Zelens Daily Defence Sunscreen

Monday, April 21st 2014 3

Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Last week, I took to the office of Dr. Marko Lens, the doctor behind cult skincare brand Zelens.

Dr. Lens has a fascinating background. He studied his masters degree at Harvard University, going on to obtain his PhD from Oxford University. He specialises in skin, working as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and also treating patients with skin cancer. In short? When he talks skin, it’s time to listen.

The topic at hand was his new suncare product, but what unfolded was a detailed and elaborate discussion about all things sun care in general. From the truth about sun damage to the difference between UVA and UVB, I left having learned more in that one hour than I have ever learned at any other beauty launch. So the next morning, I was keen to get straight into his latest release, an SPF 30 sunscreen.

Zelens’ new Daily Defence Sunscreen opposes many on the market because it is designed to protect and repair in one. As well as protecting against UVA and UVB rays, ingredients such as Vitamin C have been included in the formula to ease the effects of existing sun damage like dark spots. The ingredient of the moment – Hyaluronic Acid – can be found in the formula to replenish lost moisture in the skin, something you’re bound to have on holiday between beach and bar. And an impressive blend of active ingredients means that the formula will respond to external triggers; for example, enzyme Endonuclease will respond to UV damage and accelerate DNA repair.

Zelens Sunscreen

So how does it fit into your regime? Used as the last step of your skincare regime, this is much more practical than lots of sun screens I’ve tried. Yes, it emerges a stark white, but it blends easily into the skin and smells very green and fresh. I feel that I’m simply applying a regular moisturiser as opposed to a heavy sun screen. Prone to break outs? You’ll like that this is oil free. (And if you do tend to break out, I’d recommend a double cleanse in the evenings to ensure that you’re removing every last morsel of SPF.)

Think of the amount you’ll spend on your holiday this year. If you’re willing to fork out an arm and a leg on a hotel, flights and a new holiday wardrobe, give a little thought to your face. Do you want to come back looking ten years older? No, but sun damage is irreversible. So make sure you take something reliable, something like this. It’s worth noting that the SPF 30 and protection against free radical damage will also be really helpful for day to day living as the weather heats up, especially if you work in the city, so the investment will see you past your holiday.

Zelens Daily Defence Sunscreen is available from Selfridges or www.zelens.com at £55 for 50ml.

(On another note, Dr. Lens also examines moles and I have a number of them. I’ll be booking in for a consultation soon because if there’s one thing I learned from his discussion is that it is better to be safe than sorry. Be sure to have any moles checked – what’s the harm? And I’ll keep you posted on how my examination goes.)


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