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.

Jan Marini C Esta Serum review by iliketotalkblog

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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[Review] Rosacea Anti-Inflammatory Foaming Cleanser

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anti inflammatory cleanser

courtesy of The Rosacea Treatment Clinic Website

My skin has gone back and forth on whether its considered sensitive or combo. Right now? A little of both. During my teens it was acne-prone and I relied on a myriad of acne products to keep the spots away.As I went into my late twenties and continued on with that, it actually ended up hurting my skin and causing more acne to occur.  There is such thing as over-treating acne and I highly suggest if “it doesn’t go away” you seek the advice from a dermatologist.  It’s not about getting a ton of products that will kill acne, fight oil, and banish any blemish, but getting into a good simple skincare routine that protects and nourishes the skin to be at it healthiest.

Im currently thirty-two and now rotate between a very gentle cleansing wash, and a gentle exfoliating wash to cleanse my face.  I always follow with serum and moisturizer and occasionally a acne spot treatment.  All products I use at the moment are geared toward sensitive skin and for good reason.  I’m a stress ball!!! And what that means is because I’m always a big ball of stress my skin is constantly under attack –not from bacteria or dirt –but from myself.  Over the last few years I developed an auto-immune response to stress which causes ONLY the skin around my mouth to feel inflamed, dry and peel. No where else on my face. Just around my mouth. Stress-induced dermatitis…and it sucks.  Imagine feeling like you have a rash on your face at all times and there was no product that could make it go away.  I’ve gone to doctors. I’ve tried creams, cleansers and pills. It wont go away until stress goes away, and considering I don’t see that ending soon….I need to find ways to relieve it as much as possible. Go ahead and google perioral dermatisis and you’ll see what worse cases are dealing with.

Randomly, The Rosacea Treatment Clinic of Melbourne found me on the web.  They came across my previous posts about skincare and asked if I would like to do a review of their anti-inflammatory cleanser.  My response was a very quick yes after checking out their site.  I figured it couldn’t hurt to try and see if it helped calm the skin around my mouth, and I was sent a mix-yourself kit to test. The kit contained two brown glass bottles of a solution A and B to mix inside the airless pump bottle provided.  The packaging is very clean and simple and while I like a nice fancy bottle on my counter–if it works, that’s really all that matters, right? It’s not the packaging that is doing the work its whats inside that counts!

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What I found out about this cleanser is that is contains no sulphates to dry the skin out, which is important for someone with sensitive, peeling skin.   It’s formula contains at least one third anti-inflammtories and antioxidants which potency will reduce after four months so there is a life-shelf on this product.  And that it contains ceramides to strengthen the skin from further irritation.  Oh, and one more thing, it controls dermodex….and I’ll let you google what THOSE ARE! yikes! ! ! ! **shivers ** hint below.

dermodex mite

guess where I live?

I’ve used the cleanser almost daily for the past month and found that I could use it on wet or dry skin and always used two-three pumps.  I loved that my skin never felt dry or tight and that during the weeks when I used it soley the inflammation around my mouth had gone down (erythema and edema = swelling and redness).  Sometimes I will really massage my face with the air-foam cleanser before stepping into the shower to rinse.  It truly never irritated my skin or made anything worse!  I’d be curious about coupling this with their other products designed for sensitive skin/ rosacea., such as their Rosacea Anti-Inflammatory Clearing Serum which fights dark spots. They recommended facial waters/misters (such a La Roche Posay Thermal water) which reduce inflammation as well. Facial misters are A-W-E-S-O-M-E and I think everyone can enjoy those!

rosacea treatment clinic cleanser foam

The Rosacea Treatment Clinic has a ton of information on sensitive skin including tips and recommendations for managing symptoms of this skin type.  You can purchase the made-to-order cleanser directly on their site for $55.00 which I think is a decent price for comfortable skin.  They also have a facebook page where they answer skin/care related questions to prospective buyers which means you can actually ASK someone about the product you are using pretty quickly.

ingredient deck: Purified Water, Hamamelis Water, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Water, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Boric Acid, Disodium Phosphate, Cetrimonium Bromide, Sodium Borate, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Polyphenols, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Feverfew Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Caffeine, Panthenol,Soy Isoflavones, Phytosphingosine, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6 II, Ceramide 1, Cholesterol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Benzalkonium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Polyvinylpyrrolidone, Citric Acid.

Do you have sensitive skin?  Does your skin flare up to just about any cleanser?  Seriously consider this one.  It’s gentle and WORKS! with ZERO irriation to boot!  To find out more you can visit them on their website or their facebook page: The Rosacea Treatment Clinic

Have you used this product?  Share your results in the comment section below!