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Today I’m excited to finally bring you my thoughts on a few skin care products from ZenMed.  I have had these products in my possession now for about 2 months (or more) and I am happy to say that I can finally discuss my results with all of you.

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As many of you know, I have started to really live my life differently.  Daily workouts and exercise and cutting out things like rice and soda from my diet (eating healthier in general) have been a part of my norm the last two months.  Because of this, trying out new skin care has been a huge challenge.  As your body starts to really purge the junk stuff from your system, sometimes your skin can get really good quickly or completely freak out.  For me, it freaked out and really went bonkers with some of my skin care products.  So, it took longer to try out products that I would normally be able to experience results with within a month or so.  That’s why it took me so long to get this post up – I wanted to make sure it was not the product that caused my eczema flare up.

With that being said – let’s talk about ZenMed.  ZenMed offers a plethora of products that they call:  Reconstructive Skincare.  It’s basically a product line that offers support to your skin.  They claim that you can get healthier skin when following their pH balanced cleansing and moisturizing regime.  I had the opportunity to try four different products from the line and I’m going to share my thoughts on each of them with you.

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The Gentle Cleansing Cream is a light cleansing cream that feels really nice on the skin when applying.  You apply this product to your wet face using circular motions.  Once done, rinse it off with warm water and pat your skin dry.  This cleanser is gentle enough to be used on your skin twice a day – though I only use it once a day at night.  This cleanser removes impurities from your skin and leaves your face feeling refreshed.  No irritations or over-drying which is great for my sensitive skin.  This product is vegetarian formulated so that it leaves your skin clean without stripping it of your vital oils.  The formulation is pH balanced and preserves your natural pH so your skin is left feeling soothed and nourished.  ZenMed states that this is a product that is ideal for Rosacea sufferers.  I love how soft my skin feels but it is left hydrated and clean when I’m done cleansing with this product.

Retail:  $22

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ZenMed’s Anti-Redness Mask is next on the list.  This is a pretty cool product because ZenMed says that this is ideal for minimizing the after-effects of a sunburn since it contains Certified Organic Aloe Vera Gel.  The Anti-Redness mask has a very effective anti-inflammatory agent included called Willow Bark Extract.  The ingredient has long been know to provide anti-irritant and anti-redness effects to sensitive skin.  It’s soothing and non-comedogenic using Green Tea and Cucumber to offer a quick solution for getting redness out of the skin and fast.  This product can even be used on sensitive areas like eyelids to help calm the skin.

I have been enjoying all of the products I’ve tried, but the Anti-Redness Mask still intrigues me.  When you use it, your skin feels immediately cooled and calm.  I find that this is one of my favorites for soothing my dry skin from the colder months.  I noticed that the redness around my nose and on my cheeks are not there as much as they normally would be.

Retail:  $29.95

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Oil-Free Moisturizer with SPF 30 – Well, I honestly wasn’t sure if I would like this product once I squeezed it out of the tube.  Here’s the deal, when something says “lightweight and sheer formula”, I kind of expect it to be as such.  But squeezing it out of the tube, it seemed to be a bit thick.  But, I was relieved when it smoothed onto my skin quickly and felt like it was lightweight on.  Looks can be deceiving (that’s for sure).  This product is lightweight and sheer on the face.  It’s oil-free with an SPF of 30 which is awesome, but it does leave your skin looking a bit dewy.  But, that didn’t bother me one bit, since I really liked that it was gentle on my skin and super easy to apply.  This cream absorbs quickly which I love so it’s also recommended for use under concealers or foundations (which I don’t really use).  I love that I can use it on its own.  I LOVE that it has sunscreen in it so it’s great for days like today when I need to run out of the house.

Like other products I’ve tried from ZenMed, this moisturizer has Green Tea and Certified Organic Aloe Vera which helps to calm the skin and moisturize.

Retail: $24.95

For those interested in the type of sunscreen formulated into this product – here are the Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 1.5%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Oxybenzone 5.5%., Purified Water, Vegetable Glycerin, Octyl Palmitate, Green Tea Extract, Certified Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Methyl Gluceth-20, C15-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetyl Phosphate, Vitamins A, B5, D, & E, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol, Allantoin, TEA-Carbomer, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin

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The Organic Cream Exfoliator is free of parabens, abrasive particles, soap, oil and animal testing.  This product was formulated and created to help oxygenate and revive the most sensitive skin types.  This exfoliator utilizes rounded jojoba microspheres that work to help scrub and get rid of the surface of dead skin cell build-up while allowing for maximum penetration of your skin serums and moisturizers.  It helps to visibly smooth and refine your skin’s texture.

I am very picky about the type of exfoliators I use and I was amazed at how much I enjoyed this one.  The product is very creamy based but as you work it onto the skin, the jojoba microspheres massage and exfoliate the skin.  This product can be used daily, though I only use it on my face once a week because while it’s gentle, I think it’s too much for me to use more than that.  After the first use, I noticed my skin was definitely softer and smoother and I noticed a big difference in the texture of my skin after using it the last month.

Retail:   $34

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Overall, I continue to use the  ZenMed products I was sent to try as a part of my skincare regimen.  I use it in combination with other products from other brands that I love and enjoy.  The Skin Support products for Dry Skin have been a great addition to my skincare routine and while they aren’t particularly drugstore priced, they are reasonable in cost and fairly affordable in comparison to other products I’ve tried before.

I’m not quite sure yet if I will be continuing the use of these products once I run out of my current stash, but I definitely have some favorites.  The Anti-Redness Mask and Oil-Free Moisturizer with SPF 30 have been some of my go-tos lately, so I may continue using them.  I also hope to purchase the Support Serum and Nutrient Boost Spray to try out for myself, so if I do – I’ll be sure to share my thoughts with all of you.

Have you heard of ZenMed before?  If so, comment below and tell me what you think.  If not, are there any products I’ve tried that you may be interested in?

Happy Aloha Friday!

I don’t often reminisce about my tween or teen years.  Honestly, I am one of those people that would NEVER go back in time to relive them again even if I had the opportunity to do so.  It was an awkward time for me, I loved school but not enough to go back to all of that and start over.  While it’s not something I think about, I definitely had fun thinking about how my skin care regimen was back then.  My mom took care of her skin so therefore she made sure I took care of mine.  She looked like she was my sister when she was in her 40s… so needless to say – since my guy friends were hitting on this MILF (is that even still a word? lol), I was busy trying to find my own identity.  But – she taught me to wash my face and moisturize and before my Grandma passed in my teens – she made sure to remind me how important taking care of yourself really was.  So when I wasn’t at the beach surfing or putting my body through heavy sun exposure – I tried my best to take care of the skin I had.  Now after years part taking in the beauty industry – I have learned that Bar Soap and lotion are not exactly the best choices for Cleanser and Moisturizer.  If I only knew 20 years ago what I know now, it would be a whole different story… but I digress.
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Recently I had the opportunity to try out some skin care goodies from a brand I have never heard of before – Willa Skin Care.  Willa offers a variety of products from facial cleansers, moisturizers and acne treatment as well as lip glosses and balms, lotion and SPF.  The company was founded on the thought that a mother wanted to be able to provide a cosmetic line for her then 8 year old daughter Willa that was age appropriate and offered natural skincare products that would be a type of preventative form of teaching young girls about taking care of their skin.

Our mission is to empower girls to make healthy choices with natural products so they will love the skin they’re in.

Willa Naturals Skin care

I tested out the Start Fresh foaming facial wash ($17 for 5.1 fl.oz) and the Clear Face Moisturizer ($18.50 for 1 fl.oz) first and was pretty impressed with the products.  The foaming facial wash felt really nice on the skin, cleaned off any remaining makeup I had and my skin felt fresh and clean.  I didn’t have any reactions to the product and enjoyed using it.  The Clear Face Moisturizer kept my skin hydrated without making it feel sticky or oily and I enjoyed that my skin felt very soft after the moisturizer soaked into my skin.  Both products smelled really nice – like a refreshing scent I can’t quite pin point, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Willa Lip BalmsNext I tried the Lip Balms in a pot.  I got three of them – Vera Cruz Vanilla, St. Tropez Strawberry and Miami Mango (.25 oz/7 g of product each).  The lip balms cost $10 each or you can purchase them in a Gift pack that includes all three for $26.00.  Each of them have a nice sweet scent, similar to their names – fruity like and a soft fruity flavoring.  They are each formulated to include Shea Butter and Vitamin E to help keep the lips hydrated and soft.  I love them all!  They are awesome to throw in the purse and the pot closes tightly for travel.  I didn’t experience any melting – but I haven’t given them the opportunity to do so as well.  They do have a slight sticky texture, but not enough to drive me crazy – just a little more sticky then that of say an EOS lip sphere or Baby Lips balm.  The colored ones have a light tint but if you are looking for heavy color payoff – these are not very build-able.  The tint is sheer and it’s meant for more someone in their teens, though I do enjoy using them.

Willa Lip Balms Swatches

I also tried a few other products from Willa to include:

Born to Glow – broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 15 tinted shimmer body lotion – 4 fl. oz (I was unable to find this product on their website to provide cost info on it)

Fresh Face Cucumber Face Mask (sample packet) – .33oz/10g ($4.00 per packet or $42 for 12)

Take Action Acne Spot Treatment – .07 fl. oz./2.1 ml ($14.00)

I am not big on shimmer – but I think I will surely enjoy the shimmer glow the Born to Glow tinted shimmer body lotion offered.  It left me pretty glittery and some of the glitter did transfer to my clothes, but with summer just a month away – I know it will be something cute to use to keep my body moisturized and protected against the sun.  My skin did enjoy the lotion and it looks great on my shoulders when I’m wearing a tank or spaghetti strap dress.

I was only able to use the Fresh Face Cucumber Face Mask once since I only had one.  It smelled really nice, a soft cucumber scent and my skin felt rejuvenated after using it.  It includes Aloe and Witch hazel so my skin enjoyed its benefits and felt really nice after removing it.

The Take Action Acne Spot treatment wasn’t used very often since I don’t get acne or many breakouts.  I only tried it once and didn’t notice much of a difference, but I think overall that the concept is pretty cool.  It comes in a pen that you click to distribute the product and then apply to treat the area.  It didn’t feel harsh on my skin like some drug store products have in the past and I didn’t notice any dry patches in the area I left it on to treat over the course of the next week – so I think it would be great for teenage and sensitive skin.

Willa Naturals Skin care

Willa is a skin care line that I would definitely suggest to friends – regardless of their age (even if this was formulated specifically for girls in their tweens) because it offers so many natural ingredients.  Since the products are formulated without damaging chemicals – it is safe for all skin types.Willa’s products are Paraben and Sulfate Free, DEA and phthalate free, NOT tested on animals and made right here in the USA.  Their website offers travel sized options as well as gift sets that you can purchase if you want to just test out the products for yourself or buying them as a gift.

Willa products are available on their website as well as select Target stores, Drugstore.com, Amazon and a few other locations.  

Overall – I’m impressed with the products I had the opportunity to test out.  I have very sensitive skin and found that my skin loved these products.  If you are looking for a skin care line that is priced similar to that you can find in a drug store – Willa may be a little more costly than that, but if you are looking for something to help your tween or teenager get through that awkward stage we call “growing up” this definitely is something you may want to look into.  As my Grandma used to say… “it’s best to take care of your skin now then worry about it later when it is too late!”  I think this is awesome that a mother took the initiative for her daughters – the skin care line is great, but the story of how it all started… the icing on the cake.

Have a wonderful week loves!

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