Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Zen Society Skincare

Hello old friends and new! Fashion Week is over and I'm back to my regular blogging schedule -- woo-hoo!! I must admit, the past few weeks have been extremely fast-paced and tiresome on my body. I've attended many events, met a ton of people and have worn A LOT of makeup. Given the circumstances, my skin hasn't had much of a chance to breathe or regenerate itself and with all the stress I've put it through, I was expecting a massive breakout-age the week following all the activity. This time, however, my skin was saved. Lucky for me, a wonderful care package arrived my way just in time and although my skin had faced the worst possible conditions (constant makeup, lack of sleep & stress), these conditions were met by an equally powerful antidote: Zen Society skincare. In today's post, I want to go back to the roots of nature and share a review of the Green skincare line that proved itself in the time I needed it most. 

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ABOUT: Zen Society is a 100% natural and organic company based out of Stamford, CT and was founded by Kaitlyn Lockman, a master herbalist and board certified holistic health practitioner. The line offers fresh, handcrafted skincare products using the highest quality organic ingredients from USDA certified suppliers in the New England area. There are absolutely no preservatives, toxins, or other chemicals in the Zen Society skincare line, which makes the products ideal for even the most sensitive skin. The company operates with very high environmental awareness and a percent of every sale is donated to Friends of the Earth to help sustain a healthy planet and a just world.

I was first introduced to Zen Society through the Green Your Beauty Routine blogger event I attended last month, and was positively shocked by the quality of its Peppermint Lip Balm, which was included in the goody bag for the guests. I was so impressed, I even tweeted about it and within a few days, I received a couple more items to review! 
  • Zen Society Vegan Lip Balm ($5) -- available in Spearmint and Pomegranate
    • No doubt, this is the best lip balm I have ever used and it sparked my interest in Zen Society. The rich emollient blend of oils (sunflower oil, coconut oil, and peppermint essential oil in the Peppermint flavor) soothes, smooths and protects the lips from drying and chapping. This balm is the smoothest lip product I've tried and does not contain any petroleum or synthetic flavoring. Plus, it lasts all day long -- no need to reapply!
    • The Spearmint and Pomegranate balm flavors are 100% vegan and use Carnauba Wax, a natural vegetable wax found on the leaves of a palm tree. Organic aromatic essential oils are used to add a pleasant fragrance and long lasting taste. 
    • These balms make a great gift and I'm planning on getting myself a couple -- one in each flavor!  
  • Zen Society Makeup Remover ($10)
    • Infused with organic sweet almond and hemp seed oil, this makeup remover works as well, if not better, than my trusty Neutrogena; except this product contains 100% USDA certified organic ingredients, meaning that it is 100% better for your skin and for the environment. 
    • The product feels and smells like vegetable oil, and though it leaves a slightly greasy residue after use, it penetrates quickly and results in silky smooth lids and lashes in the morning. 
    • Side Note: I've been using this product for almost a month and I was surprised to discover my lashes appearing denser and longer. Little did I know that Sweet Almond and Hemp (the key ingredients in this product) are actually hair growth stimulants -- so I'm not dreaming -- my lashes are actually growing and I couldn't be more thrilled! I'll take it, because my little Asian soldiers need all the help they can get!
  •  Zen Society Bilberry Repair Serum ($28)
    • This lightweight facial oil is packed with seven essential oils derived from flowers, fruit and plant botanicals. Bilberry and Red Raspberry are naturally rich in antioxidants that help protect the body from free radicals - naturally occurring particles associated with accelerated aging. Bilberry and Castor Oil also help strengthen the blood vessels to combat dark circles and improve the appearance of age spots and sun damage.
    • The benefit of using oil on the face has almost become a known fact. As most mainstream cosmetic products strip the natural oils out of the face, the glands react by producing more oil, making the skin more oily and acne prone. Although I had known this all along, I was still a wee bit hesitant to use this product given that my skin is naturally very oily. With that said, I was prepared to take the leap for the sake of the review and as advised, I started off by gradually adding the serum to my daily moisturizer. 
    • RESULTS: I noticed immediate results in the first week of using the serum. My skin felt lifted and tighter in the areas where I used the product: forehead, smile lines, and eye area. Surprisingly -- though, as expected -- these areas did not break out in acne pimples like I had thought they would, so by week 2, I was using the product alone. I didn't see any visible changes in my skin, but then again, I'm in my twenties, and I don't have any wrinkles just yet. What I did notice was that my skin was feeling and looking great even though I had been abusing it with constant makeup changes and lack of sleep due to the events of the month. Having said that, I credit this product with helping to save my skin during a period when I needed it most. Overall, I highly recommend this serum to anyone in their mid-twenties as a starter product for age prevention.
    • My Trouble Zones: 
      • Around the eyes (crow's feet) -- typical wrinkle area for people of Asian descent.
      • Between the eyebrows and forehead -- I store a lot of my tension in my brows, so this is an area I pay close attention to.
      • Smile (Laugh) Lines -- big cheeks equal bigger laughs and deeper laugh lines. I remember in high school, my best friend telling me I had a hair on my face -- it was a hair-strand thin line and I've had that one ever since :)
Zen Society is vegan, cruelty-free and Green, offering 100% natural, organic skincare products for the face and body. Zen Society uses only USDA certified organic ingredients and starch-based biodegradable or recyclable packaging. I am extremely happy to have found and featured this local company that operates with high environmental awareness and social responsibility. Please, help our world be more Green and support Green businesses like Zen Society.


Maryam Maquillage


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