Skincare SOS: The Products That Saved My (Metaphorical) Bacon


Aside from the odd miniature included in gift sets and given away as magazine samples I really hadn't tried much from REN before. Skincare in general has become less and less appealing to me as I've tried to cut down on the amount of products and ingredients I layer onto my skin, meaning that masks and treatments largely got the boot from my routine altogether. The method worked great for a year or so and I started to see a huge improvement in the overall look and condition of my skin. That was until a few weeks ago, when I was suddenly hit with a fairly bad breakout that I just couldn't seem to shake.

Having tried just about everything in my stocks I eventually turned to the Glow & Go set from REN. I've heard amazing things about both products included - the Glycolactic Radiance Mask and the 1 Minute Flash Rinse Facial. Both seemed to promise exactly what I was looking for; a way to gently exfoliate and refresh the skin without causing further irritation or dryness. It's worth noting that my skin has a tendency to be a little sensitive and although both of these products are not recommended for use on particularly sensitive skins, I've now been using them for a couple of months and haven't had any issues.

I use the mask on a weekly basis, applying a thin layer to the face before removing with a warm, damp cloth. One of my favourite things about both of these products is that the results are instantly gratifying, 10 minutes of face mask time each week leaves my complexion looking noticeably more radiant and feeling softer than it has in years. The 1 Minute Flash Rinse has a similar effect, although the smell of the stuff is fairly off putting. Somebody else mentioned in a review that they thought it smelt like blood; an image I haven't been able to get out of my head ever since. Blood and rust. It's a tempting combination. The product works brilliantly though and the convenience of waiting just 60 seconds for visible results is enough to keep me interested. It's a great midweek pick-me-up and manages to re-awaken my skin on even the greyest of mornings, returning a subtle, healthy glow when I most need it.

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