin, in morning and evening.

C-ESTA Face Serum has a light formula, which absorbs quickly. The scent is really pleasant. After cleansing the skin with the Bioglycolic Face Cleanser, this product leaves the skin even more smoother and softer. Has to be applied morning and evening to face, neck and behind the ears.

Bioglycolic Bioclear is a strong face lotion created to diminish many skin imperfections, such as: wrinkles, acne (scars), and discolorations. Has to be applied every night for the first week, then increasing to twice daily in second week, if required.

Hydration of the skin is always important and Transformation Face Cream provides a great hydration. Also, this cream includes anti-aging agents. It has a light texture and absorbs immediately.

Step after step, layer after layer, the skin is smoother and softer. Also, it becomes radiant immediately.

When using products with ingredients such as glycolic acid, it is very important to use sun protection products. I like Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF 30 a lot. It has a light texture, absorbs quickly and has a beautiful scent. Has to be applied liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure. If you use it on a beach, reapply after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, immediately after towel drying and at least every 2 hours.

 

I really love this system, because it provides measured and fast results. Actually, after just one application, my skin looked better. Smooth, soft and radiant. After every new treatment, it looked more beautiful. After some time of using it, the appearance of skin texture was smoothed, pores looked better and fine lines were diminished. Pores were deeply cleansed, because this system provides exfoliation. All in all, it provided healthier, brighter and radiant look to my skin.

I used these products together, as a system, but I also tried them alone. It is really great that they provide good results, even if you use them alone.

 

Jan Marini products are available on DermacareDirect.co.uk.

 

Have you ever heard of Jan Marini Skin Research? Have you tried any of these products?

 

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Jun 242015
 

Visha SkinCare claims:

Advanced Correcting Serum with Illuminotex™ is an all in one anti-aging power serum designed to treat fine lines and wrinkles, fade sun spots and correct uneven skin texture that occurs from UV damage. This hydroquinone-free formula can be used to fade dark pigmentation left from skin damage, blemishes or scars. The exfoliants in the formula help decrease acne formation, and stimulate collagen production to firm the skin as well as correct hyperpigmentation; this further aids in the prevention of additional premature signs of aging. The antioxidants in the formula help protect skin cells from free radical damage. The formula is fragrance and paraben free.

Advanced Correcting Serum is everything you could want for your skin in one bottle.

 

Directions of use:

Cleanse and dry skin before use. Dispense 2-3 pumps of serum into the palm of your hand and spread evenly over the face and neck (and/or scar) two times a day. This product must be used with sunscreen of SPF 30 during the day to see maximum results in 10 weeks.

Visha SkinCare Advanced Correcting Serum

 

 

[My observations]

Advanced Correcting Serum has a very light, watery texture. After application, it is quickly absorbed into the skin. It is not enough moisturizing, so I’ve used it in combination with a moisturizer.

Its task is to remove wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and scars and to prevent acne formation.

It has served me as an anti-aging product, and it has served me well. It was effective: small imperfections have disappeared quickly and the skin has became radiant. Pores were purified, fine lines decreased, skin became brighter and radiant. It always looked fresh and rested. I like this serum, and after the summer I plan to use it again.

Be sure to use this product in combination with sunscreen of SPF 30, and I recommend even higher SPF, because it will provide you a better protection, especially when it comes to UVA rays.

Visha SkinCare Advanced Correcting Serum

 

Net weight: 1.8 fl.oz. | 51 ml
Price: $65 | approx. £41
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Feb 112015
 

Today I bring you one atypical review that includes a short story about free radicals and antioxidants plus one experiment. :)

Caudalie Polyphenol [C15]

 

Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum

It is created to correct existing wrinkles and to prevent the formation of new ones. It is 100% antioxidant, and contains the following active ingredients: concentrated polyphenols, stabilized vitamin C and hyaluronic acid.

It comes in a glass bottle with a pipette. Its lightweight texture absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving a trace on the surface, which I really liked. It is usually recommended to use the serum alone or with a cream, but here it’s indicated that it is necessary to apply it under a cream. I agree with that, because it’s not moisturizing enough, especially for this time of the year. It is recommended to apply it in the morning and the evening to face and neck. As for the results, I noticed that my skin looks fresher and radiant.

Net weight: 30 ml | 1 fl.oz.
Price: £35.00 | $62.00
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Anti-Wrinkle Eye and Lip Cream

It has a lightweight, gel texture. It is designed for removing dark circles and wrinkles. It contains the following active ingredients: stabilized vitamin C, polyphenols and Matrixyl 3000. It is recommended to apply it every morning and evening to the area around eyes and lips. As soon as the cream is applied, the skin becomes very smooth. I’ve noticed filling effect of wrinkles, especially around the lips.

Therefore, the current results were visible in terms of smoothing the skin. When it comes to dark circles, I didn’t notice any changes.

Net weight: 15 ml | 0.5 fl.oz.
Price: £26.00 | $49.00
Ingredients

 

Both products do not contain: parabens, phenoxyethanol, phthalates, mineral oils, sodium laureth sulfate, animal ingredients…

Caudalie Polyphenol [C15] Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum & Anti-Wrinkle Eye and Lip Cream

Caudalie Polyphenol [C15] Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum & Anti-Wrinkle Eye and Lip Cream

 

I had been testing them for a month and I got some minor positive results. However, these products are primarily designed to reduce wrinkles, so it is really difficult to make the final conclusion on such type of products. Generally, if these kind of products are good quality products, they usually improve the overall appearance of the skin, but wrinkles are never removed, and we cannot know will the use of certain product prevent the creation of new. The real question is what happens at the micro level of the skin when we use creams and serums.

It is stated that this serum is 100% antioxidant, so I focused on testing the accuracy of this important information. You’ve probably heard that antioxidants protect the skin from free radicals that cause premature aging. Free radicals affect the formation of wrinkles and allegedly they cause 4 out of 5 wrinkles.

For a better understanding of the story, let’s return for a moment to school…

Free radicals are unstable, positively charged molecules that are searching for negatively charged particles, electrons, in order to get neutralized. The problem is that these molecules are stealing electrons from the stable molecules making them unstable, which means – making them free radicals. Then they go in search of an electron, to get stabilized, and so the series continues. It can be prevented by the intervention of antioxidants. The antioxidants are electron-donor molecules. They neutralize free radicals by giving them their electron.

Free radicals negatively affect the proteins of the skin. Also, when (by oxidation) free radicals take electrons of other molecules, the surface of a slice of an apple turns brown.

So, to neutralize them, we need antioxidants. I cannot know will this serum prevent the formation of wrinkles on my skin, but I can do a little experiment and apply it on a slice of an apple to see what will happen. I saw the photo of such experiment on Caudalie official website, so I decided to test this claim, not just to blindly believe in the photo.

I had applied the serum just on the right slice of apple, and then left both slices to settle in the air. The left side immediately started to brown, while the right side was more resistant. This picture was captured after 2 hours of exposure to the air. After more hours, both sides got brown, but right slice was always a bit fresher. Thus, the result showed the positive effect of the serum! Of course, the experiment was not made in laboratory settings and it is certain that various factors could influence the result, but the antioxidants from the serum still managed to demonstrate their effectiveness. This certainly gives confidence in the use of this serum. Now we can expect that the regular use of such product really can slow the aging process of the skin.

Caudalie Polyphenol [C15] Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum

 

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May 062014
 

This review is wrote by my fellow blogger Anaviglam.
Ivana, thank you for the excellent review! Also, big thanks to the Manomai brand for the serum.

 

Manomai is a cosmetic brand that comes from Thailand. They create skincare products for the skin type, matching blood group.

We already know about Eat Right For Your Type diet. Dr. Peter D’Adamo explained that if you eat the right food for your blood type, you will feel healthier and lose weight. Following that principle, Manomai created the Blood Type Diet.

Skin is the largest body organ. It acts like a sponge, absorbing the products that you apply to it. Manomai’s dermatologists believe that your skincare products should harmonize with your skin type, matching your blood group.

Manomai Around The Clock Facial Serum uses only naturally nourishing ingredients that are a right match for individual blood group.

The serum I received is created for my blood type which is 0+ and contains Seaweed and Guava Leaf Extract (see all ingredients here). This hydrating serum provides skin that glows, but at the same time prevents excess sebum secretion and does not clog the pores. Seaweed extract is rich in vitamins, minerals, trace elements and amino acids to keep skin healthy and youthful. Guava Leaf Extract can be used for the treatment of inflammatory conditions and infections. It has anti-microbial properties and stimulates the productions of collagen.

The serum does not contain parabens, mineral oils, artificial colors and fragrances. It is dermatologically tested and uses natural preservatives. Complies with ISO standards and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice). It is not tested on animals.

The serum comes in a glass container with a pump. One pump is quite enough for one application. I used two pumps on daily basis, because I applied it on the neck and decolletage, as well. It has a fluid texture which absorbs quickly. Also, it works perfect as a makeup base.

It has oriental scent with some herbal notes, but it is not intense and evaporates quickly.

After application, skin became much more softer to the touch and very smooth. Also, I felt the change under fingers, as well as throughout elasticity and optimal hydration of the skin. After a while, I began to notice that my skin is much brighter, my complexion is completely even and pores are narrower than usual.

My combination skin became fresh and radiant, and its glow was not caused by the secretion of sebum. In case of minor irritations, such as pimples, inflammation disappeared quickly, without leaving redness or stains.

It is recommended to consume the serum in six months period after opening and I believe that is the optimal time for this net weigh (30 ml/1 fl.oz.). It costs $80.

 

Perfect skin means healthy skin, and mine is such, at the moment.

Signs of comfort that I feel inside, I also see on the surface of the skin, so I know for sure there is a connection between natural ingredients and my blood group .

I tested one of the most interesting serums which in short period of time gave me visible outside and inside results. The concept of the brand is very interesting and I think that everybody should be more concerned about what goes into their body, regardless of the method. With right products, maybe we all would be fuller and happier. Our bodies would appreciate that.

 

Manomai Around The Clock Facial Serum

Manomai Around The Clock Facial Serum

Manomai Around The Clock Facial Serum

Manomai Around The Clock Facial Serum

Manomai Around The Clock Facial Serum

You can buy Manomai serum thought official website: http://www.manomai.com/

 

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Feb 042014
 

DreamTone is a new-generation customized skintone correcting serum.

It is formulated to target imperfections and to leave skin looking flawless. Dark spots and blemishes should appear diminished, color imperfections and redness should be reduced and the look of sallowness should be replaced by a warm, peachy glow. Overall, skin should look smooth, beautiful and healthy.

DreamTone is formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates.

 

It comes in a 3 different shades for Fair (1), Medium (2) and Dark (3) skin tone. You should pick the shade by the way your skin tans on the sun. If your skin burns easily on the sun and it is prone to redness, than you should pick the shade 1. If your skin tans easily, than you should pick the shade 3. Correcting serum no. 1 is designed to reduce redness, no. 2 to beautify the skin that have problems with yellowish tan and no. 3 is the best choice for removing dark spots.

I chose no. 3, because my skin tans easily, even thought no. 2 would be a better choice for my winter tan. I tried both shades and the great thing is that they don’t leave color traces.

I don’t have problems with dark spots or any color imperfections, so I’m not the right model for this serum. Because of that, I didn’t expect anything from it, but luckily I did see some improvement. The serum gave me a beautiful glow. I used it every night, before sleep and I was really amazed with the skin glow in the morning. Also, my skin became smoother and softer.

The only con with this product is the packaging. I experienced problems with the pump – the serum doesn’t want to come out off the bottle. I have to push really hard to see some of it.

My serum was placed in a beautiful box that glows from the inside. I believe that you can’t buy it, because it is only for promotional purposes, but I wanted to show you how amazing it looks like.

 

Unfortunately, I can’t tell does DreamTone removes dark spots, but my skin really did look smooth, beautiful and healthy after using it.

Lancôme DreamTone

Lancôme DreamTone

Lancôme DreamTone

Lancôme DreamTone

Lancôme DreamTone

Lancôme DreamTone

Lancôme DreamTone

Lancôme DreamTone2 & 3

 

Net weight: 40 ml | 1.3 fl. oz.

Price: £69.00 | $98.00

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