Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Zelens Power D High Potency Provitamin D - the one you didn't know you needed



Describe the brand in five words.
Doctor. Clinical Trials. Quality ingredients.

What is it?
'Supercharged and vitamin-rich, this treatment serum is potent and deeply penetrative – delivering high concentrations of age-defying nutrients to your skin’s lowest levels.'
A hugely fortifying serum/oil.

Who is it for?
Everyone, but especially those with compromised/ageing/exposed/sore/extreme skins - more of which below. 

What’s in it?
Provitamin D (7-Dehydrocholesterol), Phospholipids, Sterol Complex, Sphingolipids, Omega-3 And Omega-6, Soybean Sterols, Glycolipids, Proprietary Botanical Complex, Tripeptide, Chondroitin Sulfate, Hyaluronic Acid, Yeast, Vitamin E, Corn Oil, Geranium Oil

What's not in it?
mineral oil, parabens, silicones, fragrance

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
No. It's the opposite, if you have those problems, this is made for you.

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
Natural and man-made

Tested on animals/sold in territories that advocate testing?
No/No

How does it smell?
Like good quality oils, slightly smelly, in a reassuring way. 

How does it feel on the skin?/Absorption rate?
Depending on the quality of your skin, it either absorbs gently or gets completely sucked in almost on contact.

How do you use it?/Where to use in your routine?
Use it as a serum/oil, either after acid toning, or on its own after cleansing, or on top of moisturiser as a protective barrier.
I use as a serum under moisturiser.

How long before you should see results?
Depends on your skin. If you suffer from a compromised skin barrier, i.e. eczema, severe dry skin, allergies, rashes, acne, thin skin etc, you'll notice a difference immediately. If you have a 'normal' (I hate that word) skin, the effect won't be as obvious straight away, but the protection will be there.

How long did I test it for?
I've used this since they launched in March, but more importantly, I've used it on clients the entire time I've been doing facials and the results are brilliant.

How much is it? /Size/Approximate cost per usage?
£110.00/£185.00 for 30ml. Hard to give an exact cost per usage, as it depends on dose and frequency of use. If you have a really compromised skin, I would use it generously day and night making it last around 5/6 weeks. If you have better skin than that, use it during the day and it should last around 3 months.

What’s good about it?
Literally everything, for a multitude of reasons.
Firstly, it's like a coat of armour for the skin, protecting against all environmental aggressors. It's extremely rich in bio-mimetic lipids, helping maintain optimum moisture balance and thickening the skin.
The key ingredient is the ProVitamin D (7-Dehydrocholesterol). Naturally present in the stratum spinosum and stratum basale of the epidermis as a precursor of Vitamin D. When triggered by sunlight, 7-dehydrocholesterol in the epidermis is converted to vitamin D3. It literally adds vitamin D to your skin. 
That sounds like a lot of science, but in essence it's a brilliant fortifying, strengthening, soothing, softening, calming protective serum. 
By strengthening the epidermis it protects against bacteria infection, which helps prevent acne, perioral dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis from becoming infected. I would absolutely say to check this out if you are going through chemo - I don't say that lightly. If you have ageing skin, especially peri-menopausal onwards, it helps your skin maintain a healthy lipid barrier, something you lose the ability to do yourself as you age. The result is immediately revitalising, plumping out lines and producing the glow and 'oomph' that you may have lost.
It does something for everyone - and heading into winter, it's like walking around with a cashmere blanket on your face and an SAS security team in front of you.

What’s not so good about it?
It's not cheap, but you get what you pay for. Not always, but in this case, absolutely.

Works well with?
Anything. Moisturisers, slightly more active serums, pretty much most products. Used under the Zelens 3T moisturiser it feels like silk.

What’s the website like?
Great. Tons of information, all ingredients listed and alongside them, a description of what they actually do.

Would I purchase/repurchase?
Yes. And I recommend it to my clients every week.


Zelens Power D High Potency Provitamin D is £110/$185 and available from: 






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64 comments:

  1. Very expensive indeed, but quite intriguing as I usually struggle to believe in such a problem solver! Yet it does sound perfect to help the skin tackle the cold, I will be waiting to see how my skin is reacting to it this winter before considering investing in it!

    http://fannyanddailybeauty.com

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  2. Thank you so much Caroline, I bought this when it first launched but never really knew how to use it and what it actually really does in terms of skincare etc��. So now that we're well and truly into Autumn I think it's time to break it out again. Miss your weekly vlogs much love to you xx

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    1. Yeah see how you go. No point spending if you don't need it! :)

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  3. I see you mention acne...so this would be appropriate/non-clogging for someone prone to occasional t-zone breakouts and to milia in the forehead area? I'm on retin-a and hydroquinone to battle melasma, milia, and aging, but am also thin-skinned, have had perioral dermatitis, and am peri-menopausal (the joy!) so definitely need moisture and some of that oompf of which you speak.

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  4. Hi, Caroline!

    I have the Zelens Power C (2x/day) and Power A (evenings only) and am thinking of adding Power D as well. Does it matter in what order these products are layered? Does it make sense to use both Power C and Power D twice daily?

    Also, does it make sense to all 3 (A, C, D) and an oil (like Vintner's Daughter or Youth Dew), or is that a little excessive?

    Thanks in advance! (All my current products are Hirons-Approved!)

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    1. I think all of them is excessive - I would use A in the evenings. C in the morning with D on top. Or you could always try alternating them in the mornings.
      You can use Vinters or May on top of A in the evenings, and vinters/may first in the morning. :)

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  5. This sounds lovely, and I would really like to try Zelens. However, their prices in the US are insane. If I could buy it from Cult Beauty I could pay about $115. On the Zelens site it is $205. I'm willing to spend money on good skincare, but that is ridiculous.

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    1. Hi Robbin, you can buy it from cult beauty. They take out the VAT which means the prices end up being 15-20% less if you're overseas. You may need to pay duties in the US. If you're interested I would suggest waiting for their Black Friday/cyber Monday sale (15-25% off last year) or for their next goody bag which gives you the chance to try a bunch of new products. Xx

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    2. I'm curious why Cult Beauty can't ship Zelens products to the US. I tried to order the eye cream in another order and it couldn't ship, and they told me it's the Zelens brand. I got the pads in the beauty box, however. It's a shame, even though you do get what you pay for in most cases it's tough to see it cost less somewhere else and not be able to get it!

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    3. I would happily buy it from Cult Beauty but they're restricted from shipping Zelens products to the US as Mary says. I understand things being a bit more expensive because they're imported (even though shipping is free from Cult Beauty) but not that much more.

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    4. If they are restricted to selling to the US it means there is a distributor agreement in place. The US distributor won't let anyone ship into their territory. Really common in the industry across different countries, although I know that doesn't help you!

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    5. Oh sorry Robbin I didn't realise. I'm based in Australia and it's extremely common here too. We end up paying through the nose for cosmetics/skincare/bloodyeverything that is heaps cheaper overseas (but can't be sold and shipped here from online stores due to those agreements). Chanel edp 100ml is $230/260 here and around $125 in the US from memory. Mac cosmetics is also way overpriced. I don't understand why brands allow this to happen. Customers aren't stupid and google international prices. At the end of the day it means we buy less from them or wait until we're overseas. I'm happy to pay a small premium (10% or so), but when it reaches a 25% or more difference I look abroad.

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  6. This oil sounds divine Caroline! Thank you for blogging about it. Are there any major differences between this and the Tata Harper nutrient complex oil (in particular for acne and acne scarring)? :)

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    1. They're completely different. This is more beneficial for acne etc.

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  7. Hi! Age 34, dehydrated skin tendencies. If I could only get one zelens product would you recommend this? Or maybe the brightener or instant defense? I've got redness, some pigmentation.

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    1. Hello cheeky but.... Anything similar but a Teeny bit more (ahem),"purse friendly". Sounds perfect otherwise for my slightly ag-ed, slightly acne-ish skin xx

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  8. I'm curious your opinion on Vinter's Daughter! Stephanie Nicole (YouTube and pro beauty industry) did an interview w/ the founder. It sounds amazing.

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    1. There is a key word to the right with a post where the Active Botanical Serum i mentioned. -------------->

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    2. I love it - I introduced Stef to it. ;) x

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  9. Another tempting skincare item that I wish Cult Beauty could deliver to the U.S. This would be approximately $115 from Cult with free Worldwide shipping. At Barney's it's $185 plus almost 10% sales tax in the area I live. We really take a huge hit on Zelens products in the U.S. Wish this review had come up just a week earlier when Dear Husband was in London and willing to shop for me. At least he got a bottle of the Youth Concentrate for me.

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  10. At the moment I am down to using zero products as I am reacting to everything and I mean everything I'm at my wits end, then I see this and think could this be the one but having already spent hundreds searching for products that may not react on my skin I wondered if Zelens did smaller like samples at a lesser price?

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    1. I'm sorry if this has been suggested to you before but I went through a period when my skin had a bad reaction to everything (even stuff I use without problem now - I still haven't figured it out) and the only thing that eventually calmed it down was La Roche Posay Toleriane Fluid. My skin was inflamed, red, almost burned looking - this helped, and it's comparatively very cheap (think I paid about 15 eur)

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    2. Hi Finlear I also have very sensitive skin and the range that help me is S.W. Basics. The products have five ingredient or less. When my skins was reacting to everything a few years ago I started using the make up remover only as this product can be used as a cleanser as well as a moisturiser. The products are made in USA but can be brought from abeautifulworld.co.uk

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    3. Thanks Anne and db, sadly La Roche Posey is a no go bad reaction to that range, I haven't tried the SW Basics though. I have been told to use water only as my skin is on hyper alert at all times?!?! I have never had it this bad, I look burnt on some days complete nightmare. I have also been told to take 4000mgs omega 3 daily but to be honest I don't think it's made much difference I'm still as dry as an old prune!! X

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    4. Finlear, I've had that happen. I'm sorry you're going through it. Mine was a very severe case of cosmetic intolerance syndrome (CIS) which likely came about by overusing AHA. My skin looked like raw minced beef and everything would burn or irritate my skin. Even my eyelids would react so badly with severe cases of atopic dermatitis and swell up to such an alarming degree that it looked like I had been a victim of domestic violence.

      I stripped my skincare routine down to the natural and to the basics. I only used honey and oil (usually manuka and hemp, argan or jojoba) to cleanse and I used the same oil to soothe. So I'd mix about a tbsp of honey with a couple tsps of oil. Rub all over my face, leave on for a minute or two and then rinse off. I'd pat dry and spritz my skin with pure spring water to hydrate. Then I'd rub a couple drops of oil between my palms and pat gently onto my face. I did this for a couple months until my skin settled down and my compromised skin barrier started to heal. Then I was able to reintroduce other products into my routine with irritation.

      Give it shot. And good luck. I know what you're going through.

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    5. Finlear, the same thing happened to me.

      I had to cut back my routine to just the basics and only natural products. I used a mixture of honey and oil to cleanse (manuka and hemp, argan or jojoba), spring water to hydrate, and a couple drops of oil patted on the skin to seal in the water. Once my skin barrier healed, I was able to add in other products without irritation. I also only used mineral makeup (Faerie Organics, Alima, or Meow Cosmetics) during that time.

      I hope that works.

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    6. I have been in the same position and I used Avene Mineral Spray on my face (my face was so sensitive I found tap water was too drying) and nothing else until my face had calm down (took about a week) and then I used SW Basic make up remover. You have my sympathy I had sensitive skin all my life (I am 66) but at last my skin is much calmer now I have a simple skin care routine.

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    7. Thanks so much everyone for your replies and I'm so sorry you are going through or been through the same as me, although it's good to hear I'm not alone, it's quite embarrassing when skin (beauty) specialists turn you away as nothing works 😞 Water makes me sooo dry my skin almost cracks I'm using a tiny amount of pure avocado oil on my face at the moment. I have had eczema since birth! Now 47 but this is on another level. It's also so soul destroying to be either very red irritated and dry or / and lots of spots I mean what the hec!! Anyway thanks again so much I think I will try some manukau honey for sure and look into the basic range if and when my face settles. All Take care xx

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    8. Strip it to basics. Use good oils, coconut or jojoba to cleanse, and don't do any further damage. The omegas SHOULD help so do keep them up. It takes a while to hit your system. x

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    9. Thanks Caroline, not so good with coconut oil makes me very blotchy, especially on my forehead but will try the jojoba. I have taken the Omega for 5 months now (4000mgs) do you think it takes longer than that to take effect? Thank you Amanda x

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    10. Hi Finlear, that sounds really tough for you. I suffer with very sensitive skin with mild Rosacea and in the past, when its flared up, its been awful. Have you tried an antihistamine? A skin allergy one as opposed to the usual pollen type. Boots should have them. This helped me enough to get it back under control. Can I ask which brand of Omega's you use as this can make a difference also xx

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    11. It is usually advised to wait at least three months, so they should have kicked in, have you had food allergy testing?

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  11. Thanks for the post Caroline :) Would love to give it a try but my skin is so sensitive, it could turn out to be too risky for my tight budget :( If you could give Dr Lens a nudge (I'm certain you've heard this many times before, sorry!) and suggest selling trial sized versions of the serums, I'm certain it would be extremely popular!!! All the best :-)

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    1. I know - I'm sure they will at some point. :) x

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  12. Hi Caroline, I was wondering if its at all possible to contact you direct regarding skin care advice for a condition Id rather not discuss on a feed? Many thanks

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    1. I'm so sorry I'm literally swamped at the mo - is there anyway you can get to an event?

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    2. Sure I understand. I know you mentioned no events in Scotland (I'm in Glasgow) at the mo, but maybe fingers x'd!
      Im likely having a hystrectomy soon, which will mean hitting menopause immediately. At the grand age of 36 was wondering if there are particular products/supplements you would suggest I start using to support any inevitable changes my skin will have. I don't have a huge budget on my meagre nurses wage but I would be prepaired to take a chance on some items. I noted you mentioned the above Zelens product a good one for peri menopause.

      Thanks again :-)

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  13. Great review caroline. I would love to have the full product composition rather than the "key ingredients"..couldnt find it on the Zelens site. Do you have it perhaps?
    Price is indeed quite high.
    Thanks. audrey

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    1. Those are the full ingredients. I checked - they just need to remove 'active' and put 'ALL'. ;)

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  14. So good to have you back blogging, Mrs Hirons! <3

    Amylaurenxo.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. Another one for my Cult Beauty wish list. It already sums up to more than a years rent.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. I feel you. I added it all to my cart and when I checked the total I had to start laughing like no waaayy 😂

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  16. Hi Caroline, what product would you recommend for pigmentation and uneven skin tone?
    Thanks!

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  17. The product my 51 year old lipid barrier has been waiting for! Thanks for review!

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  18. Smells like happiness (Geranium I believe) and price negated by the huge size and minimal 'dosage'. Love this series of oils from Dr M. Glad you do too.

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  19. First off thanks for all your advice - I've been following your cleansing routines and my 49 yo skin is softer then ever. However the lifelong acne I've had to deal with keeps persisting and driving me nuts!!!
    I'm interested in trying this product - would I use it in place of good genes? Or in addition too?

    Thanks Again!
    Shruti

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    1. Thanks! I'll give it a try ...
      Shruti

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    2. Caroline, would you suggest to put the Power D before or after Good Genes?

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  20. I think I'll get this, thanks for the review. I'm trying to invest more in serums, I'm using vintners daughter AM & PM but I do need some rotations, I'm not doubling up am I if I purchase this while using vintners ? Are there any others you would recommend? I use prescription Retinol ever other evening. I will be sure to purchase through the link when it's time to buy. I post my skincare diary on Instagram daily and even that takes ages, so running such a popular blog must take loads of your time. Xx

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    1. I use this and Vinter's , not together though. Alternate x

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  21. Hi Caroline. Would this be suitable for oily skin to put on before makeup in the morning? Or would I be better off using at night ? Thanks xx

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    1. Honestly either. If it's too much under makeup just use at night x

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  22. I love this product. I bought it with the birthday 15% off at Cult Beauty. Made the purchase a lot more palatable. My only problem with it is the packaging. After opening it initially, the top would constantly unscrew itself until it was only on very loosely, no matter how tightly I closed it. Thank God I never spilled any, but it was a danger. Took off the outer casing of the cap and left the rubber dropper part on that was underneath the plastic bit. Problem solved, but it doesn't look as fancy. Oh well. Use 4 drops of this on my face, neck and above the boobs. Feels gorgeous on my face.

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    1. Yes I believe he's changing the packaging. It didn't happen with the D for me, but it did with the A and C.

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  23. Hello ! Interesting this serum ! For dehydrated oily skin with acne, it is better to take the serum Zelens D or C ? I use a range of Biologique Recherche, but I am not completely convinced by their serum. However the P50 lotion is awesome! I alternate with the wipes to Dr. Dennis acids, I Hope that this Zelens serum eradicates acne !!! Thanks in advance

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  24. Hi - I've been using this for a about 10 days now and really liking it - i think it has helped my dry skin / tendency to rosacea. However in the last couple of days I've noticed my skin feels odd. I have almost invisible tiny bumps all over my face. I've used nothing else new recently. Could it be this product after 10 days? Or perhaps could it be what I'm using it with (sometimes hylamide sensitive / NIOD CAIS)? I'm on the Clarins SOS and Clarins moisturiser today to calm things down. Also - if it is this product - do you think they would take it back at Space NK after a couple of weeks? Thanks in advance x

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