Ren is brand from the United Kingdom which focuses on “natural” ingredients or what the company calls “Clean Skincare”. Ren claims to use only 100 percent plant and mineral derived actives and is free of synthetic ingredients. I won’t go into the debate surrounding synthetic vs. natural ingredients but just review the products I tested like I would any others.
I purchased a full size of the Clarimatte T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel as well as a kit which contained the Day Cream, Cleansing Water, Eye Gel and Serum and received the Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask as a gift with purchase. Some of you may recall that I had been working my way through the Kate Somerville Blemish Banisher Kit, which I finished last month (with the exception of the EradiKate). After emptying those products, I immediately began with the Ren and have been using them for about four weeks. Here are my thoughts….
Ren Rosa Centifolia 3-In-1 Cleansing Water
The Ren 3-In-1 Cleansing Water is touted as a detergent free ‘beauty water’ (rose water) that will remove “everyday make-up”, leaving skin feeling purified, fresh, revived and toned without tightness or dryness.
Although it is marketed for those with sensitive and reactive skin (and to be used around the eye area), I actually found that this stung my eyes a bit. I suspect it is the Citronellol because the ingredient list on this product is quite small otherwise (which is usually a good thing). It takes several passes with a large cotton pad to remove a full face (I usually used two large cotton rounds, so I found I went through the cleansing water quite quickly). This product is free of alcohol, soap, and detergent.
A full size is 6.8 fl oz or 200 ml and retails for $25.00 USD/£13.00.
Ren Clarimatte T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel
The Ren Clarimatte T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel is geared toward acne-prone and oily skin types. It is formulated to “balance the complexion, remove dirt, and dissolve excess sebum” while the “bio active extract of mayblossom provides skin with flavinoid nutrients as it works to decongest the skin”. It also contains Willow Bark as an antibacterial agent and Guaiazulene to calm redness and soothes minor irritations.
This cleanser has a very mild foam and I found it worked best with my Clarisonic. It leaves the skin feeling refreshed but not stripped. Those that are accustomed to more “foaming action”, however, may not feel it leaves the skin “squeaky clean”. I also noticed that since using it my breakouts have lessened in severity.
A full size is 5.1 fl oz/150 ml and retails for $28.00/£15.00.
Ren Active 7 Eye Gel
The Active 7 Eye Gel is a “light and cooling gel to treat, revive and brighten the delicate eye area, under or over makeup“. It is formulated to cool and refresh, reducing the appearance of puffiness and dark circles resulting in a smoother, firmer eye contour.
Key ingredients/claims include: Vitamin P (Flavonoids) from Damask Rose Water as an anti-inflammatory, Flavonoids from Arnica to reduce puffiness, Mucilages from Fig to soothe, Polysaccharides from Zostera Marina to increase and maintain moisture levels, Ginsengoside (Ginseng) to boosts circulation in the capillaries and Tyrosinase Inhibitor from Wild Canadian Rumex to reduce dark pigmentation and redness.
Despite being light in texture and feel, I found the eye gel to be quite hydrating. I mostly used it in the mornings but I did take the eye gel with me on a recent trip and found it sufficiently moisturizing to use day and night
A full size is .5 fl oz/15 ml and retails for $30.00 USD/£20.00.
Ren EverCalm Global Protection Day Cream
The Ren EverCalm Global Protection Day Cream is formulated especially for sensitive skin, to leave it “optimally hydrated, calmed, soothed, protected and looking beautifully healthy”. It protects against free radicals to combat the signs of premature ageing.
This moisturizer contains Ren’s “global protection complex” – Antileukine from ochroleuca seaweed, tocotrienols from arctic cranberry seed oil, kaempferol from candle tree leaves and leghemoglobin from kudzu zymbiozome which the company claims “are a powerful blend of anti-oxidants and free radical scavengers to protect the skin against UV induced damage and premature ageing”.
Besides the lack of SPF, I really enjoyed this moisturizer. It has a medium weight in terms of richness which was particularly helpful on those mornings where my skin felt parched.
A full size is 1.7 fl oz/50 ml and retails for $45.00 USD/£27.00.
Ren Vita Mineral Omega 3 Optimum Skin Serum Oil
Formally known as the Omega 3 Night Serum, this “skin-transforming oil” helps to strengthen the skin’s vital lipid barrier. It is a Serum-Oil combo formulated to re-energize skin cell activity to improve moisture levels and boost overall skin health and vitality. It claims to reduce visible signs of aging including fine lines and wrinkles and sensitivity, leaving skin looking plumper, healthier, and youthful. It is formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates.
I used the Ren Vita Mineral Omega 3 in combination with La Roche Posay Effaclar H (reviewed here) to save my skin from it’s recent dry spell. When first applied, there is a whiff of fish oil scent that is definitely there but not overwhelming. It didn’t bother me, but I thought it worth mentioning. Immediately following use, skin looks healthy, plump and radiant.
A full size which is 1.02 fl oz/30 ml retails for $45.00 USD/£23.00.
Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask
The Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Peel Mask claims to reduce the visibility of fine lines, congestion and blackheads while improving skin tone and clarity (i.e. post acne scars). It achieves exfoliation through the use of a four-fruit acid complex of lactic, glycolic, tartaric, and citric acids as well as papain enzyme. As such, it is not recommended for sensitive skin types. It does not contain T.E.A, D.E.A, glycols, silicones, or PEGs.
I’ve been enjoying this mask particularly as a method to remove the top layer of dry, dead skin as a result of the acne treatments I’ve been using. It does a good job removing those dry patches and, although I’ve only used it about four times, I did notice an improvement in the appearance of post acne marks. I imagine, over time, it would do an even better job. Upon application, it has a pleasant, fruity smell and looks sort of like apple sauce. 🙂 There is a mild stinging sensation that lasts a few moments.
Oh, and the directions say “peel” and lift the mask away after ten minutes, then rinse, possibly leaving one with the impression that this is a “peel-off” mask akin to the ones that, once dry, one removes in a single layer from the skin. That’s not the case. The Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Peel Mask has a goopy texture that stays pretty wet. I think what is meant by “peel” is that it is peeling off the dead skin through exfoliation.
A full size is 1.7 fl oz. and retails for $55.00 USD/£30.00.
I enjoyed this little journey into the Ren Skincare line. The standouts for me are the Clarimatte T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel, Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Peel Mask and Vita Mineral Omega 3 Optimum Skin Serum Oil. I do feel, however, that, generally speaking, some of the items are over-priced. The U.K. prices points, however, seem a bit more “reasonable” as far as higher end skincare lines go.
I hope you guys have enjoyed this Ren Skincare review. You can find Ren products on the company’s website, as well as Beautybar.com, Space NK and Sephora. (BONUS: Save $25 off $100 on your Beauty Bar with code: FALLCARE14. Expires 10/26)
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