What it is: A facial serum
What it does: Intensely hydrates and plumps skin
Star ingredients: Encapsulated multi-molecular Hyaluronic Acid, Beta-Glucan, Glycerin, Kaempferol, Succinic Acid, Algin
This is not your average hyaluronic acid serum. Loaded with the precise skin-nurturing ingredient formulations and technology that Zelens is known for, this is a powerhouse hydrating/feeding/protecting serum that easily sails to the top of my skincare favorites. Per the Zelens product description, it combines “three types of hyaluronic acid at different molecular weights encapsulated into niosomes for improved delivery to the skin. Supercharged with bioflavonoid that inhibits hyaluronidase (the enzyme responsible for HA degradation) and plant derived succinic acid for renewal support.” It boasts twelve active ingredients and promises to leave skin “looking plump, smooth and supple.”
There are three main points in which this stands out for me. First, the texture of the product. It is a “heavy” watery fluid that isn’t quite thick enough to be classified as a gel but it stays in it’s place for the most part when you dispense it onto the hand. And it spreads like a dream. One dose from the dropper is enough for my face and neck. It sinks in quickly and doesn’t leave a residue. Second, the initial burst of hydration when applying is extremely satisfying. It feels like the hydration is actually going into the skin rather than just sitting on top. And third, the moisture retention in my skin throughout the day is phenomenal. I have dehydration-prone skin and am currently wearing a mask for 8+ hours a day and I can feel the moisture in my skin for several hours after putting on my mask. Overall it leaves my skin much happier and calm at the end of the day.
Personal tip: when applying this serum, I prefer to sandwich it between mists. Meaning I do a light spray before I apply it and also afterwards. I find that this boosts the hydrating properties and it really makes a difference in how long the hydration lasts during the day. It also helps in spreading the product around and massaging it into the skin. These layers of hydration aid in plumping up fine lines and wrinkles and achieving that “glass skin” look. Don’t forget to apply moisturizer as a final layer to seal it all in.
Final verdict: skincare gold. You get what you pay for with this product and it delivers as promised.