Every time I see my face masks coming to an end and think about going and buying a months worth to keep this going some lovely PR contacts me with something new.. this is one such new item and possibly the most exciting skin care product I’ve had to try since Liquid Gold. Ren is a brand I’ve never tried before but have heard much buzz about so when I was given the opportunity to try their glycolic mask I jumped at it. I recently added glycolic acid to my skincare regimine and have been very happy with the results (I’ll do a follow up post on the Alpha-H soon, I promise) so a weekly treatment to top it up seemed like the perfect fit. I’ve mentioned previously that I’m a heavy mask user and apply them at least 2 or 3 times a week but when it comes to this I will stick to the once weekly rules for 2 reasons. 1. I’m already using glycol every other night and it’s a relatively harsh ingredient, you don’t want to overdo it, 2. it’s not cheap! This bottle will set you back £30 and although it was sent to me and therefor free I realise the value and don’t want to waste what could be a bit special if used correctly.
Ren describes this mask as “A potent bio active peel mask designed to renew the complexion, reduce the appearance of fine lines and dramatically improve skin tone.” As far as I know that’s generally what skincare containing glycol claims to do so I accept that it can deliver all of those things as I’ve seen a marked improvement since using other glycol products. My skin isn’t the least bit sensitive and I rarely feel the slightest tingle but if you do suffer sensitivity then this is one to steer clear of. The bottle directs to leave it on the skin for 10 minutes and wipe clean with the cloth provided (muslin square) …as always I strayed ever so slightly from this and 3 hours later rinsed the jelly off my face. I can confirm I felt no tenderness, saw no redness, I had no adverse effects whatsoever but my skin did feel remarkably smooth upon removal. The other special effects of these glycol based treatments will be seen over time which makes it hard to comment on much other than the immediate and I feel a bit like I’m at a disadvantage in that respect because I don’t think you get a second chance at overnight improvement. The first time I used liquid gold I was amazed how smooth, clear and glowing my skin looked, this felt very similar and I think had I not already been using something with glycol I would have seen more dramatic results.. especially after leaving it on for so long. I don’t mean to go all rambly on you but it’s hard to recommend something pricey when I saw very few real improvements after using it. I’d buy this when it runs out because I think glycol does something amazing for my skin and for those contemplating liquid gold but not totally sold on the concept I’d whole heartedly recommend this as an alternative. Liquid gold doesn’t feel expensive, luxurious or even like it’s doing anything special for your skin yet it’s very pricey. This really feels a bit special and given how often you use it etc I think it will work out a similar cost for the time you have it. If I had to repurchase only one I’d probably get this because I truly miss the serums and lotions on my Alpha-H nights.. but that’s just me. As it is I will continue to use both.
This is turning out to be a much longer post than I’d anticipated but it’s not your average mask and I want to cover all the bases and anticipate questions you may have re the glycol element. I have heard from other bloggers that they use this on an evening when they have nowhere to be the next day because it leaves their skin so red and blotchy after just 10 minutes so be aware that this can happen but also consider that this is effectively a chemical peel at home. There are many benefits and only you know how your skin will react. I’m currently combination/oily but barring sensitive skins I believe this is formulated for all. A quick word on the consistency.. very odd and totally new to me, it smells exactly like Rowntrees jelly straight out of the packet and is gel-like in texture. You really only need one pump to cover your face if like me you’re rationing it but it does recommend a generous layer (they all do though don’t they), it stays sticky and when I washed it off it seemed to heat up.. I took this as a good sign, it felt active! I like that it has a pump, avoids waste, I also like that you can see how much you have left (above). Overall as I said earlier I would (and probably will) purchase this when I run out and I’m very pleased I got the opportunity to try it ’cause I don’t think I’d have gone out of my way to pick it up at the price it is but skincare is something I’m willing to spend money on and I’m definitely willing to spend it on this.
Available here 50ml £30