Zelens Triple Action Advanced Eye Cream – Review

imageIt was a sad day when this fabulous eye cream came to an end. For a small little pot (15ml) it lasted me over 5 months of twice daily use. You really only need the smallest amount, and thank goodness for that because it is most definitely a luxury buy at £75 (!!!).

For this reason I would only recommend to those with substantial beauty budgets, or serious concerns for their eye area. My eye area concerns really only extend to hydration and plumping out fine lines and wrinkles, I don’t currently have puffiness or dark circles (probably jinxing it) although I believe this cream is excellent for both of those. As a hydrating eye cream this works wonders and the added silicones act as a great primer for the eye area, making makeup application smooth and easy.

The product is filled with really impressive ingredients including various antioxidants, botanical extracts, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and peptides. One such peptide is a non toxic form of topical botox, encouraging your muscles to relax and move less, therefore reducing the depth of wrinkles and preventing new ones. But don’t let that worry you, the effect is subtle and in no way comparable to getting the real thing! Your face will not be in any way ‘frozen’.  Zelens also have a great section on their website called the Zelens Garden, where they go into a lot of detail about the different plant extracts used, it’s worth a peruse, HERE.

Next up on my radar is to try more Zelens skincare, as well as their new-ish makeup range. Zelens is available from SpaceNK, BeautyBay or their website (among others).

FOR SMALLER BUDGETS…

If you are looking for a good hydrating eye cream to suit a smaller budget, I recommend trying the Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream. It offers lasting hydration that sinks in beautifully and leaves a lovely plump feeling. It contains some excellent ingredients like rosehip oil, coconut oil, hyaluronic acid and cucumber oil to mention just a few – a great product, and only £20 (15ml).

Also great and for a smaller share of your cash is the NUXE Prodigieux Eye Contour (15ml) for £18.50. It contains hyaluronic acid for hydrating, and antioxidants and caffeine for puffiness and dark circles.  NUXE is available on most online beauty sites, as well as M&S , Space NK and independent pharmacies. Oh and this eye cream smells divine!

 

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Powder exfoliators: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant & Indeed exfoliator

For the last couple of years I have found manual scrubs more and more abrasive, and have instead moved onto enzymatic formulas as they are more gentle and offer the same results without scratching my skin. My long time favourite is Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (£41.30), a rice bran based powder exfoliator that you add to water to to create a paste, as thin or thick as you like. Recently Indeed Labs has brought out their own version, Exfoliator (£18.99).imageBoth products come in similar containers and work in similar ways. They are both rice bran based and therefore create a similar creamy consistency. Daily Microfoliant contains a whole host of ingredients to exfoliate, reduce pigmentation and calm, including salicylic acid, licorice, and green tea. For me this formula has been a super gentle and effective way to reduce pigmentation, which I can suffer quite badly from in summer.

Indeeds’ Exfoliator contains some more recently acclaimed skincare heroes, hyaluronic acid and red algae, both praised for their moisture retaining abilities, which is quite unexpected but welcomed for a powder based exfoliator. The formula when mixed with water, is very creamy and skin is definitely left feeling smooth and hydrated – no tight feeling. The immediate difference is that the Exfoliator also contains micro beads, as an additional exfoliating ingredient to the rice bran and pineapple enzymes. Usually, as mentioned above, I’m not a big fan of physical scrubs, but in this formula there are only a small number of micro beads and they are smooth and tiny – so no scratching here.

Overall the Exfoliator is a great product that performs well when compared to to the Daily Microfoliant. I will need to use it throughout the summer to know for sure that it can reduce, and keep pigmentation at bay, but when you consider that the Exfoliator is less than half the price, it’s a smart alternative.

Medik8 Hydr8 Skin Rehydration Serum B5

I was very lucky to receive a wonderful sample pack from Medik8. So far I have only had time to try the Hydr8 Rehydration Serum, and it is fabulous!
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As you can see they offer a range of serums designed to Prevent, Correct and Hydrate. Hydration is my first concern, so I gravitated to this serum first. The consistency is thin and gel-like. It contains wonder ingredient, hyaluronic acid, for intensive moisturisation and vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), helpful in wound healing, acne and anti ageing.

The gel melts into the skin, absorbing instantly and leaving it supple and refreshed. My regular day and night treatments go on easily over it, with no strange interactions, and my skin feels super hydrated. This is a great daily serum for anyone with dry skin, or as a special treatment during long drying winters.

Hydr8 B5 can be bought online from Medik8’s website for £38 (30ml)

I am really excited to try out the rest of the serums, starting with the CE-Tetra Pro-Collagen Synthesis Super Antioxidant Serum – it contains a potent mix of vitamins C and E to reduce skin pigmentation (my achilles heal), oxidative damage, and stimulate collagen production – what’s not to like?

For more information on Medik8 serums, check out their website.

INDEED Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask vs. Cel-Derma Ideal Radiance Hydrogel Mask

The latest trend in face masks coming out of Asia is physical masks for once-off use. Luckily for me, my colleague Emily gave me one to try from South Korea, the Cel-Derma Ideal Radiance Hydrogel Mask. INDEED have just released their version, the Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask – below I put them both to the test (so you don’t have to!)

Beware, unflattering photos to follow…

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Both masks come in individual packets for once off use. They both recommend applying to clean skin for anywhere from 15-40 minutes.

From an ingredient perspective, the Cel-Derma contains hyaluronic acid (hydration), pearl powder (anti-blemish), adenosine (anti-wrinkle) and many other moisturising and anti-blemish ingredients. The mask that I tried is ‘Season 5’, and judging by their US website they now have a ‘Season 6‘ mask.

The INDEED mask heroes hyaluronic acid, in fact ‘next generation 3D hyaluronic acid’ (not 100% sure how this differs from normal hyaluronic acid). Both masks claim to make your skin smoother, softer and more hydrated, and reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles – all of which, I am happy to report, they both do. The Cel-Derma also has a whitening effect, which I assume targets hyper-pigmentation.

The only, although massive, difference I noticed was in the material used for the masks.

CEL-DERMA

The Cel-Derma uses a thicker material, as you can see from the picture below, which keeps the hydrogel formula close to the skin, where it reacts to the skin temperature. It’s all a bit sciencey, but what you will notice is that this mask sits flush and comfortably on the skin, and offers a nice cooling effect. The mask is also broken into two parts, one for the top and bottom parts of the face. This allows the mask to fit snuggly on most face shapes, as you can overlap parts to make it fit. The mask is very comfortable to wear and doesn’t dry out – you can pretty much continue as you would, without being forced to sit still or lie down for the 40 minutes.

 

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The results were amazing. I noticed my skin felt cool, and more hydrated than I have ever felt it. Fine lines and even some of my deeper frown and smile lines appeared reduced. Cel-Derma claims that the increased hydration lasts for up to 48 hours which I definitely experienced. It is a great mask to use just before an important event, because it will have a marked impact on your appearance. I used one this weekend, only 90 mins before a birthday party, and it created the perfect base for my make-up with no strange reaction to my foundation at all.

 

INDEED

As you can see from the (hideous) pictures below, the materials are completely different. The INDEED mask was much thinner and had more of wet paper/fabric feel. It comes in one piece, which I didn’t like so much, because as you can see I couldn’t get it to fit properly and spent ages trying to adjust it! Still there were air bubbles in certain areas, and as the time went on, bits of the mask started drying and raising off my skin. To be fair the instructions say to use for 15 minutes, so I was probably overdoing it. I also noticed that there was a little area at the side of my nose which I should have broken for a better fit, but still I maintain that the fit wasn’t great!

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To be honest I was quite disappointed with the INDEED mask from a user-friendliness perspective, and I was worried that my skin wasn’t getting all the benefits as the mask wasn’t fitting properly, but in the end after removing the mask, my word did my skin feel AMAZING! There was a drastic difference in how hydrated my skin felt, and a new dewiness and glow.

 

So although the process wasn’t as easy or pleasant with the INDEED mask, the results were as fabulous as those with the Cel-Derma. Overall I think these masks are the most effective way to boost your skins hydration and health in under an hour, and would definitely recommend both. Look out for the INDEED masks for £19.99 for a pack of 4 at Boots, and the Cel-Derma are available to buy online, your best bet is ebay.

I am sure that soon there will be a lot more of these coming into the market, so keep an eye out!