Luckily for me, working in the beauty industry lets me test out all kinds of products, so I usually get these beautiful, curated packages sent to my door. I’m always excited to get these packages but when I got a package from REN Skincare, full of their best-sellers, I was so excited because I literally swear by their Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask. It’s been a staple in my beauty cabinet for the last 2-3 years. I kid you not, this product does wonders for my dry and rough skin.
(The white cloth pictured is very helpful in removing the sticky mask!)
What REN Says:
Our Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask (such a long name!) is an instant complexion-perfecting mask that brightens and renews skin tone and texture, minimizes pores and discoloration and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in just 10 minutes.
The results according to REN include removal of dead skin cells, brighter and healthier looking skin, reduction in appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and helps combat congestion, blackheads and blemishes.
What I say:
For me, it absolutely removes my dead skin cells and leaves my skin silky smooth. Makeup goes on like a dream after I use this mask. My skin does look more radiant and has less discoloration. As any exfoliator will do, fine lines and wrinkles will be less noticeable but it won’t take them away. I am not sure on the reduction of blackheads since I don’t have any. The claim about blemishes, I am not sure about as these acids can be a bit harmful to a recent breakout but, it definitely can help combat any scars or marks left over from previous breakouts.
I am a huge fan of chemical exfoliants. I use them day and night! I prefer them to manual exfoliation. Matter of fact, I haven’t manually exfoliating in months! Chemical exfoliation is far superior because it can penetrate more layers of skin and have a better impact on your skin overall.
What I don’t like about this mask is how sticky it is. I know, I am nitpicking here but masks like these are a bit annoying when you have long hair. But this can easily be solved by wearing a head band and putting your hair up. It does “burn” a bit, but only sometimes. Sometimes I feel nothing. It depends on how my skin is that day. Nothing excruciating though. I honestly recommend you trying this out as the price point is great for the quality of product you get ($55 USD). It’s full of acids that are really beneficial to removing dead, rough skin (Glycolic Acid from Pineapples, Lactic Acid from Passion Fruit and Citric Acid from Lemons are just a few of the food based acids). Think of this mask as eating away all your dead skin cells and revealing a fresh new layer.
The only concern you should have about this mask is if it breaks you out or not. It will work on almost everyone (unless you have been using high levels of acid based masks for a while) and leave your skin smooth and fresh. The only issue would be if the mask tends to break you out or not. Yes it does what it says but everyones skin is different. The only way you will know is if you try it out! I personally love it and I think everyone should try this mask out if they have issues with rough skin texture, uneven skin tone and fine lines. It still is a staple in my beauty closet, but lets see how long it lasts as I tend to increase the percentage of acids I use.
Check back for a review on their new Flash Hydro Boost (spoiler: I’m also loving it and it’s been only two days!)