Everyone knows that spring is a time for renewal and rebirth…a time for fresh starts and new beginnings. Why shouldn’t that philosophy extend to your skin, as well? Let’s face it: no one feels like their complexion is the freshest or brightest straight out of the winter season. Everyone needs a little TLC come spring, and that’s where REN’s Radiance line comes in. REN’s Radiance range consists of 4 products: the Resurfacing AHA Concentrate, the Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask, the Radiance Perfection Serum, and the Micro Polish Cleanser. Today, I’ll be showing you the Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask.
According to REN, this mask is “A potent bio active peel mask designed to renew the complexion, reduce the appearance of fine lines and dramatically improve skin tone.” It works to remove dead skin cells that dull the complexion, resulting in a more radiant, even tone. It’s also supposed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and minimize blackheads and blemishes.
REN’s mask features a 4-fruit-acid-complex of lactic, glycolic, citric, and tartaric as well as papaya enzymes to really deliver a potent yet effective exfoliating punch. As per usual with REN’s products, this mask is paraben, sulfate, synthetic fragrance/dye, and petrochemical-free.
The mask comes packaged in a vacuum-sealed plastic pump-bottle. I really like the way REN packages their products–it’s very sanitary and keeps the ingredients fresh and effective, resulting in less need for preservatives. The pump is also very effective at controlling the amount of product it disperses, so you can really apply just a fraction of a pump if you so desire. The mask also comes with a muslin cloth (sealed in plastic when you first get it) for removing the mask with.
The mask is translucent-orange in color and has a thick gel consistency. There is a light, natural kind of citrusy-apricot scent to it–it’s very fresh and invigorating. The product smoothes on easily and only a small amount is needed to cover the entire face and neck.
The first time I tested this mask, my skin was a little bit dry and raw from the winter cold. It did sting a bit upon initial application but after a minute I was totally fine. I think it was just due to me overapplying and my skin being a little dry and sensitive at the time. I’ve been using it about once a week since and I’ve had no problems and experienced no stinging/tingling of any kind. There is a tiny bit of a warming sensation once it’s been on your skin for a few minutes but it’s not unpleasant or even really that noticeable at all.
After rinsing, my skin feels smooth and looks fresh and radiant. I don’t think the results I got were quite as drastic as I thought they’d be but I think that’s because I’ve been using exfoliants and retinoids regularly for a long time and have very hardy, acne-prone skin that can take a lot. For me, this acts as great touch-up mask to use in-between the “harder” stuff. It’s also great for when I have some breakouts on my face. I just used this last night and when I woke up, 2 of the 3 small pimples I had on my face were gone and the large cystic pimple on my chin (fml) had been brought to the surface a bit more.
At $55 for 1.7 fl. oz., this mask is pretty pricey. But I personally love it and will probably repurchase in the future, though it is by no means a must-have for someone like me who needs stronger actives to see visible results. Still, I think it’s a nice pick-me-up and would definitely reach for it if I had somewhere to go and needed a quick, gentle mask that boosted radiance a bit. Those with normal and combination skin will probably get the best results, making this product more worth their while. I think some with dry and/or sensitive skin will be able to enjoy this too but be sure to always test on a small patch of skin first.
»»Pricing: $55/1.7 fl. oz. (50 ml.)
»»Recommended for: normal, combination, and oily skin
»»Overall Rating: A
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