Ren Skincare Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask Review

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I have to confession to make, I have been wearing  a mask. And, it’s not just this Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask. It’s actually my make up!

I am still using the Flash Hydro Boost Daily. Except for the ‘Lost Week’! But, I still love it and I am now getting to the point in the weather and my skin where I think I’ll layer it with another moisturiser (as directed), to give my skin more of a fighting chance against the elements. If you want to see my full review, it’s here: Flash Hydro Boost Review.

But, alas, I know exactly what has been stealing that glow:  I had a couple of weeks where I just wasn’t sleeping and my whole body suffered. A good moisturising and nutrition routine works wonders. But, the mask of makeup I’ve been hastily trowelling on to compensate for the lack of sleep has been a recipe for certain skin dullness (verdict: Too matte, far too matte).

So, at the moment, it’s time to experiment with different cosmetic products and my make up application.  And this is also perfect time to add a new mask to my routine to give it all a little extra boost.

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Step forward the Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask because there is always room for renewed radiance! I actually filmed a whole first impressions video for our YouTube channel. In it I am makeup free throughout. Don’t be scared (even though I did film it over Halloween), I just wanted to give a really full review. We’re in the process of moving, so bear with me, I’ll get it up as soon as possible!

So, what is this mask all about?

The Glycolactic Radiance Renewal mask is an exfoliating, decongestant and brightening mask. It’s not a peel off and it’s not a traditional exfoliant scrub. It all feels quite gentle, despite the 6.5% glycolic acid (it doesn’t contain the highest % of glycolic you can get, but it’s definitely there, along with other fruit acids, which are the key ingredients for the skin renewing and smoothing qualities).  The results for me are much better than any other scrubs and peels and have come with absolutely zero irritation. And, definitely not a micro bead in sight.

According to REN Skincare

“A blend of Glycolic, Lactic, Citric and Tartaric Acids, sourced from extracts of Pineapple, Passion Fruit, Lemon and Grape, work with Papain from Mexican Papaya to deeply exfoliate, decongest and purify the skin thereby smoothing skin texture and reducing the appearance of fine lines. Omega 3 and 7 nourish, soothe and repair the skin to ensure skin remains calm and soothed.”

What’s in the box?

The muslin cloth is fairly thin and so it also rinses off easily. I just make sure it’s fully clean and hang it up to dry. I’ve used it a couple of times and it fairs ok. It’s not one you’d keep for years (would you want to?), but I think it will last you the length of the product at least. I can let you know when I get to the end of it.  I wanted to give it a more thorough clean, but I didn’t want to mix detergent with it, and it’s far too small to go in a wash on its own, so for that I just boiled it!  I’m sure you could use any clean muslin cloth though. As a mum,  I am fully kitted out with muslins!

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How do you use it

Pretty straight forward: Apply the mask to your clean skin and neck via the pump dispenser. Smooth it on (avoiding the eye area – the first time, I got carried away and did go under my eyes. Not recommended, though I am pleased to say, they are OK. Phew!). Wait 10 minutes. Then dampen the muslin cloth that comes with it under warm water and use the cloth to wipe off all the product.

The mask almost feels like runny honey in texture – but, not so sticky! It smells delicious and citrusy but in a very light and not over powering way. It sits on your skin very comfortably and is not one of those that pulls or dries. In fact, quite the opposite – I looked like an oil slick with it on! Seriously, look at the photo! I had a slight tingle when I first applied (which the box says you might experience) and that was it. No irritation. At all. Even on my poor eye area that I gleefully covered and then realised I shouldn’t have and hastily had to wipe it off!

And, although it feels and looks like honey, it comes off really easily and cleanly with the muslin cloth. Yup, REN clean skincare strikes again!

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The results

I’m getting braver with these selfies! My skin felt impossibly soft afterwards, so much so that the first time I just applied my Flash Hydro-Boost afterwards and didn’t bother with any makeup, except a slick of eyeliner (essential!). It seemed a shame to. The combination of the two is just parfait! But, the website does recommend you follow up with their Radiance Perfection Serum and also an SPF like their Satin Perfection BB Cream as your skin will be more susceptible to the UVA UVB rays and it’s just good skin practice anyway!

My pores are minimised, my skin is so much smoother. I had a bit of a problem pore area on my chin, which I only noticed when I was taking some pics for my Invisalign story (yes, I’m now wearing clear braces!). After using the mask, it’s as if that chin episode never even happened – congestion is all but gone. I have also noticed a toning effect in my areas of pigmentation, so I can really see it having some great advantages over the coming months.

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Who is it for?

Unlike the Flash Hydro-Boost, this one states it is not suitable for sensitive skin. My skin can be sensitive and very temperamental, as I mentioned in the last review and I have had no issues with any REN products. BUT, I would say, if you have any sensitive skin, it’s best to avoid this one. Sorry.

But, if your skin isn’t sensitive and you’re looking for a gentle feeling mask that actually works an absolute charm to tone, smooth and exfoliate – this is definitely worth a try.

For me, the radiance comes more from the fact that you will be revealing a fresh layer of baby soft skin, rather than from its hydrating properties. Which is why I love it with the Hydro Boost.

How often?

This is the kind of mask you only need to use  once a week to get the full benefit. More than that is not recommended.

The cost

Price wise, it’s £32 for a 50ml tube with cloth. Or £14 for a 20ml tube. You use it once a week and I think 1-2 pumps is more than enough, so I think represents good value.

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Would I recommend?

Absolutely. If your skin isn’t sensitive and you’re looking for a really good way to smooth your skin and decongest it, the Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask is your chap. On the appearance of fine lines, it works well for me, but obviously that’s as far as its powers extend for wrinkles. Next step for me was a new moisturiser and cleanser!

A 20ml tube starts from £14.00.

I’d love to know what you use? If you use REN Skincare, do let me know what your favourites are!

Thank you REN Skincare for giving us the chance to use products from a brand that really works well for my skin. I am really grateful to have been sent the Glycolactic Renewal Mask to try! All opinions and photos are my own.

20 Comments

  1. Sarah (Mum x3x)
    November 10, 2016 / 5:16 pm
    This sounds great! I love a mask! My skin could do with some TLC. you skin looks lovely and I really like the fact it leaves skin feeling nice and smooth! Great post, thank you for sharing... I will be adding this to much, I'll be adding to my Christmas wishlist, hehe. xx
    • November 10, 2016 / 11:24 pm
      Thanks so much! I love how smooth it's left my skin. I'm a total convert to REN products, they're so consistent and just lovely! x
  2. November 10, 2016 / 10:50 pm
    My skin is super sensitive at the moment as I'm pregnant - even washing my face or coming out of the shower leaves it all blotchy and red -so I wouldn't be able to try this until that's all calmed down. But I do like a good mask - anything to try and get the glow back! Like the look of Ren - but have never tried any of their products before.
    • November 10, 2016 / 11:20 pm
      Pregnancy can wreak such havoc! Definitely not one for you right now. My skin can be so temperamental, I've been reluctant to change what works, but Ren products have been great for me. Ive had no irritation, so I'm super chuffed! Congrats, by the way! 😉x
  3. November 10, 2016 / 11:10 pm
    My skincare routine is basically a daily shower. I actually own no products and don't wear make up but this looks like a good product. I might try it.
    • November 10, 2016 / 11:23 pm
      You've got a lot going on and so I can imagine simplicity is really key! And when it works, then why on earth not! 😉Just hope you do take some time out for you sometimes as you need it too! 😘
  4. November 11, 2016 / 9:37 am
    This looks great, I am not a Ren Skincare user but after a trip to America over half term I suffered with terrible jetlag and my skin is really showing it. It looks dull and exhausted. May give it a whirl. #bloggerclubuk
    • November 12, 2016 / 3:22 am
      Planes and jet lag are so unkind to our skin! Boo! I'd recommend checking out the site as I haven't even scratched the surface of their products but I've let bed the three I've tried and every day I get a new recommendation from a fan. Oh, for a lotto win! 😂
  5. November 11, 2016 / 12:09 pm
    I could badly do with a good mask & some radiance for my face! I can't remember the last time I used a mask - that's awful to admit! I really like the sound of this one so I will be sure to check it out. Thank you for sharing with us at #BloggerClubUK x Becky, Cuddle Fairy recently posted...Our Visit to Dublin Zoo 2016My Profile
  6. November 11, 2016 / 1:33 pm
    I need this in my life! This sounds like a great mask and pick me up. Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely X
  7. November 11, 2016 / 7:46 pm
    Your post has just reminded me how much i've been neglecting my skin and I really need to adopt a skin care routine.
  8. November 11, 2016 / 8:59 pm
    bit pricey but sound really good, worth giving I try I think
  9. November 11, 2016 / 10:04 pm
    Sounds like a good value product to me! And let's face it, when it works (like it has done for you), then it doesn't matter so much what you pay, does it?
  10. November 12, 2016 / 1:45 pm
    I love masks that have that exfoliating effect, I often do one before bed and then put a skin care oil on overnight. My skin always feels super soft the next day. I would definitely try this product, your skin looks fabulous after using it!
  11. November 14, 2016 / 1:54 pm
    Have started using Flash Hydro-Boost and loving the results. Now looking at daily moisturisers from REN, but hmmmnn, which one...
    • November 17, 2016 / 3:56 pm
      It's great isn't it! Glad you love it too. Plus, it lasts so well! I've just received the
    • November 17, 2016 / 4:00 pm
      Oops! Pressed reply before I finished! I've just receive the Vita Mineral daily moisturiser and I'm hoping for big things if the others are anything to go by! Will do a review once I've had a chance to properly use it x
    • November 17, 2016 / 3:51 pm
      I'd really recommend it for smoothing things out. I've used it 3 times now (it's a once a week only) and I love how smooth it leaves my skin! 😘

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