Retinol – Jan Marini vs SkinCeuticals

Question: For the past 6 years, I have followed a skin care regimen using only Jan Marini products. One of the products I use 'every night' is the Jan Marini Factor A Lotion followed by the Jan Marini Transformation Cream. Based on the numerous positive reviews on your website, I'd like to start using the SkinCeuticals Retinol l.0 Maximum Strength Refining Night Cream instead of the Factor A Lotion. My questions are: (1) Is it okay to do this? (I've read where mixing different manufacturer products is not a good idea because one might not get all the benefits out of a product, or may even cancel out benefits.) (2) If I do use the SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 cream, can I still use my Jan Marini Bioclear cream 'every morning'? (I've been told not to use AHA's when using the SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0). (3) Does the SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 also function as a night cream, or may I still apply my Jan Marini Transformation cream over the SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0? (4) What is the difference between the Jan Marini Factor A Lotion (which contains Retinol) and the SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 Max Strength Refining Night Cream? I would really appreciate your recommendations. Thanks!

Yes, it is perfectly fine to begin using the SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 Cream, however keep in mind that this is a product DermStore no longer retails. It’s perfectly fine to use AHA’s while using retinols, Jan Marini uses alpha hydroxy acids along with retinols within their products, as do other product lines. The SkinCeuticals product can be your night cream, however if you feel as if you need additional moisture I would recommend the Transformation Cream in addition to this product. Although SkinCeuticals and Jan Marini both contain retinol, they are formulated differently and contain other active ingredients. Please contact me with further questions.

Meagan, Esthetician