I was excited to be a product tester for the Jan Marini Age Intervention Regeneration Mask ($90) for Truth in Aging. I had heard of the brand years ago from a high-end salon and have “quality” associated with the name in my mind. I had high expectations – which were eventually fulfilled. I went from, “do I have to slop some stuff on my face now and wait?” to “let’s do this again – I’m looking hot!”

The Jan Marini Regeneration Mask’s claim to fame is a two-for-one benefit, or “dual-action delivery system” that will resurface and revitalize. I was curious to see how the combination of glycolic exfoliation and peptides would work as a treatment mask compared to a daily serum, which is how I had used both of these ingredients in the past. I always hope glycolic treatments will help lighten my lifeguard “medals” (scattered hyperpigmentation spots). I was looking forward to the intense peptides  for general anti-aging affects and also wondering if resveratrol, from the skin of red grapes, was worth the hype. Marta has reviewed what appears to be an earlier incarnation of this mask before and discussed the unique formulation of resveratrol with pichia pastoris, a yeast. This new formulation doesn’t make the same promises of reduced fine lines and wrinkles along with firmer skin and less sagging after 28 days as the one Marta experienced. This new version focuses on skin “regeneration” from absorbing the topicals “at the same time that resurfacing is taking place, providing an immediate improvement in skin texture and appearance.”

So what is different, if anything here? And did it improve my skin?

The key actives here appear to be a series of peptides along with a long list of antioxidants. The peptides are the same as in the older formulation (and Marta does a better job than I can of describing their specific affects), but I noticed some rearranging of the order of ingredients, with some of the peptides rising higher in the ingredients list than before. Many of the botanicals, including some of the antioxidants, are also higher up while the ’bens (Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben) are now at the very end of the list instead of closer to the middle. Marta had noted some dismay that these were here at all in her earlier review but at least there are less of these controversial ingredients now.

I started off using the Jan Marini Regeneration Mask once a week for the first week, then twice a week for the next two weeks and then three times a week for the last few weeks. The instructions do recommend one to three times a week but I was hesitant at first to increase the frequency after reading about the recent research on AHAs. I went ahead anyway. The mask does sting for the first few minutes after application, a reaction that was pretty consistent even after several weeks had passed. I have the Juice Beauty green apple peel mask (full strength – also glycolic) as well and don’t recall it stinging as much, but to be honest, I used that one pretty sporadically, maybe three times a month.

My skin felt drier after using the mask for the first few times. I probably can’t completely associate that result with this mask, however. I was still stupidly using some of my existing glycolic and vitamin C serums a few times a week at the same time. I decided to stop everything but the Jan Marini mask about halfway through the testing period and as anyone who is a regular reader of TIA would expect, my skin was much happier and started glowing! The effects really seem cumulative. My skin is really looking great – bright and clear. The spots are still there but seem less noticeable. I definitely don’t feel the urge to slather on as much makeup to try to hide things. It’s been a long time since that happened.

The texture is thick and the kaolin clay base ingredient spreads easily. The gray-colored mask stayed “wet” for the duration of the time I had it on – whether for the recommended ten minutes or the “this TV show isn’t over yet” longer length of 30 minutes I wore it on at least two occasions. My skin felt fine afterwards whether I left it on for the shorter or longer period of time. Since it didn’t harden, it was easy to take off with a wet washcloth. I couldn’t detect much of a smell but what I did notice was more clinical than botanical.

The jar isn’t that big – after six weeks, it looks like I’ve used up about two thirds of it. I’ll definitely continue using it until it’s gone now that I’m in the habit. I may even get over my traditionally lazy approach to masks because this one is making an impact! Come on, ask me my age!

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Kaolin, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Glycolate, Pichia/Resveratrol Ferment Extract, Algae Extract, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Carbomer, Stearic Acid, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Sodium Hyaluronate, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-8, Myristoyl Tetrapeptide-12, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-11, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos/Red Tea) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ceramides-2, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Anacylus Pyrethrum Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ubiquinone (CoEnzyme Q10), Stearyl Alcohol, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Tocopherol, Glyceryl Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Polysorbate 20, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthan Gum, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben