Annmarie Skin Care was created by Annmarie and Kevin Gianni, healthy living bloggers and hosts of the popular YouTube videocast, The Renegade Health Show. During a 2½-year journey across North and South America, Annmarie and Kevin were posting interviews with healthcare experts, manufacturers, growers, and healers to track down the best natural-care products and protocols. But they noticed that their viewers were asking one common question: “Annmarie, what products do you use for your skin?” Upon sorting through their cupboards examining labels, they were horrified to discover that nothing Annmarie was using met their own high standards. Thus, the couple set out to create a clean skin care line free of toxic chemicals, and in 2009 Annmarie Skin Care was launched.
Annmarie Skin Care offers a wide variety of different skin care products, which are divided into 5 collections: Restore (dry or mature), Balance (normal and combination), Purify (oily), Soothe (sensitive), and Wild Alchemy Collection. Below we’ll discuss a few of the most popular products in the Annmarie Skin Care line.
Annmarie Skin Care Anti-Aging Facial Oil is a herb-infused formula that is said to deliver intense moisture to keep dry and mature skin supple and dewy. This facial oil can be applied in the morning, at night, or as needed.
Another popular product in the Annmarie Skin Care line is the Anti-Aging Eye Cream, which is suitable for all skin types. It is said to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as temporarily ease puffiness.
Annmarie Skin Care Illuminating Pearl Mask is the final key product we’ll discuss. This rinse-off facial mask is said to hydrate, improve tone and radiance, calm skin, and enhance your glow. It is recommended to leave the mask on for at least 15 minutes (or longer) before removing with a wet towel.
All Annmarie Skin Care products are handcrafted using organic and wildcrafted ingredients through their 3-step, Wild. Beautiful. Process. First, the brand selects herbs and plant extracts to meet the highest standards of quality and effectiveness. They also carefully audit their sources to ensure that they continue to meet standards of purity and sustainability. Then, they infuse selected herbs into aloe vera and into skin nutritive oils for up to 30 days at low heat (never over 95°). These infusions are used as a potent base for all Annmarie Skin Care products. Finally, selected natural plant extracts, high antioxidant plant and seed oils, skin supporting nutrients, and aromatherapy are added to create active and effective natural products. Next, we’ll discuss the formulation details behind each of the key products in the Annmarie Skin Care line.
Annmarie Skin Care Anti-Aging Facial Oil helps to reduce signs of aging thanks to antioxidant-rich seed oils like chia, goji berry, and broccoli. Antioxidants help to limit oxidative damage caused by free radicals, the unstable molecules that contribute to the formation of premature wrinkles and fine lines on the skin. In addition, chia seed oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B3, and zinc, which all promote healthier, more resilient skin. Goji berry oil contains essential trace minerals, amino acids, and vitamin C. Another key ingredient is jojoba oil, which closely resembles your skin’s natural oil. It helps to balance oil production as well as soften and condition mature skin.
Key ingredients in the Anti-Aging Eye Cream include coenzyme Q10, cucumber extract, damas rose plant cells, and sweet iris plant cells. Coenzyme Q10, also known as ubiquinone, is a coenzyme needed to help generate energy in your cells. It’s involved in making adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is often called the “energy currency of life”. Coenzyme Q10 also serves as an antioxidant and protects cells from oxidative damage. When applied to the skin, the coenzyme Q10 in this eye cream provides cells with energy to build collagen and elastin, which provides strength and elasticity to the skin. Cucumber extract has anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties, which is perfect for the delicate skin of the eye area.
Annmarie Skin Care Illuminating Pearl Mask features key ingredients such as mountain wildflower honey, turmeric, and pearl powder. Honey delivers complex nutrients and also functions as a humectant, thereby increasing skin’s hydration. Turmeric contains bioactive compounds that provide anti-inflammatory and skin-calming effects. When applied to the skin, pearl powder calms redness and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth. There are also skin-brightening ingredients in this mask, such as uva ursi and licorice extract. Both are known to help reduce the appearance of dark spots and improve uneven skin tone.
One drawback with Annmarie Skin Care products is that nearly all of them contain fragrant essential oils, such as lavender, lemon balm, frankincense, citrus fruit extracts, and more. Many essential oils are known to have antioxidant properties, however, they are also well known to cause sensitization and irritation. In addition, the various citrus oils can cause a phototoxic reaction when skin is exposed to sunlight. This is something to be cautious of when using Annmarie Skin Care products, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Annmarie Skin Care reviews are overall very positive, with each of the key products mentioned above receiving an average of nearly 5 out of 5 stars after hundreds of customer reviews. Reviews for the Anti-Aging Facial Oil mention that this oil absorbs quickly and does not feel greasy. It is said to be very moisturizing and helps the skin to achieve a glow, however, some reviewers mention that the scent is quite strong. Reviews for the Anti-Aging Eye Cream mention that it is very moisturizing and not greasy, and that it helps to soothe the delicate skin of the eye area. Reviews for the Illuminating Pearl Mask mention that it leaves skin soft and smooth, and also helps to reduce signs of aging such as lines and wrinkles. Once again, some reviewers say that the scent of this product is quite strong.