Wednesday, September 19, 2012

REN Rose O12 Ultra-Moisture Serum

My current obsession is undoubtedly all things skin care. At least for the moment, serums are my object of obsession fascination. My recent love affair with the brand REN led me to the crown jewel of their moisturizing collection: Rose O12 Ultra-Moisture Serum. Though I don’t have a great need for it at this time of year, as the temperature plunges the amount of moisture my skin craves skyrockets. I treated myself to a bottle with a Sephora gift card I received for my birthday in hopes of using it during the depths of winter.

REN describes the product as: “an ultra-moisture serum formulated to give dry and dehydrated skin glowing softness, comfort and radiance.” Other purported benefits include radiance boosting, softness and increased elasticity along with “bio active antioxidant ingredients” that supposedly protect the skin against free radicals. As tempting as it is to trust many of the far reaching claims made by skin care brands, I tend to focus on the base claim of any given product. In this case, I expect moisture moisture moisture.

REN’s Rose 012 Serum is somewhat thicker than others I own. It holds its shape when dispensed and spreads into a thick layer on top of my skin that sinks in slowly. Though I like the extended release nature of the moisture, the thickness of the serum on my skin makes me less inclined to use the product than other serums in my repertoire … at least for the time being. As odd as it sounds the same quality I dislike at this time of year will probably make me more likely to reach for REN’s Ultra-Moisture Serum when the snow is swirling outside my window. 

Much like REN’s Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask (review here) the ingredients are predominantly natural.

In terms of overall effectiveness I have no complaints. I almost always apply moisture serums in the evening before heading to bed, and as with the rest I wake up in the morning with glowing, plump and moisturized skin. Given the combination of the consistency and the price (read: USD $80.00!), though, I’ll be more apt to reach for serums that are as effective and less expensive to replace when I’ve run out (Caudalie’s S.O.S. Quenching Serum is my favorite).

Have you tried REN’s Rose O12 Ultra-Moisture Serum? What were your thoughts?