I recently mentioned that I’m on a strict skincare routine in the hope that I’ll be able to finally conquer my issues with spots and scarring. I’ve already posted the introduction here, so now I thought it’d be handy to let you know the Jan Marini products I’m using and how I’m using them.
It’s really worth noting at this point that Jan Marini is a line that has to be prescribed to work with your specific skin type for it to work effectively. Being the gung-ho beauty blogger that I am, even with the correct products in my possession, I decided to crack on with using them without running through how to use them with my Jan Marini consultant (Yvonne) and the result was nightmare skin for a couple of days – dry, spotty, flaky – yet as soon as I started using them correctly after speaking with Yvonne, the majority of the issues corrected almost immediately, but I took pictures so I’ll be sharing what happened in another post.
Regular readers will know that I’m not really a believer in the idea of skin purging and when I was told it would happen with this routine I was a little unsure. However, I’ve introduced five completely new products to my skin and stopped using everything else, so I think it’s reasonable to expect an adjustment period and it hasn’t been half as bad as I expected (once I started using the products correctly!) but again that’s something that’ll take too much explaining and will get in the way of the purpose of this post, which is to share with you the products I’m using.
I’ll just reiterate one more time that these are the products that have been specifically chosen for my skin type after a long and detailed conversation with Yvonne, so if you’re thinking of starting a Jan Marini routine then it’s really important you speak with a consultant to make sure you’re using the right products, otherwise you’ll be taking a chance with the results and risk wasting your money.
The routine I’m using is the Skin Care Management System for Normal/Combination Skin. In this collection are five products, each of which serve a difference purpose; Cleanse, Rejuvenate, Resurface, Hydrate and Protect. The AM and PM routines are fairly similar and I’ll explain more with each product breakdown:
Cleanse – Bioglycolic Face Cleanser
This is, as expected, a cleanser that I use both AM and PM. I use a small, ten pence sized blob which I work into dry skin for around a minute. I then add some water, before using a fresh, warm flannel to remove the product. It’s definitely an effective everyday make-up remover, but obviously you can’t use it as an eye make-up remover, so I use Bioderma to remove my eye make-up before starting my routine. It’s quite a potent cleanser and tingles on application; I wouldn’t go as far as to say that it stings, but you definitely feel it working!
Rejuvenate – C-Esta Face Serum
This is my absolute favourite product in the routine as it smells and feels gorgeous. You have to apply this in a very specific way as the active needs to be spread all over the skin as quickly and evenly as possible, so I squeeze one pump on to the my fingertips on one hand, bring my hands together and spread over my face working from the centre out. This is another product that is used both AM and PM.
Resurface – Bioglycolic Bioclear Face Lotion
This is the strongest product (in my opinion) in the range and therefore you need to tread carefully and get the balance right with this. I use this every other night and apply one pump which again goes all over the face. It’s another one that tingles (as it contains Glycolic Acid as does the Bioglycolic Face Cleanser) but again it doesn’t sting and the tingling stops quickly.
Hydrate – Transformation Face Cream
A pea-sized amount of this is used both AM and PM and this is my second favourite in the line. It’s got a great, rich, emollient feel without feeling like it’s overwhelming my skin with moisture and it soaks in very quickly.
Protect- Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF30
This is applied in the AM straight after the Transformation Face Cream and obviously works as a sun protector. It’s light, easily absorbed and doesn’t leave skin feeling greasy. It’s also fab under make-up.
When I first became familiar with the collection that I was going to use I was a bit put-off by the idea of having to use four products both AM and PM as I thought it would prove a hardship, but as the products can all be applied immediately after each other, it’s actually reduced my routine time considerably which was an added bonus that I didn’t expect. So far, it’s going really well and shortly I’ll be sharing some of the charmingly gruesome during pictures so you can get an idea of what’s happening with my skin.
More information on Jan Marini can be found here.
Disclosure: products provided for the purpose of this review.