Right after getting started with Ooh! Beautiful, I felt excitedly overwhelmed by the plethora of healthy skincare options that surrounded me. I’m that cliche “kid in a candy shop” when it comes to cosmetics, skin and haircare — I just can’t help myself. It’s in my genes … thanks, Mom! At any rate, I was thrilled to have a chance to familiarize myself with a skincare line called REN. I was especially thrilled because I’m always noticing beauty awards for their top-selling products featured in InStyle, Harper’s Bazaar, and Marie Claire, so naturally, this type of press peaked my interest!
REN Skincare’s philosophy is summed up in three words: performance, purity, and pleasure. Their entire line is referred to as “clean skincare”. The “performance” of the line is proven through groundbreaking formulas that have undergone rigorous testing (NOT on animals), with clinically proven results. The products’ “purity” is due in part to plant and mineral-derived ingredients that leave out damaging synthetics, and the “pleasure” comes from product texture and their clean, calming fragrance that’s barely detectable, thus allowing an overall pleasurable experience just from daily washing and treating.
I’ll admit, my initial reaction to “clean skincare” is typically “will it really work?” Being an epidermal problem-child for as long as I can remember, I’m always on the lookout for effective skincare — aggressively effective, in fact. Therefore, I was a little hesitant about investing in a natural regimen. Alas, I bit the bullet and did something GOOD for myself and actually bought “clean skincare”. My three selections consisted of: ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser, ClearCalm 3 Replenishing Gel Cream, and their Micro Polish Cleanser (I love a good, gentle scrub once, maybe twice a week depending on the weather). Physical exfoliation isn’t necessarily bad for your skin, unless you’re extremely sensitive. As long as the scrub you’re working with isn’t full of harsh granules, a good polishing is absolutely necessary.
I’ve been using the ClearCalm range for oily, acne-prone skin for about a week and so far, I’m impressed! My skin feels extremely clean after washing. Note: always double wash! *Remove your makeup thoroughly and THEN cleanse your face.* The clay cleanser was calming with its light texture and fragrance, and gave my face that squeaky-clean feel after washing. (I was pleasantly surprised!) Over the past week of using this, along with the ClearCalm cream at night (a light, non-greasy cream with very little fragrance), I’ve noticed a more even-toned complexion, smaller pores, and an overall stress-free look to my skin. Harsh chemicals aside, it IS possible to use clean, gentle formulas to achieve great skin. It’s all about making sure it has effective, quality ingredients that will specifically address your skin’s concerns — whatever they may be, and in my case, excess oil and breakouts (even in my 30′s) is my continual case. The ClearCalm range contains an anti-bacterial agent, and as most of us know, clogged pores begins with bacteria, dirt and oil. This aspect appealed to me right off the bat and is certainly doing it’s diligence.
With regards to the scrub — great choice for someone with oily skin, aging skin, dry skin; you name it! It serves as a cleanser and scrub in one, so once you’ve removed your makeup, you can simply wash with this once or twice a week and luxuriate in the look of soft, radiant skin.
Needless to say, I’m beyond excited about today’s REN event at 1pm in Ooh! because I’ll hopefully have the opportunity to get my hands on their ClearCalm Mask and BB cream. I’m of course BB/CC obsessed — who wouldn’t be with a 20-month-old attached to their hip?! It’s an easy, fuss-free way to even out your complexion for a day of work, errands, and can even double as a makeup primer. REN’s Satin Perfection BB Cream has won a variety of awards, proving that “BB hype” is indeed well-deserved.
Stop by Ooh! Beautiful today for a mini-facial! Beautiful, healthier skin that radiates youth and wellness? Now that’s pure, performing pleasure if you ask me.