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I admit it – I was not exactly born “blonde.” In fact, my natural color is a medium brown, if I recall correctly. It’s been a few years. With what I have spent cumulatively over a few decades on going lighter and lighter, I could have owned a villa in Cap Ferrat by now. But it’s been worth it.
If you love being a “blonde” like I do, Redken’s Blonde Idol collection will be a welcome addition to your daily routine. It brightens and beautifies your highlights to keep your blonde brilliant between salon visits. Whether you’re a warm golden blonde or a cool toned blonde, Blonde Idol has a Custom-Tone Conditioner that is just right for you. The shampoo is sulfate-free but lathers up richly, making it ideal for both colored hair and keratin-straightened hair as well.
The BBB Spray is a multi-benefit spritzer that detangles your locks with a fresh scent. Hair will feel more conditioned and full of body, strengthened and brighter instantly. I love the BBB Spray to wake up a blowout or freshen up hair after being in a smoke-filled room or exposed to pollution in the city.
The final step in the regimen is the rich gel mask that hydrates and repairs damaged ends from overheated flat irons and too many trips to the blowout bar. Prices start at $19 and go up to $37 for a 3 piece kit, and a little goes a long way.
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Jan Marini brought her experience from the early years of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) to build her successful eponymous skin care company. Now after two decades, Jan Marini Skin Research (JMSR) is still going strong in the professional skincare market with a growing flock of devotees.
Founded in 1994, the San Jose, CA-based Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc. (JMSR) is a recognized leader and innovator in skin care committed to growing and improving the professional skin care market. The JMSR team has relocated to a new, 40,000 square foot space in Silicon Valley, the center of technological innovation which seems somehow apropros.
CEO and Chairman of the Board, Jan Marini, is still at the helm, known as a true pioneer in the professional skin care market. In 2005, JMSR became the first company to market a cosmetic eyelash enhancement conditioner that was at the forefront of this breakthrough beauty category. Under her direction, JMSR has established a portfolio of proprietary and patented formulations as well as some exciting introductions, include the first lipid soluble vitamin C with a neurotransmitter factor, the first topical TGF beta-1, the first combination of glycolic, salicylic and Azelaic acid, and the first topical product with resveratrol.
In the UK, I had the pleasure of moderating several training courses in aging skin care for the JMSR team, at a time when no one else was all that interested in skin care education for beauty therapists, nurses and doctors. These all day Saturday symposiums featured leading plastic surgeons and skin care professionals and were standing room only. They were so popular, in fact, that we had overwhelming requests for the workbook we put together for attendees from aestheticians and doctors who could not attend. These courses became a kind of cult phenomenon in the professional skin care market which was in its infancy in the UK in those days.
Although many of Jan’s signature formulations are still in the range, one cannot overlook how JMSR has been modernized over the years! The packaging and branding is fresh and clean, and speaks to an updated outlook on the future of skin care with an underlying theme of clinical data. Most recently, Robert Weiss, MD, conducted a study on new patented growth factor and peptide anti-aging formulation and Leslie Baumann, MD, completed a consumer preference study comparing JMSR’s C-ESTA® Serum and Marini Physical Protectant™ to two leading competitors with significantly positive findings.
Find Jan Marini products at physicians’ offices in over 80 countries: Janmarini.com
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Getting rid of the dirt, grime and dead cells that clog pores and makes skin look and feel dull and drab is the first step to a radiant complexion. But if you can’t pop in for a facial every time you need some help, there are some cool systems that bring advanced technology to you.
Check out our six fave skin devices that bring the clinic experience straight to your bathroom.
Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush ($89.50) Clinique's first foray into the device space, their new cleansing brush is a perfect complement to the brand's signature pore purging products. Great for oily T-zones, and waterproof so take it right into the shower with you. Two types of bristles get skin just as polished as you want.
Foreo LUNA™ MINI ($139) Choose from 5 bright colors and a sleek compact design small enough to carry around, the LUNA Mini channels sonic pulses through soft silicone touch-points for fast, deep cleansing on the go.
Clarisonic Sonic Radiance™ Brightening Solution Kit ($249) A marriage of the classic with Aria and Mia 3 cleansing devices, the newest Clarisonic kit was designed to help fade dark spots for a more even toned complexion. The kit includes a Skin Iluminating Cleanser, Skin Renewing Peel Wash, and Brightening Activator Serum, so you're good to go right out of the box.
PMD® Personal Microderm Pro ($199) This DIY microdermabrasion system comes with four levels of exfoliating discs and two speeds for high level of intensity treatment and a lower level of intensity for sensitive skin. The PMD Pro’s spinning disc has the same Aluminum Oxide crystals used by skin professionals. When the disc starts to spin, vacuum suction extracts the grit and gunk in your pores for clear, bright skin.
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Riiviva Microdermabrasion Device ($299) Equipped with diamond tips that can move with the contours of the skin and one that can freely rotate as it passes over the surface, Riiviva's home microdermabrasion device offers a new way to exfoliate. Replaceable diamond tips can be used to rough skin of the face and body, cellulite, keratosis pilaris (little red bumps on your arms and legs), stretch marks and acne scarring, with three levels of suction to select for your skin type. P.S. It's cordless so you can move around while you use it.
Illuminage Skin Smoothing Laser ($595)
FDA-cleared to reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth, this home system works like the lasers you find at dermatology clinics to smooth facial aging. The energy stimulates your body to create new collagen fibers, which means smoother, firmer skin. Great for targeting those little creases around the lips and lower eyelids too. The best part is that your skin may feel tighter right after a treatment, but keep using it for even better results.