The Sample: NEW REN Bio-Retinoid Anti-Ageing Concentrate (Review, Swatches & Photos)

8 Dec

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Some of you have expressed interest in reading a review for this product so I thought I’d post it! I’ve had this one for a few months, but now that it’s colder, I feel I’ve really gotten a chance to see what this baby can do! REN, in case you didn’t know, is a skincare brand that believes in a “Clean Skincare” philosophy, which, according to them, can be summed up in three words: Performance, Purity, and Pleasure. “Pleasure” is right! After testing out their Bio-Retinoid Anti-Ageing Concentrate for several months, I can definitely say that my skin is quite pleased!

The Bio-Retinoid Anti-Ageing Concentrate is a “synergistic complex of pure, potent, 100% nature derived Vitamin A, Pro Vitamin A and Retinoid Analogue that combats the appearance of wrinkles, imperfections and age spots leaving the complexion visibly younger, smoother and brighter without the irritating effects of synthetic Retinol.” It’s a light, silky oil-blend serum packaged in a clear, glass bottle with a dropper-top. I do wish the bottle was opaque to better protect the oils so they don’t go rancid, but I must admit that a clear glass bottle is always more aesthetically-pleasing…at least to me.

The smell of this is amazing. It has a light, apricot-y scent to it that isn’t too sweet or heavy. I love it! Though one of the ingredients is Parfum (Fragrance), REN states that it is 100% natural in origin. It’s worth noting that the color is a lovely, light golden-amber. This is due to the natural beta-carotene content (which gives veggies like carrots its beautiful color), otherwise known as “pro vitamin A”–a great antioxidant for the skin.

The oil has a very smooth, silky consistency. I would say it leaves the skin more silky than velvety like some other oils do. It’s really nice. It sinks into the skin beautifully but not completely–it’s not a dry oil so it does leave a bit of moisturizing residue on top of the skin. Because of this (and the fact that it does contain vitamin A/forms of vitamin A–though nowhere near as strong or irritating as other forms of vitamin A), I think it’s ideal for nightly use.

This oil serum was a bit too rich for my oily, acne-prone skin, though. But I do still use this when my skin is desperately dehydrated and needs a little TLC. I take just two or three drops (REN recommends 5 drops), warm it in the palms of my hands, and press it into my skin. If I limit my use to only once every while, it’s okay. Otherwise, I do break out a bit. But I do use it regularly on the backs of my hands, neck, and décolleté, which is what I do when an oil is too rich for my face. It’s brilliant for that and my hands always look so plump and feel so smooth and hydrated!

Because I couldn’t use it daily and because I don’t have wrinkles (yet!), I can’t say whether or not the anti-aging claims are true. This serum won’t exactly get rid of wrinkles or anything like that (for heavy-duty anti-aging, something that contains a stronger form of vitamin A–like retinoic acid–is needed). But it will be great for hydrating, plumping up fine lines, and subtly brightening the skin (thanks to Arctic Seabuckthorn Berry and vitamin E). This serum contains some really awesome ingredients and I think it’s great as a more natural alternative.

Overall, I think this is a great serum for those with dry, normal, and mature skin. Those with combination or oily skin might still like it but may find their use limited to a once-in-a-while basis or relegated other parts of their body. Just because it didn’t work for me doesn’t mean I don’t like it or think it’s great for other skin types. But really, I do like it. If my skin is feeling dehydrated or I have some dry, scaly patches on my skin, I’ll use some of this and within a day, my skin is back in fighting shape!

Pros: great ingredients; smells wonderful; super silky; hydrates and plumps the skin; 1 bottle will last you forever, as only a few drops are needed per night;

Cons: might not be the best option for those with combination or oily skin

»»Pricing: $60/1.02 fl. oz. (30 ml.)


»»Recommended for: dry, normal, and mature skins

»»Overall Rating: A-


Disclaimer: the product(s) featured in this post were provided to The Beauty Sample free of charge by the manufacturer/PR for review purposes only. Regardless of how the product was obtained, my priority is to you, my readers, and I will always give you my honest opinion.

24 Responses to “The Sample: NEW REN Bio-Retinoid Anti-Ageing Concentrate (Review, Swatches & Photos)”

  1. Meryl @ Memoiselle December 8, 2012 at 2:01 am #

    I am currently in search of my HG oil skincare for my face as I am going to travel to a cold country soon (my skin is usually normal to oily). I might take a look at this and see whether I like the texture. My other consideration is Caudalie :)

    • becca December 8, 2012 at 2:10 am #

      Oooh perfect timing then!! :D Where are you traveling to, hon? How exciting! Will it be snowing there??

      I think this might work for you–especially if you will be somewhere extra cold. Are you prone to breakouts? And which Caudalie serum are you thinking of? If you’re thinking of the S.O.S serum, then I HIGHLY recommend! It’s an awesome, awesome serum–very hydrating but doesn’t break me out!

  2. Paris B December 8, 2012 at 2:50 am #

    Mmm… I definitely want this one! Hope to check it out soon :D Thanks for the review Becca!

    • becca December 8, 2012 at 3:29 am #

      Of course, Paris! I hope it works out for you!! :D

  3. Sunny December 8, 2012 at 5:21 am #

    OOO another dry oil on my to-try list! I’ve been really loving their Glycolactic mask. I’m putting this on my wish list!

    • becca December 8, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

      I actually wouldn’t really call this one a dry-oil, Sunny…but it IS still really nice!! :D Just try it–I think you’ll like it!

  4. Beauty Box December 8, 2012 at 5:29 am #

    Man, I’ve read so much about Ren, esp about the serums, which are so tempting…plus naturally derived retinol – wow … I am so tempted to try this although my skin is pretty sensitive. Perhaps I could use it once a week and work my way up to 2-3 times a week.

    • becca December 8, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

      This is actually the first product from REN that I’ve ever tried, but I was quite impressed! There are SO many other products of theirs that I still want to try–everything looks so good! :D

      I think that even if you have very sensitive skin, you would be able to use this more than once a week to start with–it’s not very strong at all! It’s really really great stuff!

  5. Teri December 8, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    I really love the simple ingredientlist. It sounds like something that I would buy. I also really love the fact that it’s an oil, I just really love the feeling of it.

    • becca December 8, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

      I know–it’s refreshing to see a serum that doesn’t contain a bajillion different chemical ingredients, right? This stuff feels amazing on the skin–you’ll love it, Teri!! :D

  6. Larie December 8, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

    I love that REN’s ingredient lists are so short :) I need to try more of their products but I am swimming in skincare at the moment .__.

    • becca December 9, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

      LOL I know how you feel–I have a LOT of skincare products to test out in the upcoming months but it takes sooo long as each product usually needs to be tested for at least 1 month. Arrghh! LOVE skincare though! And LOVING REN!! :D

  7. Emi at Project Swatch December 8, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

    I love oils, this sounds like a really lovely product for someone with dry skin like me!

    • becca December 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

      Oh this would be *amazing* for dry skin!! I even love it and I have very oily skin–I imagine it would be immensely effective for dry skin! :D

  8. Taylor December 8, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

    This sounds lovely. I’m in need of a bit more moisture. I picked up an Omega Serum from REN and its not cutting it, also it smells of omega capsules. I will definitely be picking up a sample f this one :-)

    • becca December 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

      Oh really? Wow you must have extremely dry skin–that serum sounded very heavy duty :P This one is really, really great though! I personally think it would be great for super dry skin…you’ll have to let me know if you do get a chance to try it! :)

  9. Chris El December 10, 2012 at 6:11 am #

    I just got into serums and I’m loving Lancome right now. This looks like it might be a bit too oily for my combo-dry skin.

    • becca December 10, 2012 at 7:48 am #

      Oh nice! Which Lancome serum are you using, Chris? I haven’t tried any of Lancome’s serums yet! This serum is definitely oil-based, but if you use just a few drops, it feels really nice–not greasy–on the skin. I think it’d be great for combination-dry skin–especially during the winter!! :D

  10. Toya December 13, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    I picked up the Tarte Maracuja oil a couple weeks ago, and it really got me back into buying facial oils – I love ‘em! In fact, the first I ever tried was by REN – the Omega-6 or whatever one – and it was quite nice, and you’re right, they smell SO GOOD! This also sounds like another winner, Becca!

    • becca December 13, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

      Oooh I’ve been curious about the Maracuja one for a while! I don’t know why I keep buying oils though–my face generally does NOT like them, but I just LOVE the idea of them :P

  11. Liz December 21, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    Grrrr… I swear I read this post like five times and thought I already left a comment!

    I LOVE REN. Like, really really really love it. My favourite is the AHA Concentrate which is great for oily, acne-prone skin. I use it as a night treatment and wake up with really brightened and clear skin, as long as I’ve cleansed properly and all that. I think this one sounds much heavier than the AHA Concentrate but it might work for me in the winter. I’m really intrigued by Retinol/Retin-A but don’t quite feel the need to go there just yet. Soon though. Just not now. :)

    • becca December 21, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

      Hahha I hate when I do that :P

      REN really is an amazing brand. The formulas, the quality, the philosophy behind the brand…love it! I REALLY want to try the AHA Concentrate and super-popular Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask!

  12. Vivi June 7, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

    Thank you for this review! I have combination skin but more towards the dry side… I’m starting to see some fine lines and wrinkles (oh the horror!) so I’ll definitely check this out.

    • becca June 7, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

      Of course–thank YOU so much for stopping by :)

      I think if you do well with rosehip oil, you will LOVE this one! My skin hates rosehip–it’s too rich and makes me break out instantly :/ But my mom loooves this stuff–it really has helped her skin look and feel plumper and smoother!

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