Way back in January I went to a REN Skincare event. Before the event, I think I had probably heard of REN, but that was really the extent of my knowledge. I didn't know that REN uses only 100% plant and mineral derived actives and is free from synthetic ingredients and I do like the idea that my skincare routine has only natural ingredients in it. My skincare regime of late has been Liz Earle's range which has almost cult status it seems, and was where I was first introduced me to the idea of a hot cloth cleanser so I was interested to find out about REN's Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser* (£16/150ml). It contains Vitamin P (found in Rosa Centifolia) to decongest and soothe, triglycerides (in cocoa seed butter) to protect against moisture loss and Rosa Damascena (in Damask rose petals) to relieve stress and soothe. The scent is subtly but undeniably rosy - and normally I'm not a big rose fan, but it smells so clean and fresh that it's delightful. A little pump goes a long way and the texture is smooth, thick and creamy - with perhaps a slightly more oily element to it than the Liz Earle one, as it stays white on the face when it's being massaged in. The cleanser comes with a cute little white flannel in the box, which is used to open the pores and remove cleanser from the face. I always remove my make up with a make up wipe in the first instance, but this cleanser certainly removes the rest of my make up leaving my face feeling clean and fresh.
We were also given two moisturisers to try out. The first was V-Cense Youth Vitality Day Cream* (£28/50ml), a new cream from REN which prevents and minimises the signs of premature ageing. It contains a whole range of bio extracts from sources including frankincense oil, calabrian oranges, rose hip seed oil, arctic cranberry seed oil and orange fruit. The smell is absolutely divine and the formula is light and absorbed easily into the skin, making it a really good moisturiser to wear under make up in the morning (I find it better than the Liz Earle one I have been using which is a bit on the greasy side).
The second moisturiser was V-Cense Revitalising Night Cream* (£32/50ml). This is actually not a new offering from REN, but is the Frankincense Revitalising Night Cream renamed. Frankincense has muscle-relaxing properties which help to smooth the skin and minimise the formation of future lines and wrinkles. It contains some of the same ingredients as the day cream, such as frankincense oil and calabrian oranges and also has wheat germ oil and beta carotene. As with the day cream, the night cream also smells incredible and has a very smooth and creamy formula. The scent, reminiscent of Arabian nights, is luxurious and relaxing, which is perfect for nighttime and I have absolutely loved using it so far.
Overall I'm really enjoying these REN Skincare products and will certainly consider repurchasing them once my current supply has run out, even if they are a bit pricier than my usual Liz Earle products. That said, my mother has always emphasised the importance of looking after my skin and considering she's 70 but doesn't look a day over 55, I'm going to accept that she may be just be right on this one and paying a little bit more could pay back dividends when I'm a septuagenarian.
REN Skincare is available at www.renskincare.com, but also at Liberty, Space NK, John Lewis and Marks & Spencer.