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Review of Marini Holiday Exfoliator


Marini Holiday Exfoliator - Sugar Cookie Scent
Review of Marini Holiday Exfoliator
Photo: Jan Marini Skin Research

What It Is

The Marini Holiday Exfoliator is a limited edition of the Marini Instant Refining Exfoliator with the addition of a sugar cookie scent. Since it contains alpha hydroxy acid, it is milder for skin of color, getting rid of dead skin cells and rejuvenating the skin without harming sensitive or irritated skin.

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• Glycolic acid
• Papain from green unripened papaya
• Spherical Dissolving Bead Technology
• Green tea extract
• Aloe vera leaf juice
• Retinyl palmitate (vitamin A)
• Glycerin
• 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.

Guide Review

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.

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.

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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 do a patch test on my inner arm first, 24 hours before applying any exfoliator with this ingredient.

While it's still expensive, the Marini Holiday Exfoliator is $80 (the regular exfoliator is $90). So if you want to test it out, the limited edition Holiday Exfoliator might be the way to go. It also comes in a holiday box, so it's perfect as a stocking stuffer.

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