Review: REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask

Hi, my loves! So sorry I’ve been a littttle MIA. Been swamped with makeup work, motherhood and Brown Bucketeer thingy majigs. But I’m back with another review! I actually wanted to review a few makeup products but decided to review this mask instead because it’s been my lifesaver these past few weeks. Plus, we recently just celebrated 15 years of REN Skincare!

Yes, I’m talking about the cult-favorite REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask, a rinse-off mask designed to “refresh and renew the complexion, reduce fine lines and improve skin tone and radiance.”

REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask
REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask

Let’s start off with my skin profile: I have dry combination skin, but since it’s very cold here my skin has been much drier than usual. Due to frequent travels, my skin has also been experiencing lots of breakouts, so I have hyperpigmentation issues.

Texture & Scent: The texture of this mask is of a very thick, pasty jelly.

REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask
REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask

Once spread out, the consistency thins out and you will be able to see and feel slightly grainy textures, but they aren’t abrasive at all. Think of them as tiny balls of jelly!

REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask
REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask

Speaking of jelly, this smells like orange jelly. If you love citrus scents, you will enjoy having this on your face!

Packaging: The packaging is a plastic bottle with a pump. It’s very hygienic because the opening of the pump has got a tiny cap too!

REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask
REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask

The issue with pumps is that we usually won’t be able to completely finish up the whole bottle because there would be leftover product that we simply can’t reach in to get, but the good thing about REN Skincare packaging is that the products are stored in a plastic bag inside the bottle. This ensures every single bit of product left will get sucked out!

How fancy schmancy (and effective) is that!

Product: Now, they did have a lot of claims about this product – were they all true?

Personally, I found that this product is an excellent pick-me-up for days when my skin is dull because it has an immediate overall brightening and refreshing effect. (note: brightening is not whitening)

Over a period of three weeks, using this once every three to four days, I was able to see visible fading of some of my worst acne marks/hyperpigmentation spots.

I also had problems with congested skin around my nose and jaw area. They were tiny flesh-colored bumps, but they’re not pimples, they’re simply congested pores. I had a hard time removing these even with regular exfoliation and acne treatments, but this mask really helped accelerate the whole process. My skin texture has been much smoother ever since I’ve used this regularly for three consecutive weeks.

So, all of their claims seem to be true, except for the “fine lines” claim – I personally don’t have lines yet (except laugh lines, which I’m not too worried about) so I can’t testify to that.

Application Tips: This product does sting my skin, especially areas with active acne and open wounds. So if you have cystic acne or open wounds, you might have to avoid those areas. You can apply this on past acne marks because it really helps fade the dark spots left behind, but I don’t recommend applying it when your acne hasn’t healed yet as it will most likely sting and irritate it.

If you have sensitive skin, make sure you do a patch test first!

Final Verdict: So, all in all, I highly recommend this mask if you suffer from dull, bumpy, spotted skin. With regular use (once every three to four days) you would be able to see a difference. My skin was immediately brighter, smoother in texture (less bumps!) and my past acne marks are slowly, but surely, fading away.

I give this 4.5/5 buttons!

Have you ever tried this mask?
Let me know if you loved it too, or if you know of any comparable alternatives!

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