Hi everyone. Today I am reviewing two lovely skincare products from REN: Active 7 Radiant Eye Gel* and Clearcalm 3 Clarity restoring mask*. I mentioned REN before - in a review of the natural and organic Amarya beauty box here and I am happy to report, that their products don't contain parabens and sulfates and are free from harsh ingredients. I also love their clever packaging - it really makes a difference!
Active 7 Radiant Eye Gel 15ml* £20 link
"A light and cooling gel to treat, revive and brighten the delicate eye area, under or over makeup. Cools and refreshes. Reduces the appearance of puffiness and dark circles. The eye contour looks smoother, firmer. Apply a small amount to the skin around the eye, gently massage until absorbed. Reapply as necessary."
I use eye creams religiously, but I prefer them in a gel formula :) I like the feeling of a cool gel on the delicate skin around the eye area. The Active 7 Radiant Eye Gel feels very refreshing and sinks into the skin very quickly. I use it twice a day and I noticed that it really helps with puffiness. When I was crying my eyes out before and after my sons operation, I needed something to get rid of the puffiness and redness around my eyes and this gel worked wonders. It gives instant relief and makes my eyes look fresh and less tired. I have been using it for over 2 weeks and I also noticed improvement in the dark circle department. It is not a dramatic improvement (yet), but the effects are visible and I can use less concealer underneath my eyes now. You only need a small amount of the gel each time, so be careful with the pump to make sure you don't squeeze too much product out. You get 15 ml for £20 so the price is pretty reasonable. I would happily pay this amount of money for an eye gel that actually works. I used many cheaper alternatives before, but they didn't work at all.
this tiny amount was enough for both eyes
ClearCalm 3 Clarity Restoring Mask 50ml* £30 link
"REN's ClearCalm3 system combats the 3 key causes of breakouts and blemishes: excess sebum; build up of dead skin cells; blemish-causing bacteria... without harshness.A treatment mask formulated to combat and help prevent breakouts. It will reduce visible blemishes and leave skin looking clear, calm and even-toned. Absorbs sebum and gently exfoliates to decongest blocked pores. Antimicrobial action combats the spread of breakout-causing bacteria. Reduces the appearance of pore size and redness. Soothes and calms. Lightens the appearance of pigmented scars. For best results, use twice a week. Apply a generous amount of product onto clean skin. Leave on 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water."
Sometimes my skin decides to break out horribly and it is not a nice feeling. It is usually a hormonal issue, so it is very hard to combat those pesky breakouts! The biggest problem I've got is enlarged, clogged pores and congestion. I had very high expectations from this product, as it costs £30 and I heard many good things about it.
Did it work? Yes! It worked wonders! It really does what it says on there tin. It cleared my pores, helped to reduce redness and congestion and since I stared using it I only had a few small breakouts. It really helped to clear up my skin, so if you suffer from acne or have problems with breakouts it should work for you too. I apply a generous amount of the mask, focusing on problem areas and a small amount onto the rest of my face. I leave it on for 15 minutes and wash off with a muslin cloth and warm water. The effect is amazing - my skin feels really clear and smooth, my complexion looks more even and the pores are less visible. It is quite pricey, but definitely worth the money. It has a tiny cap to put on the dispenser to stop the mask from drying out- very smart idea. The only thing I wasn't sure about is the scent -it is quite strong, but I can get used to it. I could smell Sulfur and Zinc, but those are the magic ingredients :)