Exfoliation is one of the most important steps to achieve beautiful complexion. It preps the skin for other products and gives you the best natural healthy glow It also makes your face soft and even, so that your makeup applies and looks better on.
Personally, I’m a big fan of chemical exfoliators as opposed to scrubs because they seem to be a bit more gentle on my dry skin. When I saw the opportunity to try the Jan Marini Clean Zyme and Skin Zyme products via Brandbacker, I jumped on it straight away. I’ve never heard of the brand before but they have been on the market for over 20 years and their philosophy is to create innovative skincare products that deliver measurable results. Sounds like something all of us want to hear, but what happens when we compare the claims with reality? Well, I hope you’ll keep reading to find out.
The Jan Marini Clean Zyme & Skin Zyme is a two step exfoliation regimen designed to be used even on sensitive or irritated skin. The key ingredient in both products is the green papaya enzyme which I know my skin responds very well to. However, if you are allergic to papaya then it’s definitely not something you should experiment with.
Jan Marini Clean Zyme ($30 USD)
Clean Zyme comes in a plain, minimalistic packaging and comes out as a gel cleanser with a light green tinge. It’s meant to be used to cleanse the skin prior to the application of the Skin Zyme mask and also to remove it, which I find quite unusual. At the same time, a multi-step skincare routine like this makes me feel like I really do everything I possibly can to keep my skin looking good.
Back to the product, it is an effective cleanser, but I’m not sold on the medicinal-ish scent. It’s probably a combination of alcohol and honey that smells a bit off to me (fun fact: I’m one of the few people on the planet who are put off by the scent of honey…). Apart from that, I do like how clean my skin feels after using the Clean Zyme cleanser and I can confirm that it has never left me red, itchy or irritated. Just a little bit on a dry side, which means that I need to follow it with a moisturizer as soon as possible. I’m sure that people with oily skin types would really enjoy this squeaky clean feeling. Since my complexion is dry, I will use the cleanser only on masking days with Skin Zyme.
Jan Marini Skin Zyme ($60 USD)
Talking about the Skin Zyme, it’s definitely my favorite product from this duo. It’s a lovely face mask that looks like a smashed avo… 🙂 Interestingly enough, this one also contains honey, but the scent is not remotely as strong as Clean Zyme and it does not bother me at all. You only need to apply a light layer of the product to clean skin and leave it on for up to 15 minutes. It may sting a little bit, but in my case it only happened the first time I used Skin Zyme. On initial contact I also felt as if the product was causing a warming sensation, but again, it only happened with the very first use (which means I could have been imagining things…).
Once you’re done with the mask, it is recommended that you remove it with a small amount of Skin Zyme. I also like to add a drop of water to make it easier for the cleanser to emulsify. Next, just rinse everything off and pat the skin dry. The process doesn’t take much longer than a regular face masking ritual.
The Clean Zyme and Skin Zyme duo leaves the skin feeling smooth, soft and renewed. I have not experienced any irritation or seen any redness on the skin, which often occurs on top of my cheeks after using chemical exfoliants. The results last for about 2-3 days and because the products are gentle on the skin, you can use them again after that. You can also wash your face with Clean Zyme every night, although I recommend caution if your complexion is dry.
The Jan Marini duo is not cheap and will set you back by $90 USD, but you’re getting two quality products. Since you only need a small amount of each per application, they will last for a while making the investment worthwhile. I think the Clean Zyme and Skin Zyme set will be particularly beneficial for those of you with normal, combo and oily skin and those who are looking to introduce chemical exfoliants to their skincare regimen.
Have you tried anything from the Jan Marini brand? I’d love to hear your product recommendations.