Finding your ideal skincare products can sometimes feel like searching for the Holy Grail. As a trained Beauty Specialist (albeit one that doesn’t practice any more) I’ve always been interested in skincare. Technically, I’m more of a skincare blogger than a beauty blogger, but that tag isn’t as SEO friendly. So, when one of the most exciting PR boxes ever from the cult REN Clean Skincare * brand dropped through my letterbox, I couldn’t believe my luck.
REN Clean Skincare
REN have been on my radar for some time. I’ve read so many good things about the brand and some of my favourite bloggers, including Sophie from GlowSteady, swear by their products. The Clean Skincare tag comes from their commitment to using natural bio-actives, that help skin help itself. And saying no to harsh chemicals and waste. All of their elegant and stylish packaging is 100% recyclable and uses reclaimed ocean plastic where possible. I was very kindly sent three products to try, which I’ve been using over the last few weeks. How have I get on?
Rosa Centifolia™ No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm
“A rich cleansing balm for all skin types that leaves skin purified, calm and glowing.” When you warm a little of the balm in your hands it turns into an oil that you massage over your face and neck for a few minutes. Then you add water to turn it into a milky lather that rinses away.
I’ve not used a cleansing balm or oil before but I was very surprised by this one. It took off all my make up easily, with the exception of my eye make up. I had to remove that separately, but in fairness, I do wear a LOT of mascara and liner. And my skin positively glowed after the very first use, it didn’t feel stripped or tight at all. The main ingredients are nourishing almond oil and Rosa Centifolia flower water, which must be what makes this balm smell so gorgeous. After a few weeks’ use, I can see an improvement in my skin tone and fewer blackheads around my nose as well.
Rose water is often used as a toner so you’re effectively getting both cleansing and toning uses from this product. It also came with a muslin cloth that you can use to remove the balm, although I didn’t because I didn’t want to get it dirty (even though that’s what it’s for!) This is the loveliest cleanser I’ve ever used, well deserving of all the kudos it’s garnered, and I’m not at all surprised it’s a bestseller. It’s certainly a fixture in my skincare routine now.
Sirtuin Phytohormone Replenishing Cream
“An anti-ageing moisturiser for pre- or post-menopausal skin, designed to recharge and replenish.” This is one of REN’s newer products, which helps to promote longevity in the cells and strengthen the skin’s natural barriers. The cream is meant to be used both day and night, over your face and neck.
After using the cream both night and day for a few days, I stopped using it in the morning because my skin simply didn’t need it. I was getting too much of an oily glow by around 11.00am. Now I just apply it at night, after cleansing and using my exfoliating toner. And I smooth it over my décolletage as well (taking my mother’s advice.) The main ingredients are rice protein extract and wild West African yam for stronger, more supple skin. In case you’re wondering about those phytohormones, here’s how Wikipedia defines them. “Plant hormones that control all aspects of growth and development, pathogen defence, stress tolerance and reproductive development.” Pretty powerful stuff, and I can confirm they work!
My oily T-zone was the bane of my teenage years and early twenties. Strangely enough, it was my father who told me I’d be grateful for it when I was older and he’s right. I don’t really have many wrinkles on my face except for a gazillion crows feet around my eyes, which I prefer to call laughter lines 😉 Although I’m definitely in the right age bracket for an anti-ageing cream, I think this formula would be the perfect moisturiser for someone with drier skin than mine. That said, I’m loving how much more plumped up and radiant my face looks even first thing in the morning.
Perfect Canvas Primer Serum
“A perfecting serum for all skin types, designed to sit over moisturiser to smooth fine lines and prime skin for make-up.” You smooth a couple of drops over your face after moisturising (or add it to your moisturiser if you’re pushed for time) and before make-up. I haven’t yet found a primer that can reduce the shine for more than a couple of hours, but I live in hope.
This primer feels very lightweight and gives my skin a soft matte look rather than a chalky one. My skin looks like skin, only better, like you see in the magazines. My make-up goes on like a dream and although my oily T-zone wins out again by mid-morning, my skin doesn’t feel clogged. The main ingredients are blue agave, probiotics and alpha-glucans, with no silicones, so skin can breathe. It’s so good that it’s given me the confidence to go make-up free at weekends (bar a little eye make-up). I love it.
REN are celebrating Perfect Canvas’ first anniversary with a Limited Edition bottle that comes with some illustrated art transfers, so you can customise your bottle, how you like it. I was very lucky to get one of these and as a lipstick lover, of course I decorated mine with lipstick transfers!
I’ve been wanting to try some REN Clean Skincare products for a long time as I’m a big fan of brands that use natural ingredients which are closer to our skin. Skin is the biggest organ on our body so it makes sense to only apply products that you’d be happy (in theory at least) to put in your body too. And I have to say I’m extremely impressed with all the skincare products I’ve been testing, my skin looks and feels clean, fresh and rejuvenated. Huge thanks to REN for sending me all these products, I can honestly say that they’ve bumped some of my previous skincare favourites off their longtime undisputed top spots now.
Have you tried any REN Clean Skincare products before? Are you tempted to try any of these products?
* I was gifted these products in exchange for a review but all opinions are my own and this is an honest, unbiased review.