A great new product from REN and finally, a great natural and effective alternative to one of my favourite products in the world. It feels completely neutral on the skin but leaves it feeling smooth and ready for moisture.
Designed for a combination to combination/oily skin type, this gentle chemical exfoliator uses a natural form of salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid). Salicylic acid these days is artificially engineered and is actually chemically very similar to aspirin.
The original and expensive to obtain form of salicylic acid is a willow extract and is exactly what you’ll find in REN Clarifying Toning Lotion. Salicylic acid is a wonderful ingredient as it exfoliates by breaking down the bonds of dead skin cells and the sweeping motion of your cotton pad, gentle and effectively brushes them away.
This gentle water also uses the power of glycolic acid (pineapple), lactic acid (passion fruit), citric acid (lemon) and tartaric acid (grapes) all work together with salicylic acid to thoroughly and gently decongest the pores and remove dead skin cells. Flavinoids, extracted from Mayblossom, help to kill off excess bacteria as well as toning the pores and reducing excess oil production.
As well as these powerful natural active ingredients there’s also calming Lavender flower water, known for its anti-bacterial properties; peppermint, an anti-bacterial known to condition and tone the skin; Bergamot leaf extract which is cooling and oil-balancing.
For Acne and blemish concerns, you should always avoid using manual exfoliation (scrubs and beads) as you can risk breaking the skin, which can lead to scarring as well as spreading the infection; however, you still need to exfoliate. Therefore you should really consider chemical exfoliants to gently remove the pore-blocking, dead skin cells and to kill off excess p.Acne (spot causing) bacteria.
Apply a small amount of the liquid onto a cotton pad and wipe once over the face, avoiding the eye area. With any chemical exfoliators, you shouldn’t go over the same area twice as this can over-exfolaite the skin; so no vigorous rubbing.
I can’t really stress enough how neutral this feels on the skin, to the point that you don’t really think it’s doing much, but when it comes to applying your moisturiser you’ll notice how much more effectively it sinks in. After only one week of use, I’d discontinued using any other forms of exfoliation and found that my skin still felt as it should and as it usually does.
REN Clarifying Toning Lotion is £18 and available here from Mankind. A bottle this size should last you a good few months as you only need the tiniest amount for each use. If you’ve already started using this or have some REN recommendations, please let me know by dropping a comment.