Thursday, 4 May 2017

Part 1: Zelens Hydro Shiso Balancing Moisturiser

This is part 1 of my post about 2 Zelens skincare products I have been using over the last few months. Both of which have very different outcomes for me.

A little bit of background on the brand - Dr Marko Lens is the founder of Zelens, he applies his 20 years’ experience as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon into creating effective, innovative products which are both scientifically and botanically formulated without the use of animal testing or parabens. He is renowned for his knowledge in skin aging and skin cancer and continues to do clinical research in these fields. His study of Japanese Kampo medicine which is based on the powerful healing properties of botanicals clearly influences the ingredients within his products, these areas combined are what led me to having an interest in the brand.

Zelens states that each product undergoes independent clinical testing where the proof can be found on their website. Having had a look at the ‘clinical proof’ I found that it isn’t available for all products and the information isn’t given for this particular moisturiser. 15 out of the 23 products have this but I wouldn’t know how accurate the studies are. I’d like to think that the percentages given are a true depiction of the results, but who knows. 

Now onto the product itself, Hydro Shiso is a lightweight cream that is fortified with a ‘unique bioavailable lipid complex’ (I have no idea what that actually means but it sounds good :/) Ultimately it’s designed to prevent moisture loss, boost hydration and help maintain the skin’s moisture balance. Which is exactly what all moisturisers should do if you ask me, but not all brands get it right! Dr Marko Lens you most certainly have! The main active ingredient in this is the Shiso Leaf which acts as an antioxidant and helps prevent reactive skin and soothes sensitivity. Amongst other ingredients there is the inclusion of Cocoa and Cupuacu butters which initially put me off purchasing, but I have had no problems with breakouts so don’t let that stop you from trying this. These primarily come together to increase softness and promote skin elasticity.

Without beating around the bush, I can say hands down this is one of the best moisturisers I’ve tried which is slightly annoying considering it costs in the region of £50! I have always struggled to find a daytime moisturiser which sits nicely on the skin without turning me into a greaseball hours later. I can now sing hallelujah as this one fits that category completely!

Upon contact the cream melts into skin, absorbing beautifully leaving a smooth satin finish providing the perfect base for makeup. I can even skip primer with this! In my opinion this is perfect for combination/oily skins but it might not be hydrating enough for drier complexions. Although you wouldn’t want to spend a lot of money on this only to alter it I would recommend blending in a couple of drops of facial oil if you suffer with drier skin. It mixes with oils seamlessly, providing added nutritional benefits and of course adding further hydration.

In terms of scent, its fresh and light, although it does contain fragrance it isn’t top of the list and it hasn’t given me any problems. It smells exactly as I would want a moisturiser to smell if that makes sense?!

Guaranteed this is a lot of money to spend on a day cream especially one that doesn’t ‘do’ anything fancy, but for me the search for a good daytime moisturiser has been a long one, and this fits the bill perfectly. It also works well as a night cream, I find I use this when I want something simple and gentle so to speak. I will repurchase at some point I’m sure, but I am near the end of finishing this tube and I have a few other moisturisers I want to try!

Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Pentaerythrityl Distearate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Perilla Frutescens Leaf Extract, Phospholipids, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sphingolipids, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Myristyl Malate Phosphonic Acid, Tocopherol, Polyacrylamide, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Parfum (Fragrance), Sorbitan Oleate, Laureth-7, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Sorbitan Laurate, Sodium Levulinate, Potassium Sorbate, Linalool, Tromethamine.

Have you tried this or anything from the Zelens range? I would love to know your thoughts and recommendations! You can buy Hydro Shiso for £55 from Look Fantastic, link here

Thanks for reading xx

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