It's no wonder REN's Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask is a cult beauty product adored by beauty vloggers/bloggers, notably ViviannaDoesMakeup, Essie Button and Ruth from A Model Recommends it seems to be a must-have product (so therefore I must have it, non?). I think you saw it coming but here goes..I love it (now wasn't that a surprise?)! It really is worth all the hype the beauty world has given it.
Now I should tell you a bit about my skin and my skincare regime. I have normal/combination skin and the truth is I'm very low maintenance when it comes to skincare. As much as I wish I could be bothered to do a full 5 step regime twice daily, alas I cannot. I cleanse and I moisturise..badabing badaboom! I did go through a short phase of trying all the serums, exfoliants, toners, masks (the lot) but my skin didn't thank me for the big bucks I'd spent so I decided to keep it clean and just lay of the masses of skincare (saving me a penny or two on the way). Right now I use the Liz Earle cleanse and polish and the Good Things miracle moisturiser. These are a perfect combination for my skin, no harsh ingredients and all very natural (and affordable).
I was, however, missing something. Sometimes the miserable English weather (tedious, I know) can translate onto my skin and I knew I needed an instant 'pick me up'. As I had a half an hour wait for my train I thought why not take a trip into Space NK (never a good move). The lovely lady explained the idea of it to me and the effects it has, so with my £5 off on my Space NK card I nabbed it at a reasonable £25.
With my low maintenance approach I can deal with the weekly application. It has a fruity smell and as Vivianna (of ViviannaDoesMakeup) noted it is a little like marmalade but being a big fan of marmalade on my toast I have no problems with that..except its not going on toast its being smothered onto my face.. You get an odd tingly sensation a few minutes through which just tells me its working.
The science behind it: The mask has an ingredient called lactic acid which (now don't be put off) supposedly derives from sour milk. The acid is an exfoliant meaning the dead skin cells are removed allowing collagen growth evening out the skins complexion whilst giving it a radiance.
Having used it a good few times I can safely say it is a holy grail product. If like me you were uhmming and ahhing about this REN mask I would definitely say give it a go, the effects are instantaneous and glowing.
You can purchase REN products at Selfridges, Liberty, Space NK and JohnLewis and in the US you can in Sephora.
You can now also buy REN on Asos.
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