I think my header says it all. This Zelens Power C High Potency Vitamin C Treatment Drops is singularly, THE BEST Vitamin C serum I’ve ever used. It’s even dethroned the other Vitamin C serum that I swore by. It isn’t to say of course, that the Dr. Brandt one is no good. It is. But in a straight fight, I’d pick this Zelens one, in a heartbeat.
To be honest, I’ve been conflicted about telling you about this wonderful product for a long time. I’ve been using it for the most part of at least 5 months now. But I know that telling you about the Zelens Power C Treatment Drops (for ease of reference) means I’d have people moaning at me “It’s so expensive!” and I’d lose my secret to clearer, brighter skin LOL! 😀
Oh yes, selfish ol’ me 😛
Zelens is a brand I came across from following British skincare blogs. Founded by Dr. Marko Lens, it boasts a combination of science-based ingredients, in a plant-based formula. It comes highly rated by respected bloggers. My first brush with the brand came in the form of a sample tube of the Zelens 3T Complex Essential Anti-aging cream. My god, I love it! If you have drier skin, it is beautiful.
So, when I came across the Zelens Power C Treatment Drops, and saw that it was a Vitamin C serum (an ingredient I love!), and it was on sale on SpaceNK (which was clearing stock as they no longer sell the brand) I pounced without thinking twice!
When we talk about Vitamin C, often, we are warned about Vitamin C products that come in clear bottles. This, we are told, allows light in, to oxidise the product within. So, has my very expensive serum oxidised?
The answer is no. This is the original colour of the Zelens Power C Treatment Drops. It is clear, with a yellow tint to the product. The colour, clarity and texture has not changed in the past 5 months I’ve been using it. I am however, a wee bit paranoid, so I always store it in its box 😛
Vitamin C used – Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate
The reason that the Zelens Power C Treatment Drops does not oxidise, as we often notice in Vitamin C products, is because it uses a different form of Vitamin C – Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate. This, based on my little research, is a new form of Vitamin C derived from a tetraester of ascorbic acid and isopalmitic acid. It is oil-soluble (which explains the texture of this product – more on it below), allowing it to penetrate the skin better, and is supposed to be the most stable form of Vitamin C.
Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate also can be used in higher concentrations, and I’ve noticed that it is comfortably used in 20% concentrations, which is also the concentration of Vitamin C in this Zelens Power C Treatment Drops. Higher concentrations and a superior delivery to the skin means it works better and more effectively, while being possibly, less irritating.
Like all Vitamin C, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate will fight free radicals that cause premature aging, brighten the complexion, boost collagen production and boost sun protection when used with sunscreen.
Zelens Power C Treatment Drops
I started using the Zelens Power C Treatment Drops about 5 months or more ago, without too much expectation. There weren’t many reviews up, nor was there a lot of literature on the product. For me, it was a leap of faith.
The formula comes in a frosted glass bottle, and a dropper system. The dropper is very sensitive, which is a good thing. The serum is so expensive, you don’t really want to waste a drop! What I don’t quite like however, is that the screw up cap is apt to loosen on its own. Even when you tighten it, it will loosen of its own accord. For this reason, I will not travel with this serum, as I do not want to have it slathered over the inside of my cosmetics pouch, instead of on my face. Zelens really should fix this.
The texture has a very light oil feel, but sinks into your skin beautifully. I find it so comfortable on my skin, and it even seems to boost hydration. It isn’t drying at all, nor is it a dry oil. I like using it directly after misting my skin, before following up with other products. My rationale is because I want the goodness of this beautiful serum directly on my skin, to do the best it can.
How I use it: Cleanse -> Tone -> Mist -> 3-4 drops of Zelens Power C Treatment Drops -> Hydrating serum (optional) -> Moisturiser -> Sunscreen
I usually use this only in the day, although I do sometimes pop it on my skin at night too.
I noticed results about just 1 week into using the product. My skin felt and looked smoother, and brighter, clearer and more even toned. I had stopped using Vitamin C for a little while since my Dr. Brandt ran out (and I was experimenting in-between with other Vitamin C serums that didn’t do very much for me). My skin looked better in the mornings when I wake up, my colouring remained mostly even through the day, and my skin just felt so much better.
What I was impressed with also, was how quickly it faded marks on my skin caused by itchy fingers picking at blackheads and spots 😛 Towards the end of 2017, I started experiencing terribly clogged pores on my face, especially around my chin, and large, painful pimples that would come up, subside, and then return. When I eventually cured the problem (lots and LOTS of moisture) I was left with marks, where my fingers had picked at them.
I was using the Sephora Vitamin C serum in this time, and you know what? It did nothing. The marks were still there. When I returned to using this Zelens Power C Treatment Drops, the marks faded and all but disappeared in a week. I was stunned. Primarily, because I wasn’t paying too much attention, until I realised I did not have to use concealer on my chin anymore.
So you may wonder, why the pigmentation on my cheeks are still there, if this is such a powerful product? It’s simple, I’ve since had it diagnosed, and it’s a genetic issue that penetrates far below the epidermis, so topical products really do shit for me LOL! For this reason, I’m glad I stopped using whitening products and started concentrating on having healthy skin 🙂
The other thing I love is that there is no fake orange or citrus scent in this serum. There is no discernible scent to me at all, which is great. I absolutely cannot stand products with that artificial zesty orange scent, just because it contains SOME Vitamin C. Ugh!! 😛
And I also love that it is chockfull of moisturising lipids and fatty acids that make this such a lush and luxurious product. Truly, as expensive as it is, it is worth every single penny I paid for it, and I will repurchase in a heartbeat.
Ok, not in a heartbeat. I will have to physically save for this one, because the price is so mind-bogglingly prohibitive, especially when faced with a poor £ to RM exchange rate, but I shall persevere, because this is THE BEST Vitamin C serum I have ever used!
IN A NUTSHELL
The Zelens Power C High Potency Vitamin C Treatment Drops is a Vitamin C serum that contains 20% Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate. It has a light oil texture, and glides on skin, sinking in very quickly. It leaves my skin feeling lush and moisturised, and noticeably brighter and more even-toned with regular use. If used twice a day, you will notice effects faster. I now use it once a day, in the morning, to boost my sunscreen protection. It fades my pimple marks very effectively and quickly, and is not drying at all. Most importantly, it makes my skin look and feel healthy, clear, bright and even toned. It is THE BEST Vitamin C serum I’ve ever used and one I will repurchase without thinking too hard about it (unless of course, I can’t afford it then).
PROS: Lightweight oil based texture sinks quickly and comfortably into the skin, Moisturising, Brightens and clarifies skin tone, Fades post-inflammation pigmentation or marks caused by pimples quickly, Skin feels smoother and more supple with regular use
CONS: Cap has a tendency to loosen – do not pick up the bottle by its cap, Pricey
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who can afford a very expensive skincare product, Anyone who wants a fast-acting, effective Vitamin C serum
PRICE: £125 | US$210 for 30ml
If you’re interested, here is the ingredient list for the Zelens Power C Treatment Drops.
Have you tried this Zelens Power C or any other Zelens products? Have you heard of it?
Having had such a good experience with the Power C, I want to try the Power A next. Perhaps, it might change my personal experience with retinol (it hasn’t been good thus far) so I’ll be saving my kidney for that one LOL! 😀