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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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Ever wonder where do Palm Beach ladies who lunch go to get flawless skin? Anushka Spa, Salon & Cosmedical Centre’s top facialist Uslin Wood has been beautifying the South Florida elite for 10 years. Her special combination of extractions, peels and serums with a hint of Caribbean know-how has made her the go to facial wizard for the ladies who lunch set. In between cobb salads, tennis tournaments and parties for a cause, Uslin’s well heeled clientele come in to get buffed and beautiful. Her secret, as she says, ‘It’s all in the hands, and loving what you do.” She combines the best of advanced clinical skin treatments with classic training and years of experience working with the skin. Uslin is a mother of two children who keep her very active and a self-proclaimed skincare afficionado who practices what she preaches. We dare you to find a wrinkle, line or mark on her smooth complexion. Conveniently located at CityPlace in West Palm Beach, the island’s best kept secret, Uslin Wood, is tucked away in her tranquil treatment room in the Cosmedical Centre.
What are some of your favorite skin care products and why do you like them?
I really love medical-grade products. They are more aggressive, and also more effective. My clients want to see results from their skin care. I like Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare products for problem skin. I also use SkinMedica products for sensitive and acne prone clients.
Which treatments do your clients ask for most often?
The iS Clinical Fire & Ice Facial is our “glow-to-go” treatment. This is a medical grade treatment that falls somewhere in between a facial and a peel. The first step is the “fire” part of the facial, which includes glycolic acid and vitamin A. Next the skin is neutralized and the “ice” part is applied, which has peppermint, hyaluronic acid, aloe vera and green tea extract as well. It works at the cellular level to decrease fine lines and stimulate collagen and elastin. They also love the SilkPeel Dermal Infusion System, which is similar to microdermabrasion, but so much better. The SilkPeel system combines non-invasive exfoliation with a deep delivery of specific solutions directly to the skin without using any crystals or other chemical exfoliants, so I can customize the treatment to each client. These are both great to have before a big event or a vacation for a real WOW effect.
What is your philosophy for treating oily, acne prone skin for all age groups?
It is important to include a purifying toner in your daily skincare regimen if you get pimples and frequent breakouts. It disinfects and unclogs pores, and removes the accumulation of oil on your skin. You should use toner twice daily, especially at night time, and in humid weather. I recommend SkinMedica’s Purifying Toner for normal skin, and Glytone Acne Cleansing Toner for acne prone clients.
Being in South Florida, you must see a lot of sun damage. How do you teach your clients to protect their skin?
Many people recommend highly protective SPF creams, which is good and necessary, especially for my clients who are swimmers, go out on their boats, play tennis and golf, and generally love the sun. I personally recommend also getting a peel with a facial treatment. The top layer of skin is removed when you perform the peel treatment. With regular safeguarding of the skin, in addition to adding peels to your facial routine, you will be doing the best you can to defend against the sun’s powerful damaging effects. One of our best selling sun care products is Skinmedica’s Environmental Defense Sunscreen™ SPF 50+ with UV ProPlex™.
Describe how you perform your most popular anti-aging facial
I perform a treatment-duo: a microdermabrasion with a peel. The SilkPeel exfoliates the skin first, removing unwanted debris, and getting pores super clean. The peel solution then resurfaces and polishes the skin. Finally, I use a custom mixture of serums on the skin that smooth the face, even skin tone, and prevent lines from forming. The client leaves with smoother, softer, and refined skin.
If you could use anything on your skin, what would it be?
I would use a mixture of top of the line serums. These products penetrate better than creams, which have a lower absorption rate. Using a serum as the foundation layer protects your face from external pollutants and the dirt and residue of daily makeup. Ultimately, it’s the best way to defend against inevitable skin irritating environments.
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The Dead Sea is aptly named: no organisms survive inside its alluring waters.
But the gorgeous powers of its healing waters, its cooling, sticky mud, and its powerful minerals are as legendary as Greek myths, and it’s little wonder that brands like AHAVA, and also lesser-known brands like Avani, Swisa and Seacret (to name only a few) are returning time and again to harvest its properties.
We have been huge fans of AHAVA. Their wonderful Tropical Pineapple and White Peach collection (a breath of summer in your shower) debuted a few months ago. Now, they have introduced two new youth-boosting super serums we’re super excited about: the Dead Sea Osmoter Concentrate for both eye and body.
These two brown-colored glass bottles look and feel very high end, like they belong in a luxurious apothecary (the dropper in the eye cream also adds to this feeling).
Dead Sea Osmoter Eye Concentrate ($50): For those who have despaired about finding the perfect eye concentrate that erases dark circles as swiftly as a Ferrari on a race track, this is your product. It is triple-charged silky-fine and lightweight and filled with Persian Silk and Sigesbeckia Orientalis extracts that strengthen the dermis layer and fight fatigue as promptly as an overnight FedEx delivery.
In clinical trials, 81% of women tested (36) reported that the eye area looked refreshed.
After using it under the eye area for two days, my dark circles (which I firmly believed are genetic and irreversible) had disappeared. This is a superb product.
Dead Sea Osmoter Serum Body Concentrate Tone & Texture Correcting Serum ($45): A serum filled with Dead Sea minerals for the body? Yes, we’ll take two please. Filled with brown algae extract which prevents dark spots and brightens skin, as well as Argan and Monoi Tahitian oils and Vitamin C as well as alpha hydroxy acid, this is a powerhouse of a bottle that also tightens skin.
While it is too early to tell of the results in this body serum, the texture is delicious and cooling and for the price, stock up with two.
Visit Aire Ancient Baths in New York City and get a delicious soak in one of their many pools, and top off the experience with the new AHAVA products.