Hi Rosy Friends! Over the last few months, I’ve had the privilege of trying a huuuuge number of ZENMED products. In fact, I’ve tried so many that I started this blog post in March 2018 and now it’s already halfway through June, and I’m just getting it finished (including rewriting this introduction, of course, because the original was completely out of date).
I’m going to do my best to keep this concise because the products are fascinating, so I’ll be tempted to go on and on. I’ve already done quite a few YouTube videos on my channel, but I thought it might be nice to have all the info here in one place. Here goes!
What is ZENMED?
I could do an entire blog post just on what this company stands for, but here are the points I found the most fascinating about them. These are the reasons I find the brand appealing and that explain why I was happy to give so many ZENMED products a try.
- Since getting started in 1999, all ZENMED products have been 100% doctor-formulated.
- Each product is based on meticulously selected, pharmaceutical-grade natural ingredients combined with essential oils, vitamins and minerals.
- This company focuses on gentle, realistic, and practical skin care for troubled skin (rosacea, acne, scarring, spider veins, stretch marks, delicate, sensitive and even sensitive baby skin).
- They have a keep-it-simple attitude that recommends the use of fewer products, not more, when possible.
- All products are 100% sulfate-free, paraben-free, synthetic fragrance-free, irritant-free, dye-free, and steroid-free.
- They produce their products in the smallest possible batches to ensure the maximum freshness and shelf-life.
- They have a rewards program when you shop directly from their website but they do not auto-ship, which is awesome because some of those programs are notoriously difficult to stop.
- All products are cruelty-free, vegan-friendly, and vegetarian-friendly. Packaging is minimal (no outer box with a tube inside, it’s just the tube) and 100% recyclable. The company is on both PETA’s and Leaping Bunny’s Approved Sellers list.
- They don’t just sell products but also provide useful information about certain skin conditions, including helpful care tips.
On to the products I tried!
ZENMED Gentle Cleansing Cream Review
The first thing I’d like to say about the Gentle Cleansing Cream is that it lasts a shockingly long time. I used my bottle of it for at least 3 months, if not more, and I am a regular face-washer. I am not a slacker when it comes to my facial skin care routine.
I love the pump bottle. One pump dispensed the perfect amount. It made the cleanser easy to use both next to my sink and in my shower. The cream cleanser itself was very gentle and non-irritating. I felt like my skin was getting clean without being stripped of its healthy natural oil base. It didn’t do much to remove makeup, but most cleansers aren’t so that isn’t a failing in my opinion. I enjoyed this gentle cleanser.
ZENMED Nutrient Boost Spray Review
Oil Free Moisturizer with SPF 30 Review
This is the ZENMED sun protection moisturizer meant for people who have oily or acne-prone skin. My skin is desert-dry and rosacea-prone, so it wasn’t exactly meant for my skin type. Still, I was happy to try it out. I noticed that my cheeks were more pink while I used this product. Don’t think this was because this moisturizer irritated my skin. Instead, think it just wasn’t moisturizing enough for me.
That said, after giving it a try, I handed it over to my best friend, who has adult acne and oily skin. She absolutely loves it. It’s her go-to sunscreen for her face and since a little bit goes a long way, she’s still using it (and the expiry date hasn’t passed yet). It works perfectly for her, doesn’t cause break-outs, and doesn’t make her skin any oilier than it would naturally be. It may not have been right for my skin type, but it looks like a fantastic product for the people it was designed for!
Skin Protecting Lotion with SPF 30 Review
ZENMED Organic Cream Exfoliator Review
I am very picky about the type of exfoliators I will use. People with rosacea are typically discouraged from using exfoliating products because, by their very nature, exfoliators irritate the skin. Even the gentle ones work as a type of abrasive to essentially scratch off dead skin cells and other unwanted surface-level nonsense.
That said, I love exfoliating. I don’t do it much anymore because of the aforementioned reasons. However, I do like to have an exfoliating product so that I can use it once a month (it used to be once per week, so I’ve improved), suuuper gently. So far, I’ve come across 2 exfoliating products that have passed all my tests for use, including everything from the right ingredients, to being plastic micro-bead-free (this one contains jojoba micro-spheres) and just reacting well with my skin. ZENMED’s Organic Cream Exfoliator is one of those products. I love it. I still use this product.
ZENMED Anti-Redness Mask Review
ZENMED B5 Hyaluronic Plumping Serum Review
ZENMED Support Serum Review
ZENMED AVT Cream Review
ZENMED Essential Eye Serum Review
The Essential Eye Serum feels very nice when applied. I loved using it in the evening the most, even though I also used it in the morning (as per the instructions). It was cooling and refreshing and didn’t irritate any of the rosacea-prone skin in the surrounding area.
Overall, I enjoyed using this product. I liked the feeling of it. However, I did find its texture a bit on the strange side. It was thick. Very thick. Thick enough that when I withdrew the dropper from the bottle, it left a hole behind that took so long to refill that it didn’t move while I waited. Though this didn’t make it any less pleasant to apply to my face (in fact, it made it easier to dispense the perfect amount from the dropper onto my finger), once I’d used about half the bottle, it made it quite difficult to fill the dropper. It’s a glass bottle with a small opening, so there isn’t a huge amount of maneuverability and, since there’s an empty hole where the dropper naturally enters the bottle, it took a lot of crafty dropper use to try to get enough of the product to use it. I’ll likely use a tiny spatula or toothpick to access the last quarter of the bottle.
I’m not entirely sure if it worked to reduce under-eye circles on me. I have chronic insomnia, so I’m likely not an ideal person to test that sort of product, particularly because I’m obsessed with my facial redness far more than shadows and fine lines. Perhaps it was working wonderfully and I didn’t notice. What I do know is that it felt very refreshing and cooling, and I felt like I was doing something good for my skin to avoid future unwanted sagging and bagging.