Review: Jan Marini Clean Zyme and Skin Zyme

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Finding the right exfoliator can be a difficult task.  Some are too harsh while others feel like they’re not doing much at all.  The exfoliating duo by Jan Marini, Clean Zyme Cleanser and Skin Zyme Mask, fits perfectly in between.

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What’s the “Zyme” about in both products?  Jan Marini uses Papaya enzyme as the exfoliation property.  “Proteolytic Enzyme – Papain from Green Unripened Papaya.”  They also contain honey and Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Extract.

Clean Zyme Cleanser

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Housed in a gender neutral white bottle this gel cleanser smells deliciously of fruit.  I like to cup my hands in front of my face as I inhale a few times before cleansing.  I applied it to dry skin, massaged it in for a short time, left it on for about 2 minutes, then massaged my skin with wet hands for 30 seconds to a minute and removed with a wet cloth.  Skin is left damp for the mask application.  I did allow my skin to dry one of the times I used it and noticed a slight dryness which didn’t completely  surprise me because this does contain alcohol high on the ingredients list.  Remember: some alcohol ingredients like Cetearyl Alcohol are fine for the skin while alcohols such as alcohol denat can be irritating for some.  Fragrance is also high on the list.  This may be a better product for me in the summer when my skin is oily so I will be adding this to my routine for regular rotation when the weather warms up again.  Price: $30 USD

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Skin Zyme Mask

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The packaging for the mask stood out to me (yes, I’m one of those consumers).  It’s plastic but feels solid in my hand.  The jar is sleek with sharp lines, something I would be happy to have on my counter.

This thick creamy mask smooths onto the skin with ease, remaining moist.  I didn’t notice a distinct scent (it’s light and as I’ve said in prior posts I’m not good at identifying scents).  After applying the mask to damp skin I left it on for about 20 minutes.  The first time I used the mask I felt a slight tingle but it’s what I expected with the papaya enzyme.  It’s thick so I don’t recommend removing with just a wet cloth.  The instructions provided to me were to spread Clean Zyme on top and massage to emulsify (which I did with wet fingers), then remove with a wet cloth and splash face with warm water 10-15 times.  I’ve tried this method as well as just using water in place of the cleanser to emulsify and removed as recommended.  Both ways worked for me.  Price: $60 USD

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The result?  Dead skin cells were gone and skin felt much smoother.

The cleanser and mask are intended to be paired together but they can also be used on their own.

They can be purchased at http://www.janmarini.com/skin-care-products/exfoliate/clean-zyme-skin-zyme – this is not an affiliate link, I’ve provided it for your convenience and I don’t receive any compensation if you use it.

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