When the shadows get longer and the weather gets cooler, my sensitive and highly-reactive skin goes from oily to dry. All summer I fight oil and breakouts. All winter, I fight dehydration and patches of eczema. In October, I fight both oil and dryness! My favourite trick which works on both the dryness my current small rash-like spots is the REN Glycolic Radiance Renewal Mask, which I discovered this summer. I also rely on my trusty Ren Flash Rinse One Minute facial, which I’ve written about several times before. I even put it in my Christmas gift recommendations post last year; it is that good. As I’ve mentioned before, when I travel, the first thing that goes in my bag is the Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial. With my current breakout plus dryness issues, I’ve added the Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask in as well (see my Travel size above on the right, and my (large limited edition) At Home one on the left).
I did a little digging to find out what exactly is in the Glycolactic Mask that makes it work so well on my tricky combination skin. The two main bio actives in this mask are Glycolic Acid (from pineapple) and Lactic Acid (from passion fruit), as the name makes clear. It also contains Citric Acid (from lemon) and Tartaric Acid (from grapes), so you get four potent acids to clear away skin flakes and exfoliate that top layer of dull skin. The other bio actives are Omega 3 and Omega 7 (both from arctic blackcurrant seed) and Papain (from papaya). These last three ingredients act as ‘buffers’ to protect the skin from the acids doing all the heavy duty work. Papain is known to reduce inflammation, and the Omega oils regenerate, calm, and repair. I use this mask on my face and décolleté, but not on my neck, since that is where my eczema has decided to take up residence this year (If you have eczema, you’ll know it often relocates yearly).
The instructions say to apply the Glycolic Radiance Renewal Mask to clean skin, leave for 10 minutes, wipe off with a damp cloth, and rinse with warm water. I do all of that, except I assume if 10 minutes is good, then 20 is better. Although I leave it on for longer than recommended, my skin isn’t irritated by the extra time (your mileage may vary, of course). Having such drastic combination skin, I like leaving the product longer to give the acids more opportunity to work on spots and hoover out blocked pores, especially those on my nose and chin. I’m left with deep-cleaned skin which is perfectly prepped for whatever I need to do next, which is to put on a good serum, moisturiser, spot treatment, or sometimes nothing at all just to give my skin a break.
REN doesn’t test on animals, and isn’t sold in China (where animal testing is mandatory), so not only do I love several of their products (including the Moroccan Rose Otto bath oil which is heavenly), but I love supporting the brand and have done for many years. The only thing that gives me pause is that last year they were acquired by Unilever, which does not have cruelty-free status, but I am at least supporting a line of their business which agrees with my ethical standards.
To celebrate Halloween, REN has an offer running the 26th-31st of October for a whopping 30% off of any of their masks, using the code MASK30 at checkout for UK customers. Apologies to my US readers that I don’t have any good Halloween goodies for you, but if they give me a code to cover non-UK customers, I’ll let you know ASAP!
You can browse all of the REN masks on their website. Obviously, my MUST-HAVES are the Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial and the Glycolic Radiance Renewal Mask, but I’m going to try the Flash Hydro-Boost Instant Plumping Emulsion while this offer is on. As usual, I’ll also stock up on a few of the 1 Minute Facial Masks to have on hand for Christmas and birthday presents. I’ve given these to many of my friends and everyone has loved them and repurchased when they ran out.
Let me know if you’ve tried any of these masks. I’ll update you on the Flash Hydro-Boost one that I haven’t tried yet. It gets amazing reviews online, so I’m very keen to try it!
This review was not paid for, but I was gifted with a product which I already owned (and swear by!) 🙂 Linking to: honestmum