My skincare routine has been taken over by Zelens lately. After falling in love with their Vitamin C serum and really digging their algae cream (it’s one of the few algae creams really worth trying, imo), I thought I’d explore the rest of the line, too. Because, why not?
Z Detox Clarifying Foaming Cleanser
Z Detox Clarifying Foaming Cleanser is the coolest foaming cleanser I’ve ever come across.
You know how you need to mix the cleanser with water to make it foam? Not this. Z Detox comes out of the bottle in a cloud of foam. It’s the action of the bottle dispenser that turns it into a lather (or so I’m told).
In case you’re wondering, yep, it works just as well as any other foaming cleanser. It easily removes dirt, grime and most makeup from the skin without leaving it feeling tight and dry.
Its secret is the combination of Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate and Cocamidopropyl Betaine, two gentle surfactants (ingredients that help water mix with oil and dirt so they can be rinsed away) derived from coconut.
Both are way gentler than more common surfactants like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. That means that it takes them a bit more effort to get all the makeup off your face but, when they’re done, there’s no hint of dryness anywhere.
I don’t use it to remove my makeup, though. I prefer to use it it in the morning, when there’s not much to remove in the first place, and as the second step of double cleansing at night. It always leaves my skin clean, bright and soft.
Transformer Instant Renewal Mask Ingredients
Dr Lens, founder of Zelens, HATES Glycolic Acid. I don’t. I’m a HUGE fan. But, I must admit he has a point. GA is awesome at exfoliating skin and pumping up collagen production, but it can be irritating (it’s why I NEVER recommend it to sensitive skin).
So, what does he uses instead? Lactobionic Acid. LA belongs to the Polyhydroxy Acids (PHAs) family, a branch of the Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) family. So, yep, it’s related to GA (if you’re behind on the gossip, GA is a AHAs – do you have a headache, yet?).
Alphabet aside, science has shown that 6% Lactobionic Acid gets rid of dead skin cells as well as GA, but without irritating skin. Plus, just like GA, Lactobionic Acid hydrates skin, leaving it softer and smoother.
The best thing about it? It can be used by everyone. It’s compatible with clinically sensitive skin, including rosacea and atopic dermatitis, as well as African American, Caucasian, and Hispanic/Asian skin.
Lactobionic Acid is the key ingredient in the Transformer Instant Renewal Mask, a thick mask with a slightly sticky consistency. I slather a generous amount on my skin and leave it on for 15 minutes.
Triple-Action Advanced Eye Cream
Triple-Action Advanced Eye Cream is my least fave product from the line. But, I may be biased. I’m not a fan of eye creams in general. I just use my face cream all over and call it a day (or night).
This cream has a lightweight, silky cream-gel texture that glides onto the skin smoothly and sinks in immediately. As soon as I apply it, I notice the fine lines around my eyes look a little smaller and the whole area is smoother.
That’s the magic of silicones. They feel in fine lines and wrinkles, reducing their appearance. Silicones also give skin that velvety soft feel I adore. I honestly can’t stop touching my skin when I have them on. lol
But, the effects of silicones are only temporary. Once you wash the cream off, your wrinkles are still there, as big as before. Nothing wrong with that, we all need a quick fix most days. But, for £75.00, we do expect more than this ladies, right?
Enter peptides. Triple Action Advanced Cream contains four:
- Acetyl Octapeptide-3: a.k.a. “Botox in a jar.” Like Botox, it blocks the release of the neurotransmitters that make muscles contract. If they can’t move, they can’t form wrinkles in the long run.
- Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5: it fights puffy eyebags “by working on several mechanisms, like improving the vascular system and strengthening the skin under the eyes preventing fluid accumulation“.
- Palmitoyl Oligopeptide & Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7: they stimulate collagen production and fight inflammation.
The problem with peptides? Most of these studies were done by the manufacturers. They’re promising, but until we have independent research to back them up, I wouldn’t put my faith wholly on peptides.
I can tell you what the cream did for me, though:
- Temporarily reduced the appearance of my fine lines
- Moisturized my skin and made it softer
- Helped depuff my eyes a little
- Absolutely nothing for dark circles
Z-22 Absolute Face Oil
After the “worst” comes the best. This is my fave product. It’s a silky oil that deeply moisturizes skin without leaving a greasy residue behind (mind you, even my t-zone isn’t that oily).
The main oils here are:
- Perilla Frutescens Seed Oil: it’s derived from the seeds of Shiso, (Japanese mint), the richest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids make it very moisturizing and soothing.
- Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ/Bran Oil: rich in B vitamins and vitamin E, it’s very moisturizing.
- Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil: used for centuries by the Geishas of Kyoto, it is loaded with omega-9 fatty acids. It deeply moisturizes skin and boosts collagen production.
Unfortunately, it’s also loaded with citrus oils and lavender, which could irritate sensitive skin. Mine isn’t, so I can safely use it without side effects.
Anyways, oils work because they create a barrier on the skin that slows down water loss. Moisture is now forced to remain into the skin, plumping it up and hydrating it from within.
I use it at night as the last step of my skincare routine to lock in all my serums. When I wake up in the morning, my skin is softer and smoother and has a luminous glow.
Remember when I was complaining Zelens Lip Treatment Oil lasting less than a couple of hours on my lips? I was using it as lip and turns out it’s not a lip balm. Ahem. The Balm is the lip balm in the range.
The Balm uses a mixture of rice bran oil, cocoa butter and shea butter to moisturize your lips. Here’s how it works: these oils and butters form a shield on the skin that keeps moisture in and germs and irritants out.
Yet, it’s not heavy or waxy at all. Its texture feels more like a lightweight cream with a luminous finish to make your pout shine. It keeps my skin soft and kissable for hours – of course, I need to reapply it every now and then. But, not as often as I do the treatment.
Although… if your lips are on the dry and flaky side, I say use them both together. That’ll nurse them back to kissable health that much faster.
The only thing I dislike about it? The packaging. I believe that jar packaging is a pain for lip balm. I need the convenience to apply it in a swipe whenever I want – WITHOUT getting my finger dirty.
Dr Lens sees it differently. He looks at the popularity of By Terry Baume De Rose and thinks the jar packaging is part of its charm.
Maybe. Maybe lots of women like lip balms packaged in jars. I don’t even look at them twice. Ok, I try the odd one when a PR or friend gives it to me and yes, sometimes they turn out to be awesome. But, I would never buy one myself. They’re just not that convenient.
The Bottom Line
Skip the eye cream, get the facial oil. Unless your skin is sensitive. If it is, get your hands on the mask instead. If you can afford the splurge, the rest of the line is a very nice to have, too.
Have you tried Zelens Skincare? If so, what are your fave products? Leave a comment and let me know.