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-
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