5 posts tagged "Zelens"
It’s often hard to put in the time it takes to see a skincare product through to its full potential, to stay loyal to a single bottle, or tub, or tube for the full three to four weeks it typically takes to witness visible results. It’s even harder when you’re a beauty editor and tens of hundreds of different creams and salves cross your desk on any given day. During my specific tenure at this specific desk, however, I’ve found that I’m way more diligent about sticking to a skincare regimen when I’m traveling, so that’s when I do most of my “testing,” as it were—and how I ultimately fell for Zelens Stem Complex Rejuvenating Overnight Treatment.
The love affair began back in December, on board a Celebrity Cruise ship (believe it), where I was holed up for a week in between day trips to Nassau and Jamaica. After multiple hours on deck and countless applications of sunscreen, I couldn’t wait to wash my face and treat it to Dr. Marko Lens’ velvety gel that truly made me look and feel refreshed when I’d wake up in the morning. I initially attributed that to the much-needed tan I took home with me from the Caribbean, and I put the preview sample I garnered prior to the cream’s spring release back in my carry-on, where it stayed until I hit my next destination, Rockport, Maine, where I spent the holiday following that short stint of life at sea. There, too, I relished in slathering the product onto my winter-weary complexion every night before an unexpectedly early bedtime (and even earlier wake-up calls, thanks to a particularly excited 7-year-old on Christmas morning). I was back on the road the following week, home with my family, this time in Philadelphia, and that’s when the revelation hit me—or hit everyone around me: The general consensus was that my skin looked “glowing.” And it did. Brighter, tighter, plumper, and altogether less, well, drained.
“If you want to make your stem cells work, you need to give them good conditions,” Dr. Lens explained to me when I recently had the pleasure of thanking him profusely for the product’s transformative powers. “During the day, you don’t have that. [You] are fighting environmental factors. It’s much easier to target and stimulate stem cells at night,” he continued of the hot-button topic pertaining to premature sites that can develop into any type of cell that we need. His main goal was to stimulate these cells with a revolutionary mix of active peptides that boost their regenerative properties, rather than to re-create them or substitute them with popular plant stem cells, which the good doctor is not a fan of. “I don’t believe in plant stem cells, simply because they are from a plant. They have nothing to do with our real stem cells. They’re just cells from the stems of the plants, rather than the leaves, et cetera, and [they're] dead. They have some soothing properties for the skin, but no more than that.” Sound science aside, it’s the texture of the cream itself, which is an incredibly luxurious treat before bedtime, that kept me coming back in those cold winter months—and will continue to make it a must during these long summer nights.
One of the main reasons we would probably never find ourselves with a permanent L.A. address is the lack of changing seasons. (Truth: The traffic is also a major deterrent.) Our bodies feel somehow off balance without that temperate shift, even when it does happen in the dramatic fashion typical of New York. But while our body clock has always functioned better with seasonal changes, our skin, most definitely has not, particularly, say, right about now. The physical effects of the arrival of cold weather have always been a bit seismic (read: hypersensitized with a semi-permanent veil of redness), so it was with great anticipation that we greeted the arrival of Zelens’ latest product designed especially with repair in mind. A superrich, concentrated formula packed with peptides, hyaluronic acid, and time-honored soothers like vitamin E, olive oil, and arnica, the new Z Recovery Intensive Repair Balm has an immediate “ah” effect on your complexion. While it may be a touch too dense for daylong wear, there is nothing more ideal than patting on a slender layer before hitting the sack. Take that, winter.
This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail celia _ellenberg@fairchildfashion.
I’m ready for my first laser treatment and want to know how best to proceed as far as treating my lingering dark spots quickly, efficiently, and with the least downtime. Is Fraxel my best bet?
I am not a big fan of Fraxel as it is painful, and frankly I have not seen that it gives any better results than a standard chemical peel. It’s non-invasive and effectively removes dark spots and resurfaces the skin, but the skin really looks sunburnt for a week. Furthermore, it’s considerably more expensive than a peel. I quite like customized chemical peels that combine alpha and beta hydroxy acids together with TCA [trichloracetic acid]. The combination of acids exfoliates the skin and removes dead cells, but it also resurfaces while removing dark spots caused by hyperpigmentation. Based on the concentration of the acids that we are combine, we can determine the depth of the peel and customize it to the patient’s needs. It’s excellent and a much cheaper alternative to Fraxel.
Dr. Marko Lens is a consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon and an internationally renowned expert in the field of skin cancer and skin aging. A fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Dr. Lens works out of his own private practice in London, where his extensive research into the process of skin aging led him to create Zelens, a range of advanced cosmeceuticals that utilize potent plant-derived ingredients spiked with biotechnological actives.
Zelens, the high-end skincare brand dreamt up by dapper British plastic surgeon Dr. Marco Lens, has its fair share of ardent devotees. Case in point: A former co-worker (with a seriously amazing complexion) was so hooked on the brand, she not-so-briefly considered naming her first child Zelens—true story! What is it about the well-researched lineup with a unique complex of multiple ingredients that work in synergy to protect, regenerate, and repair the skin that inspires such fervor? Unlike many of its spendy competitors, it’s more than just smoke and mirrors—i.e., it actually works. Now, at long last, there are new offerings to obsess over. Dr. Lens has just debuted a trio of products that includes the Radiance Luminous Facial Cleanser, which was inspired by traditional Japanese bathing rituals and features camellia oil and pearl extracts to hydrate and cleanse skin while imbuing it with a natural glow. Then there’s the peptide-packed Triple-Action Advanced Eye Cream, which has, as the name implies, multiple purposes and simultaneously acts to bring down puffiness, minimize dark circles, and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Finally, there’s the velvety 3t Complex Essential Anti-Aging Cream, a rich, deeply hydrating concoction with ursolic and hyaluronic acids, vitamin E, rice, and an exotic resin derived from the Guggul tree that has magical plumping powers. Don’t blame us if there’s a boom in babies named Zelens.
$60-$150, available at www.spacenk.com.
SHISO/(Shee-Soh)/n./ 1. An ancient, green-leafed Japanese medicinal plant typically used in a variety of Asian cuisines and commonly called Aoshiso, or Perilla, as it is known in North America; /n./ 2. A popular garnish for sushi; /n./ 3. A potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-allergenic agent that can brighten skin by fending off free radicals and enhancing collagen production, e.g., “A chic, exotic spice akin to basil or mint, shiso’s real kick is its ability to increase skin radiance and promote smooth texture.”
Try It: Zelens Radical Defense Serum, $200, www.zelens.com