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I have very sensitive skin and have tried many brands and types of moisturisers from the budget range to quite expensive over the years, but always ended up with my skin either becoming very dry and dehydrated or irritated.
I was walking through a London department store in 2011 and happened to stop at the REN counter. As I had never heard of the brand I was intrigued. I told the sales assistant that I suffered from very sensitive skin and she showed me the Hydra-calm range. She asked if I used toner and I replied that I did. This was when she informed me that toners contain alcohol and were attributing to my dry dehydrated skin, and that I should not use them in my daily routine.
At £27 I was a bit dubious but I took the moisturiser anyway, and three years later I am still using the product. I noticed a difference in my skin within the first month of using the product and therefore decide at that point to continue using it, as it had been quite some time since I had non-irritated skin.
The cream comes in a 50ml pump dispenser container and feels quite thick and creamy. I was a bit worried at first that the cream would clog my pores and encourage spots. However this did not happen at all. It does take a bit to rub it in to the skin and was quite disconcerting on first application. But once you get used to it, it becomes second nature.
On average, a 50ml dispenser lasts me for about a 6 month period, therefore it costs me about £1 per week for my moisturiser, which could be seen, especially in these times of austerity, as quite expensive. But for me it is totally worth it.
The only downside for me, is that this brand is only sold in the UK in a small number of larger department stores, so if I am not going into the city I have to order online, which means I have to remember to order it in time before I run out completely. However, on the upside as I order it directly from the REN website, I get two free samples with every order, which are perfect for weekend trips away.
Additionally, just to add to confusion, REN have recently changed the product name from Hydra-calm and it is now called eve-rcalm.
I would recommend this product to anyone who suffers from sensitive skin.
REN Hydra-calm global protection day cream
I received a couple of sample bottles of this with magazines and I have used them up now so here is my review.
- About the product
I have a couple of 15ml bottle which is 0.5 fl oz. I have used the REN hydra calm cleansing gel before and it doesn't irritate my skin so I knew I would probably be ok with the other products in the range. It is made for sensitive skin types, as you can guess from the product name, although it would be ok for other skin types I would imagine. It doesn't contain any nasties such as parabens, sulphates, mineral oils, fragrance, colours, silicone etc. The brand is against animal testing which is great!
- Using the product
I have sensitive skin, due to eczema which comes and goes, so I have to be careful with skincare - even if it claims to be suitable for sensitive skin. Although as with the cleansing gel in this range, it doesn't irritate my skin - but if my eczema flares up really badly, as it is now, then it does irritate slightly (although almost everything does when my eczema is really bad). The cream is thick and a white colour so it looks like any other facial cream. It smells gorgeous, it smells like floral talcum powder - although I would prefer it to be unscented. It has a really smooth consistency, it applies smoothly and it doesn't take ages to absorb. It moisturises without being heavy, greasy or shiny on the skin. The cream leaves my skin feeling moisturised, smooth, soft and comfortable. It may be too moisturising for those with oily sensitive skin types. Overall, a really nice product from a great brand!
- Price and availability
This product can be bought from the REN skincare website for £27 for 50ml which is really quite expensive in my opinion It can also be bought from marks and spencers, spacenk, john lewis for the same price. I think it is a great product but it is not worth the price tag.
*Absorbs quickly - Doesn't leave my skin greasy, heavy or irritated
*Nice floral powdery scent - although I wish it was unscented
*Leaves my skin smooth, moisturised, soft and comfortable
*Some natural ingredients, against animal testing
Thank you for reading my review
Ren products are a little bit outside my everyday beauty budget, but I had heard a lot of positive things about the range. Earlier this year I received a pack of three sample tubes of Ren products with my subscription copy of Red Magazine. One of these was the Hydra-Calm Global Protection Day Cream. The product has been sitting on my dressing table for a while, but I ran out of my usual moisturiser a couple of weeks ago and decided to give it a go.
* The Brand *
Ren is a self-proclaimed 'clean' skincare brand that makes products that are free of chemicals and potential irritants, uses the latest bio-active technology in the development of their products and contributes part of its profits to campaigns that promote a better environment. They specialise in facial skincare and body products. It is relatively expensive, with pricing for full-sized products on a par with brands such as Clinique.
* The Product *
As this is a sample tube, I can't really comment much on the packaging of the product. My version is a 15ml squeezy tube with a screw-cap. Like the rest of the Ren range, it is very clean looking with just the pale green brand colour and some black type. The blurb on the back says it is "a moisturiser formulated to leave more sensitive skin optimally hydrated, calmed, soothed, protected and looking beautifully healthy". It is a 'clean' product which does not contain parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, petroleum, synthetic fragrance or synthetic colours. According to REN's website, the product contains natural vitamins and minerals to help reduce skin inflammation and irritation and a powerful blend of anti-oxidants and free radical scavengers to protect the skin against UV induced damage and premature ageing. To be honest, I've never been that worried about what I put on my face - as far as I am concerned it is all about the performance (or, in some cases, the pretty packaging or the brand name), but I was interested in seeing how a more natural product performed.
* Performance *
Application of this product is the same as any other moisturiser. You simply apply it to freshly cleaned skin (after applying a toner if you use one) and massage it in gently using your finger tips. I have found that you do not need to use a huge amount of this product to feel like your face is being effectively moisturised. The product has a soft, creamy texture and feels lovely as you apply it to your skin. In my opinion, the lack of synthetic fragrance makes it smell slightly medicinal - it is not a 'bad' smell as such, but I certainly wouldn't purchase it for the fragrance. Although it feels nice immediately after application, I find that my skin feels fairly dry within a couple of hours of using this moisturiser. This is especially noticeable on the days where I don't wear make-up - I have often noticed a tight, dry feeling to my skin a couple of hours after applying, making me feel like I need to moisturise again. Strangely, later in the day, my skin feels ok again so I'm not really sure why I experience that sensation. For me, it performs better under make-up than on its own as I don't experience the 'dry' feeling when I have a primer and foundation on top. I also don't feel that it is doing much to boost the physical appearance of my skin - it does not illuminate it or make it glow. Additionally, I prefer my skincare products to provide some sun protection which this product doesn't. On the plus side, my skin looks fairly good after two weeks of using this product - I have not experienced any spots, greasiness or dry patches, all of which I have had with some other products in the past.
* Cost *
A full sized 50ml bottle of REN Hydra-Calm Global Protection Day Cream costs £27. It is available in department stores such as John Lewis and Selfridges, Space NK and some independent retailers. You can also buy a mini "Kit for Sensitive Skin" for £13 which contains a 15ml sample size tube of this product as well as mini versions of their cleansing gel, an overnight renewal serum and a face mask. I would suggest this represents good value if you are tempted to try their products.
* Would I recommend it? *
I personally wouldn't buy this product again as, for me, it is nothing special. However, I don't really have sensitive skin - my skin tends to be more combination skin, with an increased tendency towards dryness when I haven't drunk enough water, and therefore it isn't a product specifically tailored to my skin type. It does feel like a gentle product and the formulation of it may be beneficial to people who do actually need a specific sensitive skin product. I have been impressed enough with the product to consider looking at the REN range again in the future but, this time, with a product more suited to my skin. For now though, I think I will be sticking with my chemical-containing products - they may not be as good for me, but I prefer the way my skin looks and feels when I use them, so that is what really counts.
I received this moisturiser in a little mini kit of REN products that I got free with a magazine last month. After looking around online I found the full-sized (50ml) version costs £27.
My mini version comes in a plastic tube with a screw off lid, but the full version comes in a bottle with a pump dispenser on the top. The design is very nice and looks very high quality which I would want from something so expensive.
The moisturiser has quite a thick cream consistency and a strong and rather strange smell which I can't even atempt to describe. It's not an unpleasant smell though, just strange. The cream feels quite thick when I apply it which worries me as it feels quite heavy on my combination skin.
It doesn't sink in as quickly as I would like, but once it has it leaves my skin feeling extremely soft and smooth. My skin is quite sensitive nad so the soothing element of the cream definitely interested me and I felt it worked well to soothe any irritation and calm down redness and other visible signs of irritation. It also moisturises very effectively making any dry spots or irritations less noticeable.
The only problem I have with it, and for me personally it's a major one, is that it's just too heavy for my combination/oily skin and it leaves my skin feeling a little clogged and dirty after a while and looking very shiny. If it wasn't for this I would rate it very highly but this is an important factor for me.
REN skincare products were recommended to me by a make up artist when having my make up done for a wedding. Before this I had never heard of them, but since I tried them, it is safe to say that I am addicted and will probably be a REN customer for life.
REN skincare products pride themselves on being free from chemicals - they contain no artificial fragrance or colours, animal ingredients, petrochemicals or sulphate detergents. I have really sensitive skin and used to suffer from eczema on my face, but since starting to use REN products around a year ago this has cleared up completely.
REN Hydra-Calm Global Protection cream is my moisturiser of choice. This costs £27.00 for a 50ml bottle. The bottle itself is a cylinder shaped tube with a pump top. It is clear plastic enabling you to see how much product is left and it also has a clear plastic lid. The instructions for use are printed on the side of the tube alongside the ingredients. When you buy this moisturiser it also comes in a cardboard box, which in my opinion is a waste of packaging, as the tube is sturdy enough not to require this, and I always put the box in the bin straight away!
The moisturiser itself is a white, fairly thick creamy consistency. When you pump it out of the bottle I find I usually need around 1 and a half pumps to cover my whole face. When I apply, the moisturiser is instantly absorbed and leaves my face shine free. My face immediately feels moisturised, calm and refreshed, and this feeling lasts all day. My make up glides on easily over the top of this moisturiser.
The scent of the moisturiser is lovely. It is a very natural smell but I cannot think what to liken this to. It is a pleasant smell though, and isn't overpowering.
I use this moisturiser day and night, but I do find it more of a day time moisturiser and would like something a bit heavier for overnight to give my skin more of a deeper moisturise.
One 50ml tube of this moisturiser lasts me around 2 months, using morning and night every day. The price tag is on the hefty side, but for something that keeps my skin so clear, it is definitely worth it. The price tag may not be worth it for those of you who have normal skin and can get away with using cheaper products!
REN Skincare products are available online at www.renskincare.com or also in department stores such as House of Fraser, John Lewis etc. I usually shop online through the official website as they do offer some little perks. If you register with the REN website you can collect reward points with every order to save up and get a free product. They also allow you to choose your 'favourite product' and they give 10% off this for life (you can choose a new favourite every 6 months). With every online order you get to choose two sample size products which I keep for when I am travelling. Shipping is usually free with an order of over £40-50 so I usually buy a few products at once.
In summary this product is a great moisturiser that I will probably continue to use for a long time due to my sensitive skin. I would definitely recommend it to anyone suffering from sensitive or irritated skin, but for those with normal skin it probably just isn't worth the price tag!! I am giving this product 4* just because I think it is a bit overpriced.
I hope you have enjoyed my review, thanks for reading.
I received a mini REN kit in a magazine recently, this Global Protection day cream was included in the kit. For those of you who aren't aware of REN, they make clean products that are free from skin-unfriendly ingredients including: synthetic fragrance, pore-blocking petrochemicals, sulfate detergents, synthetic colours, animal ingredients and parabens. There products are available online or from John Lewis and Space NK. This moisturiser retails at £27 for a 50 ml bottle.
This cream is formulated to leave more sensitive skin optimally hydrated, calmed, soothed, protected and looking healthy. It aims to hydrate and replenish, so skin feels calmed and soothed. It also protects against free radicals to combat the signs of premature ageing. The cream contains Chamomile Flower Extract, Sesame Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Sunflower Seed Oil, Cranberry Seed Oil, Black Currant Seed Oil, Mandarin Orange Peel Oil and Chamomile Flower Oil.
The cream has quite a thick consistency - like that of whipped cream, and has a delicate aroma of natural extracts - not ones I can put my finger on though! Despite the thicker consistency, this cream is easily rubbed over the skin and absorbed. I find that an amount just larger than an pea is enough to cover my face - so a little goes a long way. My face instantly feels moisturised, this cream really quenches my face's thirst without feeling heavy or greasy. My skins looks almost matte after I have applied this and there is no residue on the skin surface.
This cream provides an excellent base to apply make up or primers, my foundation glides onto my skin, without gathering in certain areas or sliding off. The moisturisation from this cream lasts all day, my skin doesn't feel dry or dehydrated at any point during the day when I have used this, and it reassures me to know that this is helping to protect my skin from free-radicals (what ever the heck they are :p) This cream doesn't make my combination skin oily or break out which is a real deal breaker for me. This isn't formulated specifically for oily skins, but it is good to know that it does not make me look like I am made of wax!
This really is a soothing cream and although I do not have sensitive skin, I feel that this cream would be suitable for those that do, due to the natural ingredients. Whether you have sensitive skin or not, this is a lovely moisturiser with added benefits of environmental protection and natural ingredients. Unfortunately, there is the added price tag that comes with this. I really like the cream, but I am put off by the price -which is justified, but I just can't afford to pay it :( because of this, I personally won't be buying this.
I have to award this 4 stars due to the high price tag
Thanks for reading x
A moisturiser formulated to leave more sensitive skin optimally hydrated, calmed, soothed, protected and looking beautifully healthy / Omega 3 and 7 from arctic blackcurrant seed and arctic seabuckthorn berry oil help to reduce skin inflammation and irritation Bisabolol soothes and reduces redness Global protection complex / Antileukine from ochroleuca seaweed, tocotrienols from arctic cranberry seed oil, kaempferol from candle tree leaves and leghemoglobin from kudzu zymbiozome are a powerful blend of anti-oxidants and free radical scavengers to protect the skin against UV induced damage and premature ageingResults: Hydrates and replenishes / Skin feels calmed and soothed / Protects against free radicals to combat the signs of premature ageing / How to use:Gently massage onto clean face and neck until absorbed /