Product Type: Ren body care
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'Clean Skin' but I prefer the chemical alternative
REN Hydra Calm Global Protection Day Cream
Member Name: KLockwood75
REN Hydra Calm Global Protection Day Cream
Advantages: Natural product, no chemicals, good for sensitive skin
Disadvantages: Didn't really suit my skin type
* 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.
Summary: Potentially a good product for sensitive skin, but not one for me...