Friday, August 17, 2012

Radiate Healthy Skin with REN's Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask

If you visit REN's website, the very first image that flashes across the screen in a series of their star products proudly displays the Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask. Touted, among other accomplishments, as a winner of a Martha Stewart Weddings Big Day Beauty Award for instant brightening (not that Martha Stewart's opinion carries all that much weight with me), it's clear that REN is forging a path as a skin care leader despite existing in an already saturated market.

The Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask marks the first of many products I've bought and tested during my skin care rampage (for lack of a better term). Though the mask isn't recommended for extremely sensitive skin, I threw caution to the wind and ordered a bottle. My interested was piqued as I often suffer from dullness, particularly during the winter. I find--come January particularly--that my skin looks a bit gray and lifeless. 

REN's mask promises three key results, and two out of three are right up my alley while the third serves as an added benefit ...
- The removal of dead cells and lifeless skin to promote a glowing complexion.
- The reduction of fine lines and wrinkles (as many skin care products do).
- The reduction of congested skin that leads to blackheads and blemishes. 

The mask is quite thick and blends evenly across the skin to a dense, warm gel consistency. A little goes a long way: the amount dispensed on the left is about all I would require to adequately coat my face and neck. As advised I leave the product on my skin for ten minutes prior to washing it off with the cloth included with the product, though any warm wash cloth will do.

While REN warns of slight tingling I have yet to experience any sensations during or after application. Following application I allow my skin to rest and subsequently apply moisturizer and under eye cream. As a 9-5 office dweller I've noticed a marked difference in the "lit from within" look of my skin, and I simply cannot wait to test the ability of REN's Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask to refresh my dullness even during the dreariest months of this coming winter.

Though I'm admittedly not the best where cosmetics are concerned, I want to make a concerted effort to include high resolution shots of the ingredients used in the skin care products I review. As a girl often on the lookout for particular ingredients I want to make sure that I give readers the whole picture of a product ... not just my opinion and personal experience.

I will say that I'm drawn to REN's products as the brand has a five point system emphasizing bio friendly and skin friendly practices. Apart from aloe (which has a wicked tendency to break me out if present in high concentrations), many of the ingredients that do irritate my skin are on REN's list of common skin care components their products are formulated without. Their clean slate is evident below: as little as I know about the science behind skin care it's apparent that REN's products are largely bio based.

I have quite a lengthy list of REN products that I'm eager to try: more masks, eye creams and serums for the coming cold months than I really do need. But what can I say? I'm extremely impressed by the gentle feeling of a product that could be relatively abrasive. Many of my past experiences with home chemical peel masks have not been positive. I would have hesitated even with this mask were it not for REN's stellar reputation for gentle treatments all skin types can enjoy.

Have you tried Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask? Do you have a favorite REN product you cannot live without--I'm always open to recommendations!