Skincare Moment of Zen

Thursday, March 6, 2014

A moment of zen.... ZENMED, that is.


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A few weeks ago, I told you that I would be searching for some new skincare staples. When my cleanser started running low, I decided I would reorder one I used to use a couple years back.

I was about to hit the "Finish" button on an order for cleanser, when ZENMED came into my life. And am I glad it did! 

While I try many new products for my blog, I like to keep my basic skincare regimen the same. Otherwise, I find that it can rebel. And sometimes, I try something new and experience a disaster. Today, for example, I had a bad allergic to an eye serum I was sampling for this blog. It resulted in my right eyes swelling shut, runny eyes, itching, and soreness.

That is why I try to be consistent with my cleanser, treatment and moisturizers. I like to have that predictability and know that those staples are kind to my skin.

I am so happy to tell you that I have found replacements for my cleanser, exfoliant and moisturizer. You know I love products that are as natural as possible. You also know I believe proper preservation is essential in terms of product safety. Plus, as I approach 40 (next year), I know that anti-aging ingredients ARE a necessary part of that routine. I also have added in a bit of home microdermabrasion, as I mentioned in another post this week.  My ZENMED products, though, are phenomenal and will be a part of my skincare regimen for the long haul.

More About ZENMED

First of all, I have to say this--I have tried hundreds of brands over the past few years thanks to this blog. Products I have tried range from drugstore brands such as Yes to Blueberries and Burt's Bees to high end skincare such as Tata Harper and La Mer. I have so many product options, but for me to use them beyond a sample period, they really have to impress me.

I am extremely excited to read up more on ZENMED. I like to know about the products I use, as well as the companies behind them.

I can tell that ZENMED is proud of their formulations.  They truly stand behind them with what they call their 60 Day People Pleaser Guarantee. If you don't like the results, you can send your products back before that 60 day period is up.

  • ZENMED products are developed by doctors.
  • Free of artificial fragrances, dyes, parabens, lanolin, petrochemicals & SLS/SLES
  • VEGAN
  • Competitively priced

REVIEW

Facial Cleansing Gel -- I honestly was not sure I'd like this. I am a milky/lotion cleanser fan and usually do not like gels at all. I am so glad I gave it a chance! Gels cleansers always dry me out, but not this one. It very gently removes my makeup and the aloe vera is very soothing. There are so many gentle botanicals in this, from chamomile and lavender to rose and lavender. The aroma from these, though, is very minimal. Packed with vitamins, this cleanser leaves my skin looking and feeling clean, without it feeling tight or dry. It also brightens the skin!

AHA/BHA Complex -- This is step two in the three step routine. This isn't your typical toner. This is an exfoliant and this so important. I cannot even begin to estimate how many times I have stressed the importance of proper exfoliation on this blog. This is an effective exfoliant containing both alpha and beta hydroxy acids. 

Having both makes it work much better than other exfoliants, as we know BHA is oil soluble so it can get down into those pores and "de-gunk" the bacteria that leads to blackheads. It is also effective at preventing and treating acne. On the other side of the coin, you have AHAs which help whisk away those dead skin cells.

The result? Flakes start to disappear, pores become unclogged, and your tone and texture will improve. I see a major difference.

What I love about this is that even though it works effectively, it doesn't sting or burn or leave my skin feeling sore, as I have experienced in the past with AHAs. For the record, the pH is 3.5, which my 10 year old, Nick, tells me is the same pH as orange juice.



AVT Cream -- This is a lovely formulation. Not just a standard moisturizer, this contains potent anti-aging ingredients. In terms of vitamins, this contains high grade Vitamin C, Vitamin A, D3, and Vitamin E.  The cream features Argan Oil, Borage Oil, Hyaluronic Acid and one off the most effective peptides on the market-- Matrixyl.


The Chic & Green Bottom Line

ZENMED products perform as advertised--and you will see and feel a difference quickly.

I like that ZENMED cares about safety and that they use many natural ingredients in their products. Yet, they are formulated based on research and SCIENCE. This is important. That is what makes products truly effective. These products have been developed by actual doctors who know what they are doing.
I mentioned it earlier and will again. ZENMED products are Vegan and they are approved by both Leaping Bunny and PETA, Additionally, the company omits boxes and uses 100% recyclable packaging.

ZENMED Links-

To learn more about their philosophy, click here.
Visit the ZENMED blog here.

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*Disclosure: I am a contributor to the ZENMED blog.

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