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Reviewed by Gloria
I received my sample of SenZen's Slough it Off ($42 in the TIA shop) about 5 weeks ago. I was very pleased to open the box to see a much talked about product line in the TIA community. SenZen has a number of products that I read about and since I am a fan of exfoliating I was excited to try the Slough It Off. First let me say the fragrance was very nice. Since I had reviewed the Your Best Face Prep a while back I have been somewhat spoiled with the spa like smell Of Prep, but this was kind of floral and fruity. The texture was not the same as Prep, but was just a scrub. Prep is more of a mask and scrub. It seemed to be much more oily. I took a quick look at all the different ingredients and found that there is a lot of different oils. I was a little worried I would have a few breakouts, but after 5 weeks I am still in the clear. My skin felt very hydrated and so smooth. It was not harsh and my skin did not get as red afterward as I anticipated. I used it every other day and I still have quite a bit left.
The ingredients all seem to be quite good for your skin. I did a little bit of research on some of the ingredients. The ones that stand out for me are the acai which is a wonderful antioxidant and passiflora edulis which in short is passion flower that is known for wound-healing properties. As I mentioned earlier there are quite a number of oils but one in particular I wasn't familiar with babassu oil so I did a little bit looking around and found a lot of good feedback. This is the one thing that stood out for me which explains why my skin seems to love it. "When babassu oil comes into contact with the skin, it draws the heat out and creates a cooling effect. It is a common ingredient in lotions, creams, lip balms and hair conditioners. The oil forms a protective layer on the skin that isn't greasy or shiny, and it can be used on all skin types. It is also useful for people with eczema and other types of dermatitis because it is gentle and non-comedogenic." Eczema runs in my family and plagues almost everyone on my mother's side. I did notice that my skin felt much cooler than expected even though parts of my face, mainly the cheek and nose area was a little red. The mango butter as well has a lot of healing properties so there is just nothing in this stuff really that is bad. There are extra exfoliation benefits from the alpha hydroxy provided by the fruit acids.
Since the TIA community has a lot of good to say about this line of products I also took a look at what is SenZen’s claim to fame. It seems to be its “SENZEN Energized Liposomal Blend”. This part was especially important to me since after reading a bit about liposomes. I found this definition on Wikipedia "Liposomes are artificially prepared vesicles made of lipid bilayer. Liposomes can be filled with drugs, and used to deliver drugs for cancer and other diseases. Liposomes can be prepared by disrupting biological membranes, for example by sonication.
Liposomes can be composed of naturally-derived phospholipids with mixed lipid chains (like egg phosphatidylethanolamine) or other surfactants. Liposomes should not be confused with micelles and reverse micelles composed of monolayers.
The Wikipedia description is a scientific explanation, but I found something easy that explains it from Marta "liposomes have a natural ability to target cancer cells", and this liposome delivery system is what is built into all the products in the SenZen line. This means a lot to me because my mother is 78 years old and has been battling skin cancer for years. Right now she is having to undergo radiation treatments for the next 5 weeks and has already had several surgeries to remove various skin cancer from her face. She was the daughter of a farmer in Mississippi and worked out in the fields picking cotton and whatever else needed picking. There were no SPF 30 or 45 suncreens back in the 1940s. The best they had was a break in the shade every couple of hours or a hat, long sleeves, and gloves. That was very hard to do when it was 100 degrees. So she was young and was burned a lot.
I think SenZen is going to be a very good friend to me in the future. So to wrap this up and give you my review of the product test is wonderful. My face looks good, no breakouts and it very hydrated. I do use the Reluma serum and it seems as though I only use half a pump, and it goes a long way. Exfoliation is so important to our skin and our purses. In the long run you will spend less on the more expensive things if you spend a little on the important things. At $42 in the TIA shop it is well worth it. Thanks for allowing me to experience this product. So now I am intrigued by all of SenZen's other products. I look forward to trying some of the others. I have learned more from the TIA community in the past year than all of my other 50 years. Thanks to Marta and all of the other contributors to this awesome web site that provides a wealth of information about ingredients of products as well as opinions and experiences. What better way to learn than from someone who has experienced it.
Happy searching and summer is coming and don't forget the sunscreen!!