Ah, yes..another post on a skincare product. Skincare is my true love. I never, ever get tired of reading about skincare. I also love the words associated with beautiful skin like glow, radiance, clear, clean, soft, smooth...it's poetry to me! Ren Clean Skincare Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask ($55/1.7oz) came to my attention from a beauty blogger who raved about how effective it was on her skin. As this mask already has the words "clean, radiance and renewal" in its title, one positive review was all it took to make me click "add to the basket" during a recent Sephora haul.
Here it is all boxed up and ready for me to put my greedy mitts all over:
This product is described as "a potent, exfoliating mask formulated to renew the complexion (yesss!), dramatically improve skin tone and radiance and reduce the appearance of fine lines. It removes dead skin cells to renew the complexion. Skin looks brighter, healthier, more radiant. Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Combats congestion, blackheads and blemishes." That is pretty much a mic drop, right? Does anything else need to be said?
It's packaged in a pump bottle as noted above and has a medium-thick consistency. It's suitable for all skin types except you sensitive skinned folks. It may be used weekly and placed on the skin for 10 minutes after which you remove it with the dampened enclosed cloth (looks like microfiber) and then do a final rinse with warm water. It smells fruity and natural, not overpowering. It spreads out easily and glistens, making it look like you dipped your face in oil. Hot.
Ingredients include glycolic, lactic, citric and tartaric acids along with extract of passion fruit, grape, pineapple, lemon, omega 3 and 7 papain. There is no crap in the formulation like parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance or colors or silicones. In addition, it is dermatologist tested and approved with no animal testing. The one thing to be mindful of is sun sensitivity, therefore, SPF is critical (should be in your life at this point). So, was this mask....everything? Is it the Beyoncé of the skincare world?
Verdict: This mask was mighty fine! Lately, I haven't been too aggressive with exfoliation as I had laser treatment and did not want to disrupt the healing process going on. My skin was feeling rough and bumpy so it was ready to receive some good loving from this mask. It mildly stung with application but that dissipated shortly. I removed it with the enclosed microfiber cloth and my skin felt very, very soft and smooth. It was gentle, did not cause any redness and even got the sides of my nose cleaned out. I enjoyed this mask as an alternative to the usual exfoliation process of applying a scrub with granules in circular motions. Basically, you spread it on and let it do all the work. Great! How often does that happen? Ren, you are a perfect ten! For info/purchase, head to sephora.com or www.renskincare.com