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I’m becoming well acquainted with REN’s skin care as I slowly work my way around the range. I previously reviewed their Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask (which I loved) and Rosa Centifolia No1 Purity Cleansing Balm (again another beauty). Next up is the Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser.
Predictably it functions in exactly the same way as Liz Earle’s legendary Cleanse and Polish (it even comes with a pump) so it’s quite a feat to challenge a firm favourite amongst those loyal to THAT creamy cleanser and muslin cloth…although to be fair to REN, the routine is slightly different.
Apply to dry skin and gently massage the creamy cleanser over the face and neck. The cleanser comes with a decent flannel (as opposed to the flimsy muslin cloth) that you rinse in warm water and first place over the face to open the pores, then lightly polish off the cleanser to remove dirt, make-up and loosen dead skin cells. Finally you’re mean to splash with cool water to close the pores.
I don’t feel comfortable with one cleanse being adequate to remove make-up that’s been slapped on my face all day so I will double-cleanse to make sure any leftover bits are removed. When it comes to cleansing, nothing is more relaxing and satisfying than wiping it all off with a steaming, hot flannel.
The magical ingredients in this mixture are Vitamin P to decongest and soothe, Triglycerides from Cocoa Seed Butter to improve the skin barrier functions against moisture loss and Rosa Damascena from Damask Rose Petals to relieve and soothe skin.
There are no fancy frills with this – it is a straight-forward cream cleanser that’s skin-friendly for all types. After use my dry/normal combination skin does clean and clear as well as soft and touchable. I also think the rose scent is subtle as opposed to Liz Earle’s strong eucalyptus smell but that’s as exciting as things get. It’s an alternative choice for a cream cleanser, not ground-breaking but far from terrible.
Personal preference rules here and if you favour the cream cleanser and hot cloth routine, you may be inclined to give REN’s version a go. There is no reason why you shouldn’t. You may even like it better and it’s reasonably priced at £16 for 150ml. I just think there are other products from REN that are more worthy of a nod. I suspect the Clarifying Toner is one of them, which I’ve recently ordered from their website. I have been looking for a gentle, everyday exfoliating toner and this one has had rave reviews so I’m quietly confident it will deliver. I’ll let you know how I get on.
What REN products have you tried? I’d love to know your thoughts.
My fascination with cleansing balms thankfully isn’t getting tiresome. It’s by far my most favourite type of cleanser – quick, easy, effective and a mini facial rolled into one.
When REN sent me their newest cleansing balm in the form of their Rosa Centrifolia Cleansing Balm, I did clap my hands rather excitedly. I could feel it in my waters that this would be a good ‘un.
Some of you may have noticed this cleansing balm was my product of the week on Grazia Beauty recently. I know REN has a sterling reputation for understanding skin care plus their products are free of the nasties so naturally I gravitate towards these factors.Its no-fuss packaging takes a back seat – it would seem REN prides itself on the actual product rather than how fancy it looks in your bathroom cabinet.
Suitable for all skin types, the cleanser is thick in consistency and softly infused with roses, which not only smell wonderful but acts as an anti-inflammatory, helping to soothe irritated skin. It emulsifies into a rich milk with warm water and breaks down the particles of make-up which can be rinsed off. My preference is to wipe it off with a warm flannel, which is far more satisfying. Extremely kind and gentle to the skin, it leaves my skin feeling baby soft and glowing, not to mention spotless.
I like the fact it’s in a big tube so you only squeeze out as much as you need and of course it’s more hygienic than dipping your fingers in a pot. It’s also convenient for travelling.
Cost wise you’re looking at shelling out £23 for 100ml – reasonably priced than some of the leading cleansing balms on the market and equally as high performing, if not better. Thank you, REN for putting your heart and soul into creating this cleansing balm – this is going in my top three for sure.
To buy online visit www.renskincare.com.
Face masks come in many forms. The ones I’m familiar with are of the muddy and creamy variety, and usually the results I’m after is impurities being drawn out with the aftermath being left with soft, clean skin.
Mind you, I do a spectacular job of neglecting my facial pampering duties purely down to laziness. I will cleanse, exfoliate and do my routine skin care regime religiously but ignore applying a mask. Every now and then, it would be good of me to indulge in one and well, just chill out.
One such product that only needs 10 minutes is REN’s Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask. It’s a potent bio active exfoliating mask that removes dead skin cells and renews the complexion, improving skin tone and radiance and reducing the appearance of fine lines. It looks like marmalade and smells like it too. Actually extracts of Passion Fruit, Grape, Pineapple and Lemon contribute to its fruitiness.
It’s a sticky looking and feeling face mask and although it says it’s for all skin types except those prone to sensitivity, it sure as hell tingles – well, it’s a peel mask after all. Once time is up, you remove the mask with a damp cloth although I prefer to use a flannel as the cloth enclosed with this product is one of those muslin ones which don’t do anything (for me).
Straight away my skin looked smooth, bright and clear, more awakened in fact and it also felt very soft. A few hours later when I was about to apply make-up, I noticed my face was glowing. To be honest, I hadn’t used this mask for quite some time (several weeks, in fact – eek!) so to get immediate results is pretty remarkable. I didn’t suffer any adverse effects, blotchiness or get any kind of other reaction, but if you are super sensitive then I would avoid this at-home-peel mask. If anything, the irritation may be too much to bear.
It’s advised to use this once a week and I can see why because of the glycolic acid ingredient. My knowledge and experience of using glycolic acid isn’t great because up until now, I’ve never tried it (or any such chemical peel mask) but I know it’s something you ought to use carefully because it can feel quite harsh on the skin. Having said that, this is a paraben-free formula, also void of other nasties.
The mask comes with a pump so you only use as much as you need and you can see how much is left. At £30 for 50ml it’s much cheaper than going for a salon facial and it will last weeks. I’ve probably used this four times and still have two-thirds remaining.
This is my first experience with a REN skin care and I can’t say I’m disappointed but I don’t think it’s for everyone so approach with caution. If you’re a fan, do let me know what other REN skin care goodies you’d recommend.