REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask

Face masks. My twice-a-week guilty pleasures. REN being one of my most preferred brands I’ll try to be un-biased, but they have done it again. After a long day of work (or shopping…) I love to have a mini pamper session and start with exfoliating my skin, to create a better ‘canvas’ for the other products to be absorbed properly. Now not too long ago, I thought that exfoliating meant scrubs and peels only, but I’m glad to have tasted the waters and branched out to exfoliating toners and masks. Today in the spotlight: Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask. Phew, that’s a whole mouth full.

For those that don’t know REN (seriously, have you been living under a big rock?!), it’s a skincare brand that is free from most ingredients you wouldn’t like to rub onto your face and body, such as synthetic fragrance, SLS, parabens, silicones. Their philosophy being ‘performance, purity, pleasure’, you can count on it to work even on the most sensitive skin.

The mask has a sticky, gel-ish texture making it easy to spread across your face. It smells really fresh and fruity, because of the natural fruit acids that are derived from passion fruit, lemon, grape, pineapple and papaya. I have combination skin, which can be quite sensitive and prone to break outs and I haven’t had any problems with this mask. Because it’s a fruit peel, instead of a chemical one, it’s much gentler on the skin. I leave it on for about 20 minutes and then take it off with the cloth that comes with the mask, soaked in lukewarm water. I’ve noticed much smoother and brighter skin directly afterwards and also noticed that some pigmentation had gotten lighter after a few uses. I’m not sure if it actually is that effective against blackheads and blemishes, but as it does exfoliate the skin, meaning reducing skin congestion, I do have less of those ‘under-the-skin-bumps’ (also know as white heads).

Final verdict: a great mask. Yet again you’ve done it REN. It will set you back £30 for 50ml, however a little goes a long way and with the results I’ve gotten out of it, it’s worth every penny.

What’s your favorite (exfoliating) mask? 


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