Glowing skin can be easy to achieve if you use the right products. Recently, I have been afraid of using anything on my skin due to my reaction to an insta famous product I used in January which has now damaged my skin. My eczema (which resulted from this reaction) has been terrible for months, leaving me with dry patches all over my face. Trying to exfoliate is a nightmare as traditional exfoliators have triggered my rash, resulting in raw and painful skin. I have heard a lot about acids and non bead exfoliators so I thought I would try REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask as I heard their products are gentle on the skin.
This bio active peel mask contains all of the good acids designed give you a radiant and renewed complexion – a cocktail of four AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) including glycolic acid from pineapple, lactic acid from passion fruit, citric acid from lemon and tartaric acid from grape create multi-action exfoliation.
As you may have seen, Glycolic Acid and AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) are everywhere right now. They are seen as the new miracle ingredients to make your skin glow. Glycolic Acid is part of and the smallest molecule in the active compounds found in AHA’s which are derived from cane sugar. Chemical peels normally contain a high percentage of this acid which are effective in treating acne, fine lines, blackheads, oily skin and dullness. Just like this REN mask, a smaller percentage is used in products we can buy in stores and an easier and safer way to use it. The way AHA’s works is by reacting with the top layer of the skin, breaking down and dissolving the sebum that binds the cells together and sloughing off dead skin cells to reveal brighter and smoother skin. It’s exfoliation without the beads to dramatically improve skin tone, texture, firmness, and radiance, while minimising the appearance of pores, reducing sun damage, hyper-pigmentation, and old acne scars.
I was terrified to use the mask and thought it would sting my skin and turn it red but its actually really pleasant to use. It smells, like its deep orange colour, sweet like a smoothie and the consistency is thick. I put a generous layer onto my skin, avoiding my eyes and lips and left it on for 10 minutes. My skin tingled slightly but it didn’t feel uncomfortable so don’t get worried if you do feel something. I washed it off with cold water, didn’t use the cloth as I didn’t want to aggravate my sensitive skin but you can if you wish. My skin looked instantly brighter, it was glowing! The dry skin had gone for the first time in months! I couldn’t believe it! My skin looked radiant, softer, brighter, smoother and healthier. I would highly recommend using this mask once a week alongside a deep cleanser.
Available from REN and Department Stores