Reviewed by Kim S.

I always get so excited whenever I try any new product. It almost feels like I’m about to open the treasure chest to the secrets of beauty and science. Whether it’s a sample from my esthetician, a department store manicure or a new product from TIA, I always have that same hope.

When TIA asked me to evaluate Zelens Radiance Luminous Facial Cleanser, I was very excited. Who doesn’t need radiance? The pursuit of “glowing skin” has driven me to have tried everything from expensive and exotic lotions to applying a variety of organic foods on my face (and making a mess of the kitchen in the process). Needless to say, I enthusiastically looked forward to the Zelens cleanser arriving in the mail.

The product itself comes in a package that is beautifully simple. The white bottle looks clean and the pump dispenser makes the cleanser easy to use and portion.

The first thing I noticed was the lovely scent. Being a fan of anything natural, I dislike fragrances in products because I feel like they are a useless additive and, besides, the smell is never “right” (unless the product really takes the years off visibly - then my rules are out the window.) Although I saw fragrance listed as an ingredient in the cleanser, this particular one smelled so fresh and natural I decided I didn’t have an issue with it.

The texture of the cleanser is creamy and luxurious. It washes off easily, leaving a hint of the scent while being very hydrating - a relief for my very dry skin. It claims to remove makeup easily, which I did not find to be the case. It worked reasonably well for light daytime makeup but couldn’t handle evening makeup. Obviously, results will vary depending on which brands of makeup you use.

Now to the main claim this product makes: Radiance. The cleanser features camellia oil and brightening pearl extract to accomplish this task. Would this be the miracle product that brings a fairytale-princess glow to my cheeks? The answer is… a little bit. After four weeks I can say that the cleanser did brighten my skin, a little bit. Maybe not such a significant difference that it would be obviously noticeable by others, but I saw a small change and it was satisfying to me. That may not sound as tantalizing of a result as one would hope, but those of us fighting the battle of aging all understand our interest in anything that gives us an advantage in keeping our face planted firmly in the “radiant” category.

Overall this did not feel like a heavy-hitter in bringing about glowing radiance, but it was a nice cleanser that made my skin feel wonderful, and I think the feel-good factor can be something of value to many women.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Coco-Caprylate, Glycerin, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Phenoxyethanol, Tromethamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum), Xanthan Gum, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Tetrasodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Pearl, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Silanetriol, Sodium Benzoate, Linalool, Sodium Chloride