I tried in vain to take nice product shots of REN’s new Radiance line, but the kitten (AKA Goose*) kept getting in the way. I don’t usually mind because normally she smiles nicely for the camera, but I think the riots have her feeling all fractious and rebellious. At least she’s only pulling funny faces. It could be worse.
Luckily, I met Katie from REN when I stopped her on the street a couple of months ago to take a quick style snap. I dropped her an email to ask for some product shots so you can get a clearer picture of what I’m babbling about.
I’ve been a devoted REN fan for years and years. I’m so grateful for all the excellent balms, masks, scrubs, body creams, cleansers and moisturisers that have kept me looking as youthful as possible, but I was eager to try out the new Radiance range. Although I hate to admit it, lately my skin has lost some of its sparkle (I blame age, stress and the occasional break out – I was a smug, clear-skinned teenager who now suffers from a monthly dose of Karmic complexion payback) and I hoped these products would help me out. And they did.
The Micro Polish Cleanser (£20) – with its bio extracts of amber, papaya enzyme, glycolic and lactic acid and artic seabuckthorn oil (no, I don’t know what that is either) – is a great cleanser and exfoliator. The instructions say that you should use it 2-3 times a week, but I’m guilty of adding it to my daily regime because I like it so much. I’ve only seen positive results – blemishes fade quicker and my pores have begun to shrink.
Like Goose, I’m a bit of a rebel. I keep the Radiance Perfecting Serum (£35) on my desk and apply it to my problem areas – unwanted redness and blemishes – a couple of times a day. I use it as the directions suggest too – morning and night. To be honest, it can be a little sticky going on, but I’m willing to put up with it because it helps the blemishes and other unwanted pigmentation disappear quick smart.
The third product in my Radiance arsenal is the Resurfacing AHA Concentrate (£30). I’m not going to fib, this bad boy is basically acid – glycolic, lactic, tartaric and citric to be exact. I’ve always thought that it’s counterintuitive to put anything with a low Ph level on my skin, but something this tickly concoction makes me feel like it’s working wonders. My skin instantly feels fresher.
I’ve been using these products for about a month and a number of people have told me they’ve noticed a difference. I’m one happy camper. Have you used any of these products? Or anything else by Ren? I’d love to know what works for you. Please leave me a comment below.
* All products were tested by me. I, like Ren, am against animal testing.
All images featuring face-pulling cat © Kate McAuley
Product images courtesy of Ren