Thursday, 3 March 2016

What to Buy? Zelens

Zelens is one of the most-requested brands for the 'What to Buy?' series. Founded by Dr. Marko Lens, it combines cutting-edge science with the most beautiful plant ingredients, which, when combined, give outstanding products that really perform. It is worth noting that Dr Lens performs and publishes clinical trials on every product. This is no mamby-pamby 'buy it off a chemist and stick a label on it' Dr range.

The Can't Live Without:


This will come as no surprise to regular readers. I have written about Z Luminous Brightening Serum on numerous occasions, and safe to say, if you have pigmentation issues, this might be what you need. The main review is here again for you. Love it. End of.

Z Luminous Brightening Serum is £135.00 for 30ml and available here in the UK and $260.00 and available here in the USA


The Acid:


Obviously there has to be an acid. Dr Lens hates glycolic, so these PHA Bio-Peel Resurfacing Facial Pads are perfect for those of you that feel the same, or are simply intolerant to it. Polyhydroxy acids combined with alpha and beta hydroxy acids make these pads a moisture magnet as well as an exfoliator that resurfaces and provides antioxidant protection. A must-have. Well, another one..... 

Bio-Peel Resurfacing Facial Pads are £65.00 for 50 pads and available here in the UK and $95.00 here in the USA.


The New Kids in Town:

The High Potency Treatment Drops may be new, but they are already on the must-have list. And back-ups. I genuinely cannot pick between the three so thought I'd give you a very brief synopsis on each:


Power A
This contains time-released encapsulated retinol and two retinoids to refine, smooth skin texture, reduce the appearance of the visible signs of ageing and help clear blemishes and skin imperfections. Super powerful, but super gentle, this causes me no irritation at all, but do bear in mind that I have been using retinols for a long time. (You should be fine.) No synthetic colours, fragrances or carrier oils. Perfect for ageing, acne, dullness, essentially everything you want from one product. 

Power C
This powerhouse is 20% vitamin C in an extremely stable formulation, meaning you get the amazing benefits of vitamin C without having to worry about it going rancid, or just not working on the skin, as so often happens. It promotes skin firmness and elasticity, brightens the complexion and provides insanely strong antioxidant protection against free radicals. I use this during the day under moisturiser. 
FAB. U. LOUS.
Best for? All skins, especially dull. And a must-have if you live in an urban area.

Power D
The one you didn't know you needed because it hadn't been invented. I use this as a bandage. Literally. I use this one the morning after my retin-a cream, I use it if I'm not getting enough sun (ALLTHELIVELONGDAY), and I use it to 'fatten up' my wrinkles the way a step machine fattens up your bum. 
Immense for strong, elasticised, protected, gorgeous skin. It replenishes lipids and fortifies skin barrier function, helping build the skin’s resilience against environmental aggressors and stressed conditions, including acne and things like perioral dermatitis. (This is not in the official literature, it's my experience - just an fyi.)

The Treatment Drops are priced between £110.00 and £125.00 for 30ml and are exclusive to SpaceNK here. 
*Once you start you will want them all. Please note: These are slow burn products. It's not an instant fix. I've been testing mine for three months, just to be clear.



The No-brainer:
Triple Action Advanced Eye Cream is synonymous with best seller lists worldwide and for good reason. This instantly soothes, smoothes and firms the eye area. Great for puffiness due to its light texture, this is loaded with 4 peptides, hyaluronic acid, caffeine, natural sugars and marine collagen. Bliss in a pot. You don't need to, but in the summer mine lives in the fridge. It doesn't affect the performance, it just feels lush.

Triple Action Eye Cream is £75.00 for 15ml and available from Cult Beauty here and $145.00 from Barneys here.


As this is supposed to be cherry-picking, I made myself choose one moisturiser, and while it could so easily have been 3T or Z Matrix, or the SPF, in the end I went for the first one I thought of, which was Stem Complex.


Technically, Stem Complex is an overnight treatment, not just a 'moisturiser', but if I had to pick, and could only take one moisturising-type product away with me, it would be this. To call this just 'anti-ageing' would be an insult. It is loaded with active ingredients, so many are there, that I am linking directly to the page here, so that you can read for yourself: zelens.com/stem complex
This, on top of the Power A Drops, is the stuff of dreams. Make sure you're cleansed, exfoliated, acid'ed (so not a word I know) and then go in with the drops, followed by this. Gorgeous.

Stem Complex is £185.00 for 50ml and available here in the UK and $315.00 in the USA here.








*Not a sponsored post. I have no business relationship with Zelens and haven't had for over two years so chill your tits.
Some links may be affiliates.

62 comments:

  1. I thought you weren't a fan of stem cells? Please correct me if I'm wrong. And also, do you think the Antioxidant serum from Zelens is better or should I get the C Treatment drops? I'd also love to know your thoughts on the Balancing Moisturiser from Zelens! Can't seem to find it anywhere. Thanks and love your latest vlog. :) Cheers x

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    1. Josh - i read the website description for the stem complex, it does not actually include vegetable stem cells rather ingredients that help with your natural stem cell repairing? now i really want to try this!

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    2. Hi Josh! No you're right. My issue with stem cells is when brands tell customers that the plant stem cells they use in their products change the dna in human stem cells. That is not what Zelens does or says! :)

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    3. That makes sense :) Thanks for the reply Caroline, week has been made!

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  2. holy moly those ££££!!! budget versions of these if any. just wow st the price 😢

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    1. Yep they are definitely premium. :)

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    2. I suffer from the same lack of spare cash Kate. I like Deciem stuff, the Hylamide range, and I'd like to try NIOD but unfortunately at the moment I can't even afford that. There are other choices out there (particularly it seems in the US, annoyingly - or luckily for you if that's where you are based) and I would say to you, start doing A LOT of research and looking at lots of blogs and vlogs.

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    3. If on a budget I would check out some of the Korean brands like Mizon and TonyMoly. They have some very hi tech formulas and serums with reasonable prices.

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    4. I agree that this stuff sounds awesome but unfortunately it's way out of my budget.

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  3. The eye cream is holy grail for me. I'm onto my fifth tub of the stuff and pretty much refuse to use anything else! My dark circles are HORRIBLE when I don't use it, so it 100% works. Love Z matrix too. Bought the brightening serum but then went on Roaccutane so will resume use once I'm off it!

    Fantastic brand.

    Helen at thelovecatsinc.com

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    1. Does the serum cause any acne or is it greasy?

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  4. With the power retin A is that the same as using a prescription strength product? Seriously want all of these xx

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    1. Nothing is as strong as prescription. It's a drug. :)

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  5. I would love to try the vitamin d, but to rich for my U.S wallet..:-)..thank you caroline, I love your posts they are always so honest and informative..I always learn something

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  6. I recently discovered your blog/ videos and have binge watched them all. Or almost all. Really.
    I thought I was in pretty good shape with my skincare, but you have changed everything. Hello acid toners! And serums. Thank you for all of your candid advice, reviews and recommendations. But most importantly for your humor. You are hilarious and brilliant. Larry from NYC.

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  7. I love me some Zelens, but the prices are prohibitive. I loved the Sun Screen and then they raised the price. Then they discontiniued my favorite cleansing milk. Rude! However, I do love how inventive he is and always seems to be ahead of the game with innovative products! He's adorable as well.

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  8. Thank you so much for this post Caroline I was waiting to hear your thoughts on the Zelens oils, not sure which to start with as it looks like I need all three😊 Just one question which oil would you use on the night you are using retin A please and thank you💐

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  9. Are these power drops available in US?

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  10. Are you a fan of the hydro-sisho balancing moisturiser?
    I bought it a few months back & have been alternating it between this & KS Nourish (backups are ALWAYS a must!)

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  11. Hi do you use the drops in place of a serum or in addition?

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  12. Hi do you use the drops in place of a serum or in addition?

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  13. I am confused. What is the difference between a sponsored post and an affiliate link? You make money if people buy through your link? Both seem like a way for you to make money. honestly just trying to understand how this works

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    1. Hi Applepie! Long time no hear. :)
      Sponsored post or 'ad' means that the brand paid me to feature them and had some control over what I wrote, usually it just means they want you to exclude competitors in the same post etc.. I literally won't do sponsored posts on anything that wants more restrictions - because what's the point? They may as well take an ad out on the home page instead.
      Affiliates are links that generate a small % from the retailers should anyone purchase anything as a result of this blog post.
      They have nothing to do with the brand or the content of the blog. Hope that makes sense but feel free to fire away if not. I try and be as transparent as possible. X

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    2. Sort of get it. The whole world of beauty and fashion blogging is a world onto its own. I just think readers want to know upfront what the blogger's relationship is with the products they tout. Anyway I bought the Luminous Serum (a big splurge for me) used it every day for 6 months followed always by sunscreen etc. No results. I am already seeing results in a week with the Drunk Elephant products (and no I don't work for them-lol). Spring is a busy time for me! :-)

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    3. Did you use the Drunk Elephant straight after Luminous finished?

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    4. And what did you get from Drunk Elephant Applepie? I considered it but their 'blacklisted' page infuriated me so I didn't. :)
      Maybe I'll give them a go.

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    5. Yes I started it two weeks after. I bought their glowy set. Use the glycolic serum and oil at night and the Vit C serum in the am. What is a blacklist?

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    6. Black list: harmful ingredients.

      retinol :)

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    8. Thanks. I didnot notice that on their site! Retinal is great in my opinion!

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    9. Retinol is amazing. That blacklist is awful. But I AM going to try the products - despite the mumbo jumbo

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    10. Sorry autocorrect is not my friend! I look forward to hearing what you think of DE.

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  14. Hi Caroline love your blog I can't believe Ive only recently found it (where the hell have I been!) I'm off to New York in a few weeks and would love to know what is worth stocking up on?

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  15. What a great post! Thank you! I already had the Zelens pads on my wish list.. And it looks like a few of these bad boys will be making their way in their too!

    Anyway, I am just wondering, could you possibly please add Ole Henrikson to your list? I am very curious to see what your essentials are from the brand. Thank you so much!

    Alannah :)

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    1. Ooh yes good one! Thank you.

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    2. Would love to see a feature on Skinceuticals please. Have just finished a bottle of the aox eye gel and apart from strong smell was great. Their retinol is one of the best.

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  16. Would love to get these but can't justify a product that is more than £100. enjoy your blog, can live vicariously through you I suppose!

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  17. Would you recommend the power a for younger skin I'm 20 my skin is very blemish prone and dull at the moment xx

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  18. All sound like amazing products, Caroline, could you post a blogpost on Retinols for beginners & when to move onto the next level Retinols .. Thanks so much ;)

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  19. I'm forever on the hunt for a brilliant eye cream, so this one will be added to my wish list. I have the pads (from your cult box) and I love them!
    The Beauty Bloss

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  20. I'm definitely going to have to try a few of these products! I have been thinking about trying Luna for awhile, but maybe I'll try the Power A instead.

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  21. I'll preface this to say I have no gripe whatsoever with Dr. Marko (in fact he seems to be from around my parts so bok :) But one thing I don't understand with the high end/luxury brands is the lack of starter kits. I think I saw Tata Harper has one and dr. Marko has one too, but overall usually you have to go to a department store or somesuch to try it out.

    That is - if you can manage to get the SA to spare you some samples. Don't know about UK, but here (Croatia)? They are super SUPER stingy with samples. Even if I end up buying something, more often than not you get nothing. One time I did get a sample (almost passed out from the shock), I did end up purchasing the full size product because I loved it so much.

    If I'm going to fork a lot of money for a serum/eye cream/whatever (and upwards of a Ł100 is a LOT), you can be damn sure I want to try it out beforehand.

    That's why I love Korean retailers, they are generous with samples. Snail goo? Have a sample. CC cream? Have a sample. Essence? Have a sample.

    So yeah, brands? Starter kits would be nice :)

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    1. Yes to starter kits and companies HAVING to provide samples and full ingredient lists on requests - Keihls always used to give out generous 5ml sample sachets years ago but now they are owned by L'Oreal they seem to have got a bit less generous. I can't believe brands expect people to pay upwards of £100 for products without having decent sized samples to try ( though I realise that a lot of the "free samples" end up on eBay for daft prices ( Good Genes samples for £20 lol)

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    2. Totally agree! Samples, minis and kits please!

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  22. Could you please explain what ingredient in the vitamin C oil is responsible for the 20% vitamin c? Usually it's quite obvious and lists 'ascorbic acid' a la ce ferulic but isn't the case fir this. Just curious. Thanks!

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  23. I want everything... I'm going to need to start saving up. I'm still a teenager, but I'm trying to get a head start with good skincare habits & some preventative measures to delay the aging process so I don't regret slacking on my skincare when I'm 35+. Caroline, I'd really appreciate if you could make a little list of affordable & potent: serums, treatments, peels, etc because my skin isn't very sensitive so it can handle it. I really want to try Zelens & buy more ColbertMD, SkinCeuticals, etc. but i just don't have the money for all of those products so if you could suggest some potent but affordable products under $75 I'd really appreciate it. x

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    1. You don't need all this stuff as a teenager, your skin is still lush, enjoy it! The best thing you can do for your skin right now is eat well, don't smoke and use sunscreen. And don't use harsh stripping scrubs or cleansers etc.

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  24. Ooooooh why so expensive!! Not a criticism of you Caroline, great article, just shaking my fist at a universe that makes me love premium products, without a premium income! :-)
    These are all for my wishlist!

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  25. Hi! Are the drops delivered in a serum form or an oil? I'd love to find a good retinol to put under my Vitner's Daughter and pretend I'm rich. Glorious.

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  26. Why the "chill your tits?" comment in your "disclosure"?

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  27. Why the "chill your tits" comment at the end in your "disclosure"?

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  28. Hi Caroline I love your blog and YouTube channel. Could you please do a video on men's skin my other half is using all my skincare, I would love to get him his own routine! X

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  29. Hi Caroline you are my skincare goddess!!! I love your blog YouTube & Instagram. My problem is my other half he is always using my skincare could you do a men's skincare routine, I know that some products may overlap but I'd love for him to have his own products & routine!

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  30. I'm confused regarding the ingredients of the new Zelens products- the boosters. If Space NK's ingredient lists for these products are true then I have so many questions...

    (1) For the vitamin C booster- There's sterol complex and following that is Omega3-6 then glycolipids. Where's he vitamin C?!( ie. Ascorbyl glucoside, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbic acid, etc)? Surely they aren't referring to kale!

    (2) Vitamin A: Retinol is there but I'm personally confused by the vague listing of 'retinoids', how on earth do we know which two retinoids are in it? Retinoid is a class of chemicals not the chemicals themselves specifically!

    I'm so confused,,, either space nk's got it wrong or they have got it wrong. The ordering of ingredients of course makes it slightly harder- are they in concentration order or alphebetical order?! ( Goldfaden does the latter, it's annoying)

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  31. good morning, thank you so much for all this advice... I had a question about the Brightening Serum and the Vitamin C drops... would you use them together or either one or the other... I am looking for something to wear under my moisturiser in the morning... thank you.

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  32. Apart from being around 25% thicker mens skin is pretty much the same as women's so if it works out cheaper to share products between you then stick with that. Unless he is stealing all your £200 serum in which case...a cleansing balm followed by an acid like pixi or clarins and then a light to medium weight moisturiser with spf is probably enough.

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  33. Love this post about Zelens. When you have time can you research Zelens Z-22 Absolute Face Oil. What age group and skin concern/type this would be best for and how this would be best used in with other skin care.

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  34. Love your blog to bits! So Caroline, if there IS an answer to this question I am dying to know the answer... Could you a suggest a brand comparable to Zelens that you love as much that is still high end but not as astronomically priced as Zelens? I stick to mostly high end products as I believe a lot are worth the money and willing to drop some serious cash on them but this is just too spendy for me so that's saying a lot! While I love high end skincare I also love to have a roof over my head and eat ha! Would love to know of lines that are 'head to head' to this one in terms of quality without the chemicals but not 'head to head' with cost ;) Cheers.

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  35. Do you use the vit drops as a boost along with xelen reg serum eg vit A at night with youth one. If not which one is best to use. Same with vit C and brightening seem similar so confused as how to use. Thanks

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