Jan Marini’s C-ESTA Serum

Jan Marini C Esta Serum review by iliketotalkblogThere is no doubt that I’m seriously invested in finding the best skincare products for my skin. I frequently read other people’s reviews and try and test out several different things to find the perfect combo that suits my needs. What I find I need is frequent exfoliation, cleansers I can use 2-3 times a day, a hydrating serum, a reparative serum, and a good moisturizer.  I’ve already had the pleasure of trying out Jan Marini’s Hyla 3D Serum which gives my skin the boost of moisture it needs, but I was on the hunt for something the was reparative and could strengthen my skin from the inside out. Luckily, Jan Marini’s C-ESTA Serum was made available to me and I’ve been loving every drop of it.

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I’ve always known and been a fan of topical vitamin C. Vitamin C works as a antioxidant to fight free radical damage, improve collagen synthesis, and can have a brightening effect on the skin. It’s a all-in-one wonder cocktail that truly fights all signs of aging in one. What makes C-ESTA Serum different though is the addition of DMAE, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamins B5 and E.  DMAE is a skin-firming agent that has anti-inflammatory properties to it. It fends off wrinkles, improves elasticity and generally sounds like the sister to Vitamin C in my book.  I found out that our brain actually MAKES some of this stuff in small quantities. How cool is that?

Hyaluronic Acid is my jam. It’s the first thing I always want to put on my skin so it’s nice this serum already has it in there. Vitamin B5 is also known as pantothenic acid helps keep that much needed moisture in the skin where it belongs, and helps with the skin healing process. Vitamin E is a well known antioxidant that blocks free radical damage and improves moisture levels of the skin.

Jan Marini C Esta Serum review by iliketotalkblog

Because this is a luxury skincare product for me, I appreciate that a single pump works for the entire face. I give the bottle a good shake (as directed) and apply after washing my face. I do feel that there is some sort of granular feel to it at first, but it disappears as I massage it into my skin. I have a few acne marks that dry over and often scar immediately after, but I think they are healing faster and leaving less of a mark behind since using this serum. Since it’s only been a few weeks I can only imagine what a significant amount of time with this product can achieve.

I really should remember to use this all over my neck as well, but I generally reach just beyond the jaw line and stop. This stuff is so good I need to make it last! At the same time — I don’t want my neck and chest to look older than my face. Dilemmas, dilemmas.

You can purchase Jan Marini products through their website and through select skincare professionals. To find out more about this cruelty free brand, you can follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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Joyal Beauty Timeless Skin Renewal Serum

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I was on the hunt for a new face serum over the past two months and finally came across one that really seemed to fit what I was looking for, Joyal Beauty’s Timeless Skin Renewal Serum.  I wanted something that was affordable, would help heal my skin, and would help fight against acne. And an added bonus, cruelty-free.

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Since I moved to Orange County I decided I would go back on my serious acne medication because my skin had gotten kinda yucky since I last took a real good look at it. Serious, deep congestion that even the esthetician was shaking her head at.  It was gonna be some work ahead of me and I didn’t have the cash to go in every two weeks and have her to do all the work, alas, that meant I was going to back on Atralin (tretinoin) and clear my skin well before my wedding. As a side note Atralin gives wonderful results, but can be very harsh on the skin at first and causes peeling and sensitivity. I was pretty sad about my skin again and hoped this serum would help bring it back to shape.

Joyal Beauty’s Timeless Skin Renewal Serum relies on Royal Jelly, Honey, and Bee Propolis to help renew and restore the skin.  Honey is known for its humectant properties (ability to pull in moisture), while Royal Jelly and Propolis are said to help with building skin stamina, fight infection, and works as a anti-aging ingredient.  I am familiar with the works of propolis and have used lip balms and toothpastes with the ingredient and believe it works. Honey, raw honey is something I use very often for facial masks, it was only royal jelly I was not familiar with.  Other ingredients such as aloe vera, jojoba oil, melissa essential oil, and green tea extract also help make this formula what it is today.

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I used the serum twice per day, once in the morning and once at night. The serum feels very comfortable going on- no stickiness or feeling like product is left on the skin. I truly felt like it absorbed well and left my skin feeling moisturized and smooth.  I felt like it was a great primer before makeup because it didn’t take forever to dry. I often used the tiniest amount of moisturizer afterwards because you need to when using Atralin.

I didn’t experience any additional breakouts during this time, I actually felt like it soothed my skin on days when my skin was sensitive from the atralin.  The unfortunate thing is that I was not able to use the product for a full four weeks to see the expected dramatic results.  It wasn’t the products fault at all – I loved using it every time I was able to. Unfortunately, there are essential oils in this product that conflict with a medical condition I don’t care to share at the moment and I have been advised to stop using it.  I’m going to keep the serum for use later on when I can, but for now it has to go into my stash to be a favorite for later.


I appreciate the fact that the formula is 98% natural and 72% organic.  It has no parabens, sulfates, phthalates or petrochemicals (mineral oil or petroleum). I like the feel of the serum on my fingertips and on my face. I like how my skin looked after application and made some redness go down within minutes.  It’s a product that I liked pretty much all around. I’m interested to see what their other products are like, such as the hyaluronic serum which is on the way to my mailbox.

Joyal Beauty’s Timeless Skin Renewal Serum is available for purchase on Amazon, you can also see other peoples review on there also.

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.