In the last few years I’ve come to appreciate a good face mask. I always thought of myself as a makeup hoarder but I find myself buying more skincare lately. I have a few issues with pigmentation and skin sensitivity that I’m constantly trying to tackle. I find a decent face mask makes such a difference in my battle for great skin.
I got this face mask in my fantabulous British Beauty Blogger Beauty Box – find out more about that here. It’s a sample of the REN Glycolatic Radiance Renewal Mask. I am always a little bit fearful of masks that use chemically sounding names or claim to peel anything but I’ve learned not to be afraid. I’m a longtime fan of the Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel and have been using that for a few years now. The REN mask makes similar claims to that promising exfoliating, brightening, tightening and congestion clearing properties. It includes fruit extracts from pineapple, passion fruit, grape and lemon. It also contains something called Papain from Papaya. So the ingredients are similar to the Elemis mask as well.
First thing I noticed was the mask smells a little funny to me, it reminded me of a cough medicine or something but it didn’t put me off. It has a sticky balmy texture. I applied a thin layer of the mask and allowed it to sit for 10 minutes. The package says you might get a tingling sensation and that it may not be suitable for sensitive skin. I have quite sensitive skin although it’s probably not super sensitive but I didn’t have any reaction to this at all.
When I rinsed the mask off my skin felt noticeably smoother and seemed a little tighter but didn’t feel a dry tight if that makes sense! I also noticed some clearing in the pores around my nose which was great as well. It’s definitely a good mask that delivers on what it promises. I’m not sure it’s enough to convert me from my Elemis mask though. The Elemis mask manages to calm skin while also exfoliating it which is quite an achievement. I can see any redness in my skin visibly reduce after using it, this didn’t happen with the REN one. The REN definitely did a better job at firming the skin. So if you don’t have sensitive skin and are looking for a firming, radiance boosting mask, I think this could be a good pick! Also REN cosmetics have excellent eco credentials free from all the chemicals you’d prefer not to have in your cosmetics.
Have you tried anything from Ren? I think I’ll be buying a bigger jar of this in the future, it costs about €28.