Single Brand Skincare Routine With Jan Marini's Skin Care Management System

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Have you ever built a skincare routine with products all from the same brand? It's something I have been thinking of trying for a long time, and Jan Marini finally offered me the opportunity when they sent me their whole Skin Care Management System. What are the supposed benefits of only using one line of products to take care of your skin, and does it really make a difference? Keep reading to find out.

While sticking to a single brand to build your skincare routine isn't an absolute necessity, it has some clear advantages: all the products that compose a line are designed to be used together, to be layered on top of each other, and to work together in synergy to address your skin concerns. When you use only products from one brand, you're sure that they won't interfere with each other, whether it's from a texture or a formula standpoint. No moisturizer that pills on top of your serum because one is water-based and the other silicone-based. No skin reaction due to an excessive amount of one ingredient or a combination that is too aggressive (like retinol + AHA).

I have enough knowledge of skincare ingredients to create my own regimen, however I have always been curious about the results I could get from focusing on one brand. Jan Marini's Skin Care Management System has won the Beauty Choice Award from NewBeauty magazine for 8 consecutive years, so it seemed like a good line to try. Here's what the System includes:

- Step 1 - Cleanse: Bioglycolic Face Cleanser. This cleanser has a creamy texture and doesn't dry out my skin at all. It contains glycolic acid for gentle exfoliation, and is unscented. I find that it's a good first step in my routine and I use it once a day. I prefer to only wash my face with a rinse off product once per day and use micellar water the other time, as I find tap water itself to be drying.

- Step 2 morning - Rejuvenate: C-esta Face Serum. This very liquidy serum contains vitamin C, an ingredient that I like to use daily in the morning. It is known to help fade dark spots, improve radiance and maintain skin elasticity. It's also great to use under sunscreen because it improves its effectiveness (there are some peer reviewed clinical studies on the subject that you can search on Google if you want to learn more). This serum has a rather strong scent that reminds me of sour citrus, and it tingles a bit when I apply it. If you have very sensitive skin, I would start by introducing it every other day.

- Step 2 evening - Resurface: Bioclear Face Lotion. This gel is an leave-on exfoliant with a cocktail of acids to make skin smoother and clearer: it contains glycolic acid, the well-known AHA to soften lines and fade dark spots, salicylic acid, also known as BHA which clears pores and avoids breakouts, and azelaic acid, which improves skin texture and reduces inflammation. The lotion is unscented but smells a little acidic due to the ingredients. I think it's a great formula with everything needed to improve the texture and clarity of skin, and it happens to score 5 stars on Beautypedia!

- Step 3 - Hydrate: Transformation Face Cream. I have already reviewed this moisturizer so I knew I really liked it. It's nicely hydrating but doesn't feel heavy on the face, and the antiaging ingredients it contains (growth factor, peptides, antioxidants) are quite promising.

- Step 4 - Protect: Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF 33. I have also reviewed this sunscreen before. It offers broad spectrum protection in a formula that feels lightweight and contains antioxidants as well as oil absorbing ingredients.

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What I really like about this line is that it contains everything I need to keep my skin healthy and improve signs of aging. If I had created my own routine with different brands, it would look almost identical with a vitamin C serum in the morning, an acid exfoliant in the evening, a good moisturizer packed with antioxidants and peptides, and a broad spectrum SPF. The only thing I may have done differently is having a retinol product to use as an alternative to the acids, a few times a week. But I have noticed that using both can make my skin dry, so I think it's better to switch from one to the other when I finish a bottle.

As expected the textures all layered without issues and the products all worked together well on my skin. I will say that this is designed for rather "experienced" skincare users, and that a newbie (someone who's never used anything other than a basic face cream) or someone with sensitive skin should start slow with the C-Esta and Bioclear to avoid initial irritation. For people already used to antiaging skincare this is a very good regimen.

So did I really see a difference in the state of my skin? After a few weeks, I do see a visible result on recent acne scars and some sun spots, both of which have been stubborn and didn't respond much to previous treatments. That's not a surprise when looking at the formulations, since every single product in the System contains something that can help fade spots. I do believe that using a whole line that is very focused on signs of aging had an effect in the evenness of my skin, so that's good news!

Have you ever tried to follow a skincare routine from one single brand? What results did you get?

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