Recently we had the pleasure of interviewing Madeleine Spencer who is part of the beauty team at Marie Claire, to get an insight into the world of a Beauty Writer and find out what products are in her make up bag…

Zelens Defence Serum

Zelens Defence Serum is a potent antioxidant-rich serum that has been formulated with a unique blend of ingredients to defend our skin from environmental assaults. This serum claims to be a lightweight, hydrating formula to support natural collagen production and combat the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Youthful skin maintains its ‘plump, luminous’ appearance, due to it’s high content of water, so Zelens have no doubt included a range of hydrating ingredients, including Glycerin, Squalane and Sodium Hyaluronate to combat the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Glycerin is hygroscopic which means that it can absorb water from the air into our skin. Squalane moisturises our skin through a different method; Squalane is the hydrogenated form of squalene which is a key component of human sebum and is a natural moisturiser. Because Squalene is no stranger to the skin, related molecules like Squalane can be absorbed quickly and easily into our skin. Sodium Hyaluronate is a wonder ingredient for hydration due to its unique capacity to retain water, one molecule alone can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water! It’s this incredible property that increases the skins tissue volume and elasticity, hence younger looking skin!

Zelens Defence Serum certainly has lived up to its claims of being anti-oxidant rich, as it boasts a whole host of antioxidants including vitamin E, vitamin C, coenzyme Q10 and green tea leaf extract (you’ve probably know about green tea’s antioxidant properties from friends who drink it!). Antioxidants are capable of reducing the effects of damaging molecules called free radicals. These troublesome radicals can form as a result of excess UV exposure and can damage the DNA and proteins in our cells, and their accumulation can manifest as premature lines and wrinkles! Green tea leaf extract has another trick up its sleeve as it has been shown that topical application of green tea extract can help with moisture retention!

Last but not least lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid, is a chemical exfoliant and removes the top layer of dead skin cells by weakening the connections between adjacent cells. By doing this, it reveals healthier, newer cells beneath, improving our complexion and helping us achieve glowing skin.

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Madeleine Spencer, Beauty Writer, Marie Claire