What It Is
The Marini Holiday Exfoliator is a limited edition version of the Marini Instant Refining Exfoliator from Jan Marini Skin Research, with the addition of a pumpkin spice scent. The Holiday Exfoliator contains alpha hydroxy acids (fruit acids), which are milder for skin of color than other chemical peels and exfoliants. With antioxidants that sooth and protect the skin, the exfoliator helps get rid of dead skin cells and rejuvenates the skin without harming sensitive or irritated skin.
• Glycolic acid
• Papain from green unripened papaya
• Spherical Dissolving Bead Technology
• Green tea extract
• Aloe vera leaf juice
• Retinyl palmitate (vitamin A)
• Vitamin E
• Manufacturer: Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc. (JMSR)
• Price: $80, 2 oz jar
• Clinical strength resurfacer refines skin texture and follicle size.
• Spherical dissolving beads, proteolytic enzymes and glycolic acid reduce excessive abrasion typically associated with exfoliating scrubs.
• Polishes skin without being too harsh, making it velvety soft and smooth.
• It’s expensive, but $10 less than the original.
After cleansing your face, the instructions state to gently apply an even layer of the exfoliator to wet skin, using circular motions for 15-30 seconds and then remove it with a washcloth and blot the skin dry. It has the delicious scent of pumpkin pie, fitting for the holiday season.
The exfoliator and skin resurfacer contains special microbeads that work with resurfacing agents to gently exfoliate the skin. Glycolic acid, a commonly used AHA, is good for hyperpigmentation. Green tea reduces appearance of redness, protects against hyperpigmentation and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to help decrease lines and wrinkles.Top 8 Products to Cover Up Hyperpigmentation
It also contains fruit enzymes papain (from papaya) and bromelain (from pineapple), which helps with the removal of dead skin cells and pore blockage by digesting the dead cells without damaging the underlying skin tissue. Both bromelain and papain also reduce inflammation and irritation in the skin. Like pumpkin enzymes, papain enhances other resurfacing agents in masks and peels.
While fruit acid peels and exfoliators are milder and better for skin of color, they can still cause irritation in some skin. Bromelain in particular, has sometimes caused sensitivity in my skin, so I did a patch test on my inner arm first, 24 hours before applying this exfoliator.Pumpkin for Healthy Skin
My skin felt slightly sensitive in certain areas of my face—where I probably scrubbed a little too aggressively. The instructions did say to gently apply but I think I got a little distracted by the aroma. But my skin wasn’t irritated enough for concern. The lingering bit of discomfort might have also had something to do with my stroking my face afterwards because it was so soft. It’s best to moisturize your face afterwards, and leave it alone. I don't think I would have experienced any sensations at all if I had done that.
The Holiday Exfoliator doesn't have exactly the same ingredients as the Instant Refining Exfoliator. This one lists "fragrance" (parfum) instead of the oils like geranium, patchouli and rose wood oil found in the original and there are few other distinctions. I'm not sure if that makes a big difference, this product seems very effective.
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