Monday, November 19, 2012

Ren Glycolactic Skin Renewal Peel Mask

I had wanted to try this mask for ages, but at £30 for 50ml, I wasn't happy to part with my hard-earned pennies until I was sure that it was the product for me. So, I managed to get my hands on this 15ml sample. I have used this about four times so far, suffice to say, the tube s nearly empty. You can probably get about six applications out of this, seven at a push.

Just a little foreword about Ren as a brand, before we move onto the product itself. 
All of their products are formulated WITH 100% natural active ingredients, and WITHOUT any parabens, sulfates, petro-chemicals, synthetic dyes/fragrances or phtalates. On top of this, they do not test/have their products tested on animals. With all this in mind, I was already holding Ren pretty high in my estimation, as most of you will know that I am a huge fan of organic skincare, and products which use natural or naturally derived ingredients where possible.

So, what does this product claim to do? Well, it's a potent bio active skin peel mask, designed to improve radiance by renewing the complexion, as well as reducing the appearance of fine lines and combating congestion. Fruit acids from passion fruit, grape, pineapple and lemon, as well as Papain - a bio extract from papaya - to exfoliate the outer layer of skin and encourage cell turnover, are the active ingredients in this skin treat.  Do give this one a miss if you've got extremely sensitive skin though, as Ren say that it's probably not the mask for you.

So, first impressions.
The mask is a thick, sort of lumpy consistency, orange in colour, and smells like orange marmalade, or something similar. For me, that's completely fine - it only makes me more aware of all the natural goodies the mask contains, and I love to know that I'm using things like this on my skin, rather than nasty chemicals . Plus, I love the smell of fruit.

(Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of what the mask itself looks like, and the consistency, so please forgive me for using this image from Google, below. I really wanted to show you how it looks, and what to expect.)

To use the mask, you basically apply a generous layer to the skin, (at which point it really does feel like you're slathering on a good coating of sticky marmalade), being sure to avoid the eyes. Leave for ten minutes, and wipe away using a muslin cloth soaked in warm water.

What struck me most about this mask is that, despite being a skin peel, this mask doesn't harden. In fact, it doesn't dry at all. In fact, this is the first skin peel mask I have used where this was the case, and so I was worried it might not do as great a job as I was hoping.

Upon wiping the mask away, I noticed that my skin looked really clean and fresh, but I was just about to go to bed and so chose to reserve judgement until the morning. The next day, my skin was absolutely glowing with health, and my makeup went on a lot smoother than normal, the radiance showing through. I can't really vouch for it's affect on fine lines, as the only ones I have are around my eyes, and obviously these were left free from the mask.

I'm not going to say that this is a miracle worker, but it does do the job. It perks up my skin, and is a pleasure to use if, like me, you like the smell of fruit! I've been using this mask once a week, and am planning on buying the full-size version once I run out.

Have you tried anything from Ren? What did you think?



  1. I've used this every Sunday for 3 weeks and while my skin feels okay after, it doesn't seem to be much better than using any other face mask! I keep using it hoping it will do something magical, but so far nothing :(! Glad it's worked for you though, I had high hopes but maybe it's just not for everyone! x

  2. I really want to try this. I know many bloggers love it. X

  3. This sounds amazing!! I really want to try it. It is dear but if it works it's worth it. Added to my wish list :) M x

  4. This has been on my wishlist for a very long time now. Have you noticed any brightening on some darker spots (if you have any;-) ? x

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  5. I love the sound of REN products, but most of them contain alcohol denat which just breaks me out :-( This sounds like it's working great for you :-) xx

  6. This is on my Christmas list I've been wanting to try it for ages. I've never seen a bad word about it though so I don't mind forking out for full size straight away. xxx

  7. Looks like a really good product Mel - sounds similar in theory to Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel which I used ages ago! Will have to keep an eye out for any offers - would love to give this a go! xx

  8. What a great review! It really does tick all the boxes. Can I be cheeky and ask how you got hold of your sample? Was it just in store? xx

  9. i have only heard good things about this! i cant wait to try it,thanks for the great review as always mel :)

  10. Heard all good things about REN products, now I really wanna try this mask! I love my Origins out of trouble mask but it's white and I love bright masks with different colours! really good review thanks :)


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