Hey guys so I was  so excited to be given the opportunity to try out REN Skincare facial skincare products which are:

  • Glycol-lactic Radiance renewal Mask
  • Flash Defence anti-pollution face mist

And I wanted to let you guys know my honest review about each product and basically here goes

The Glycol-lactic radiance renewal mask has a very soft texture when you first apply it on your palm, and i literally only added very little, you do not need much, just a drop goes a long way, then i carefully massaged it into my face and let it sit for 15 minutes.

Then after all i had to do was rinse it off with warm water and it came off very easy

The science behind the bottle

Papain – The Enzyme Exfoliator

Papain is an enzyme that is extracted from the skin of the papaya fruit. Enzymes perform biological functions – this particular one helps degrade bonds between cells on the top layer of the skin to help encourage exfoliation and renewal (very similar to those cosmetic acids really!). One interesting property of papain is its reported ability to help reduce scars – we found this mentioned in a couple of reputable places, but don’t get sold on this too quickly – we weren’t able to find many robust studies supporting this property.

While we’re happy that there is some suggestion that this ingredient might help with scarring, we were concerned to find that in some cases papain can sensitize the skin and cause reactions! This is certainly something to be watching out for when considering using papain-containing products, and we’d definitely recommend patch-testing before use!

Some Added Extras

Aside from the advertised exfoliating acids and enzymes, we spotted a few other ingredients in this product’s formulation, including cranberry, grape, orange and grapefruit seed oils. Oils like these have high fatty acid contents to help hydrate skin and many contain antioxidant molecules

My Verdict

The product itself actually leaves you with what during the colder months in this city seems like an impossibly tall order: a happy, healthy brightness, with no awkward post-treatment redness or irritation. All of which is to say, I actually enjoyed using this product and would recommend it to you guys to purchase it the price is worth it

The Science Behind The Bottle

Undaria Pinntifida Extract

This is a brown seaweed, the main active ingredient being Fucoidin. ‘Detoxify’ is a non-scientific word and therefore difficult to justify through evidence based research. However fucoidan has been shown to be a good natural source of antioxidants and protective against oxidative stress.

In a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial where the extract was applied topically, it also demonstrated marked inhibitory effects on processes linked to skin ageing. The major effects of Undaria Pinntifida extract were that it aided skin immunity, soothing and protection.

Hydrolyzed Candida Saitoana Extract

This is a fungi obtained from a fermentation process. ‘Fun guy’ jokes aside, according to the French company that developed it (Silab), it is designed to work with the skins natural repair mechanisms. Internal clinical studies using 1% of the ingredient showed a 19% boost in markers of skin cell regeneration and a 13.9% reduction in quantity of oxidation, allowing the company to conclude (from its own trials, which on the downside is a conflict of interest), that the ingredient could improve complexions and reduce oxidative damage from free radicals (such as those in pollution).

Lactic Acid

A leave-on exfoliant, Lactic acid contains alpha hydroxy-acid (AHA) extracted from milk, although most cosmetic brands use a synthetic form. This breaks down the material holding surface skin cells together, allowing them to be washed away and encouraging skin cell regeneration. It may also lighten skin discoloration.

Biosaccharide Gum 4 

This is the ‘blend of Polysaccharide gum to form a non-sticky, invisible shield’. A polysaccharide is just a carbohydrate molecule and this particular type is made from fermented plants. It binds water to the surface layer of the skin, creating a film that gives it a soft, smooth feeling and functions as an anti-irritant.

 Sophora Japonica Flower Extract

An extract of the flowers of ‘The Chinese Scholar Tree’, the dried flowers and buds are used as a medicinal herb in parts of Asia with the active ingredient being Quercetin. It is traditionally used in these countries to treat excessive bleeding and in fact, studies have shown that the compounds anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties could indeed have such an effect.

In terms of skincare, research has shown that a lipid-based delivery system is optimal for quercetin to exert antioxidant benefits, so it is good news that the product contains the fatty acids mentioned above, which will work in harmony with this ingredient for maximal effectiveness.

It also has the added benefits of helping to protect the skin’s elastin (which is what keeps our faces young and stretchy), as well as healing and improving the appearance of scars.

Benzyl Salicylate

A salicylic acid mainly used for fragrance and to absorb UV light, though this should not replace your regular SPF. Some people can have reactions to this compound and it is therefore not recommended in those with sensitive skin.

My verdict 

Looking at the list above and comparing it to the research, it certainly seems as if the product could deliver on its claims. I just have to use it a few times I guess to get the hang of the product i guess

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